The difference between a classical and a flamenco guitar.

This is an older piece that I’ve decided to edit up and post here on the blog, as it’s never been seen here before. I figure I’ll throw it in the queue and use it when it’s needed.

If you’re seeing this – it means I’ve otherwise spent my time. It also means I need a new spare article!

Someone was mentioning that they liked flamenco and another person had mentioned wanting to hear some too. Thus, I figured I’d sit down and work on that. It’s really, really hard to change styles of music rapidly. I hadn’t been playing much flamenco lately – as in not in years.

I dug out my favorite flamenco guitar last night and threw new strings on it. Only, today, I realized that the action is much too high and the intonation is out. Rather than adjust the truss rod myself, I’m going to send it out to have it done. Can I do it myself? Absolutely. However, he can do it much faster and much better than I can. I’ve already called, I’m going to bring it down this weekend and I’ll have it back in just a few days.

So, I sat here and practiced a bit on a classical guitar and I’m really, really not happy with the tone.

But, Buddha, aren’t they all the same? The headstock looks the same, they’re both strung with nylon, and they’re both acoustic and made of wood!

Alas, no… Can I play flamenco on a classical? Yeah, pretty much. It doesn’t sound right and, by now, you’ve probably noticed that I aim for perfection in my playing. My art is faithful reproduction and I do try to be as faithful as is humanly possible.

So, what’s the difference?
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TheBuddha Writes a Bad Review!

So, as I’ve told you, my creativity bone is broken. Yup, busted up real goodly. I’m late, again. I couldn’t think of anything to write about.

I have a spare article. I’m saving it. I also had today’s show postponed, due to weather. So, I figured I’d not use that one today. I figured I’d write something different today, but couldn’t think of anything to write.

By the way, for those following along, the eldest hoodlum is pretty damned grumpy about today’s show being called off. It’s okay, it’ll give her time to practice some more.

Anyhow, today I’m gonna write a bad review. It’s a bit generic, but it’s a sentiment I’ve had for ages.
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Let’s talk about one of the greatest guitars ever crafted…

Quick question for you. What is your favorite electric guitar and why is it the Martin D-28?

Nah, it’s okay to have other favorites. But, this is one of my favorites and I’m going to tell you all about it – and why I think everyone should own one.

It’s the immediate choice I’d make when the subject invariably comes up with what acoustic guitar would you want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island.

Wait,  you mean that subject doesn’t come up in your conversations with friends? It’s just me, then? No… It can’t be!

Seriously, I’ve had that conversation (or similar) many times. I’ve even witnessed that conversation leading to hurt feelings and damaged friendships. Some folks are just pretty passionate about such things.

Meh, it doesn’t matter. They’re just wrong!

Ha! I kid! (Or do I?)
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Let’s talk about Yamaha and call it a lesson, shall we?

I just recently wrote about a magical guitar and that was actually based on a few comments I’d had in reply, an email, and a private message. One thing led to another and you ended up with that article.

It’s what I do!

Anyhow, I have decided to write some more about that guitar company – but with a bit of history.

The ‘net is right full of sites that will give you free lessons with which to learn to play guitar. There’s even whole forums dedicated to mastering classical guitar. There’s speed metal, neo-classical metal, folk, hard rock, classic rock, and progressive rock forums – all dedicated to teaching you how to play guitar.

They do a pretty good job teaching and, frankly, you all seem to enjoy this sort of stuff more. Having had careers that meant performing, I’m acclimated to giving people what they want. It’s in my blood. It makes me happy to see your comments and to see the number of times y’all read these silly things.

So, surely I’ll continue to write and call them lessons – even if they don’t seem like things you need to know if you want to play Smoke On The Water.

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Let’s talk about a magical guitar and call it a lesson, shall we?

It is just like any other year and you’re browsing your local free for the taking site online. Maybe you’re shopping for a cheap guitar for your kid?

You happen to see a guitar for free, or maybe $150.00 USD. It’s a Yamaha. It’s acoustic but not one your recognizing. You pass and go on to find a free chicken coop.

A free chicken coop is awesome, granted. However, you might have just missed one of the greatest finds you could have ever made.

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Let’s have another chunk of music history and call it a lesson, shall we?

I have a few free moments and figured I’d take that time to push something extra out this week. Why not? It’s not like I was doing anything better.

Today, I’m going to start with a story – of sorts – and then tell you about a company called Washburn. It’s not a very long story*, but it’s very unlike what most people seem to remember and it’s not even remotely like what Washburn would have you believe.

*I kid. It’s actually pretty long by most standards, but not that long by my standards. Still you’re going to want a cup of coffee.

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