Re: guitar questions
- From: The Chris <cabell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 25 Jul 2005 14:50:01 GMT
tysteel2000@xxxxxxx wrote in news:1122296148.555136.210290
> I've been playing piano for some years, and I'm thinking about taking
> up the guitar. I have a few questions I'd like to ask about how the
> guitar is played.
> With the piano, it's like a mini-orchtestra, in an arrangement you can
> balance a lot of different things all at once: bass, chords, melody.
> I think maybe too many different things to juggle, and it can take the
> fun out of it. I know that when playing accompaniment, it is usually
> done with the right hand playing the chord patterns, and the left hand
> playing bass patterns, and anything less is considered "inadequate" and
> frowned upon.
> my question about the guitar is, when you play accompaniment from a
> fake book or charts, do you have to juggle bass and chords patterns
> together on your guitar (like we do on piano), or is that even
> possible? I'm thinking that with playing an acoustic guitar, you'd
> just play the chord patterns only and sing along.
> Also, what if you were to play a guitar solo...is it possible that you
> can play both straight chords and the melody all at the same time? Can
> all of this be juggled on the guitar simultaneously? I know it can be
> on piano. I know that a lot of guitar bands have someone who plays
> rhythm, and another who plays the lead lines, so I'm thinking that it's
> not very common for someone to play both things at the same time on
> just one guitar.
> I'm thinking about shifting away from piano to guitar because I'm just
> looking for a more straight forward instrument where I'm not expected
> to juggle a bunch of things at once in order to sound "adequate" or
> "professional". Also, because of timbre, the guitar sounds like a
> much better instrument of accompaniment than piano for rock songs, like
> what I enjoy playing.
To a certain degree it can be done - by very skilled players like Chet
Atkins and Stanley Jordan, but for the most part, when you're doing
accompaniment, it's just chords and the odd lick thrown in. It's a much
less demanding instrument than the piano - all things being equal.
Meaning, on piano you're expected to do two-hand independent stuff,
whereas on guitar, it's a special skill.
On piano, you can literally play ten chromatic notes together - on
guitar, that's near impossible...
Granted, it's another instrument to learn, but if you're comfortable with
theory, you'll have that hurdle crossed...
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