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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Some songs only work on classical guitars

hushnel
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Aug 24th, 2019 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I pulled out my iPod to cut the grass yesterday, a tune I hadn’t listened to in years popped up. From the very first time I heard this song I loved it. I can’t remember who turned me on to it, I think NPR.

The tune is the first song on the Buena vista Social Club album “Chan Chan”. I freaked out the guys at work when I turned them on to it, this was in Miami, most of them are Cuban, Caribbean and a good friend from Nicaragua. I was the one who turned them on to Arturo Sandoval too. They played the Cuban top 40 stuff all day long, I don’t really like it all that much but these guys just grab me

Any how I decided I gotta to learn it. Found a young guy on YouTube that has it down. All straight up chords with cool transitions but it’ll still take me two or three days before I have all nailed down.

I can imagine throwing this tune into one our sets, I don’t know if I could ever nail the vocals. Next time I’m in Miami I’ll get one of my buddies to help me with it. Record it word my word. I could easily spend a few month or so gettin’ this tuned gig ready. I never figured I could learn anything like this.

For me this tune has everything going for it. I’ll have to get my guitar players nephew to learn the trumpet part. It’s stuff like this that keeps me at it.

Chan Chan

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Aug 26th, 2019 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Classical Gas?

hushnel
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Aug 26th, 2019 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, and Parlor Gas, and PJ Bass Gas, you name I got it :o)

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Aug 27th, 2019 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the sustain of playing simple classical pieces on a nice steel string, but when the playing gets serious ultimately you need the string spacing of the wider nut and nylon strings to be accurate and get good dynamics out of rest notes and the like.

That's a cool latin piece, glad you're enjoying it. I'm sure you noticed that the youtuber isn't playing it on a classical guitar. ;)

I find most pieces in the classical repertoire sound better on a guitar with a traditional 2 inch nut width and nylon strings.

hushnel
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Aug 28th, 2019 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes I did, figured it was more convenient for the YouTube recording.

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