J. Herman Pro • Jun 15, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsJisD7n8_Q Comments [user=28430326]J. Herman[/user] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrWyZ0KZuk [user=28430326]J. Herman[/user] One of my favorite guitar players ever. Well worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XLZeZDJayU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bRy-EGSrqQ [user=21954366]los pueblos[/user] [user=J. Herman]J. Herman[/user] electro guitar is sometimes great: pink floyd solo on comfortably numb, comes to mind. but i really cant listen other than a few softcore solos, heavy rock and metal is too much harsh noise for me, not that they are bad music. however for electro jazz guitar, i really love the sound. [user=26752381]Vin Emer[/user] It's been a while since I listened to electric guitar players. Way too high energy for me to get into myself, but I will say it does have an exciting feel that most classical guitar music never manages to get. It really gets your heart racing. [user=28430326]J. Herman[/user] That's the whole reason I ever bothered exploring Classical Music in the first place. Sort of the direction I was heading until I hooked up with my last band which was more Hard Core Skater Metal. I prefer the adrenaline and energy myself but I play several different genres. Most of my compositions are for solo contemporary classical/ fingerstyle guitar though. [user=26752381]Vin Emer[/user] [user=J. Herman]J. Herman[/user] Yeah, it really depends on what you are looking for in music as to what genre you'll pick to listen to or play, so it makes sense to play several different genres as people (including ourselves) are not always in the same mood. Someone might want to relax one day, and then have their adrenaline rush the next. However, for me (and I think this has something to do with the fact that I was not a musical person to begin with) once I had gotten used to classical music (and that did take a while, about a couple years of listening to it every once in while before I started listening to it regularly) it just kind of stuck with me. I don't get tired of it. I don't know why that is the case. I am sure it has to do with the fact that there is a lot variety amongst the various composers, but other people don't see it that way and lump them all under the "classical" genre even though, for example, I found listening to Bach was a very different experience from listening to Chopin. But, I don't want to just contribute the "I am not into it myself, but I can see why other people are" sort of comment I left earlier. So, here is some of the guitar music I used to listen back when I first started playing guitar (and I first started playing with an electric guitar as I mentioned before. I am not sure if you will like them at all. You might find them awful. This was back when I was in high school/middle school (I wasn't really into music in middle school, but my friends did and so I did know some that I liked). I haven't listened to these in years. This is the guitar music that is nostalgic for me. I didn't know about any of the classical music for nearly as long except for a select few of the more popular classical tunes and those weren't for guitar. Oh, and one more thing: I didn't just listen to solos. I mainly listened to the regular songs, but since you posted solos I will too.): John Petrucci (apparently he has played together with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, according to recommended videos, so maybe you will like him after all): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJQTJNROdU8 John Antony Frusciante: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deGrt_FdQL4 This is from the band Amon Amarth. Their guitarists are Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Soderberg, but I remember them having more guitarists then that. Oh well, here are some of their solos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hfo13MMSjw Those were the three favorites I used to have that come to mind. [user=28430326]J. Herman[/user] I think for me it's the challenge of trying to create and play good quality music. It doesn't really matter the particular genre as long as whatever the particular genre I'm focusing on at the time is stays real. I think that's what draws me to the Fusion Styles because you're free to incorporate different genre techniques. It's really no different than what most of the master composers of the past were doing. They were just doing it within the popular styles of the time. A player you might like also is Tony McAlpine. He used to play with Vinnie Moore some. He was fantastic unfortunately he died several years ago from a brain tumor but wow what a great player he was. I like John Petrucci as well. I'll post some more of my favorites when I have more time. I've been kind of busy the last week. I've been working on a new piece. I'm not sure what to do with it yet. I might have to set it aside for a while and do something else because I'm starting to get frustrated with it. It's a good idea but I'm stuck for now. lol [user=26752381]Vin Emer[/user] [user=J. Herman]J. Herman[/user] Yeah, I have started work on my thirteenth prelude, but I am kind of taking a break from it in order to gather thoughts. I could hurry up and finish it, but I want my compositions to at least be something memorable. I think I succeeded in doing that with the set of divertissements I wrote, which are the first pieces of music I ever wrote. (Here is a link to the set: https://musescore.com/user/26752381/sets/4902699 ) They are not the best, and I am sure most people who have tried listening to them don't regard them as memorable because they only listened to them on musescore. But, I am sure that if they like classical guitar music, hearing them played on guitar will change their minds about at least a few of them, although I don't think I did a better job than composers from previous generations, especially since I didn't know anything at all about composing music when I first started writing the set, just the basics of reading sheet music really. My first piece I used a bunch of chords I was already familiar with from playing classical guitar for years. In later pieces I deliberately tried playing in keys and using chords that I wasn't familiar with. I actually plan to focus on memorizing that set so I can eventually record them in the not too distant future. Probably after learning Sor's Op. 20, I will learn some other pieces I always wanted to play like Villa-Lobos etude 7, Regondi Etude 4, Bach's Chaconne, and relearn some pieces that I used to play from memory in the past but I no longer have memorized like the Fugue from Bach's BWV 1001, Tarrega's Capricho Arabe, and Enrique Granados's Danza Espanola No. 5 Andaluza. After that I will finally get around to focus on playing my divertissements. I would say that the master composers of the past didn't necessarily use the styles that were popular in their time (although most of them did). I know that Rodrigo really loved the Renaissance more than any other era of music and used some themes from the Baroque guitarist Gaspar Sanz in his Fantasia para un Gentilhombre. Anyways, I like to think that many of the master composers didn't since what got me to stick with classical guitar and try to compose for it was Fernando Sor's music, which was not a popular style even in his own time let alone now.