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The classical guitar is the member of the guitar family used in classical music. It is an acoustical wooden guitar with six classical guitar strings as opposed to the metal strings used in acoustic and electric guitars designed for popular music. In addition to the instrument, the phrase... MORE
The classical guitar is the member of the guitar family used in classical music. It is an acoustical wooden guitar with six classical guitar strings as opposed to the metal strings used in acoustic and electric guitars designed for popular music. In addition to the instrument, the phrase "classical guitar" can refer to two other concepts: The instrumental finger technique common to classical guitar—individual strings plucked with the fingernails or, rarely, fingertips The instrument's classical music repertoire The shape, construction, and material of classical guitars vary, but typically they have a modern classical guitar shape, or historic classical guitar shape resembling early romantic guitars from France and Italy. Classical guitar strings were once made of catgut and nowadays are made of polymers such as nylon, with a fine wire wrap on the bass strings. A guitar family tree can be identified. The flamenco guitar derives from the modern classical, but has differences in material, construction and sound. LESS
About the guitar: The instrument featured in this video is a Flamenco style guitar built by luthier Thomas Rodriguez of Richmond, VA. The instrument features cedar top and cypress back and sides in the Flamenco tradition. The guitar is extremely lightweight, loud and bright as this recording reveals. You can learn more about Tom Rodriguez instruments by visiting his website at www.rodriguezguitars.com About the recording: The guitar was recorded acoustically with an Audio Technica AT-4033 large diaphragm condenser mic placed near the treble side of bass bout and an Audio Technica AT-4041 aimed at the neck to body joint of the guitar. No EQ was uesd. A slight amount of compression was added pre-mix and the signal was then fed into a pair of Apogee pre-amps, and then direct to Logic Pro on a Macbook Pro. A small amount of reverb was added for spatial enhancement and the recording was mixed in stereo with each mic set at about a 30% soft pan. About the performer: Andrew McEvoy is a young classical guitarist from Richmond, Virginia. Early performance credits include the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the John Heinz museum in Pittsburgh, and the Smithsonian in DC. Andrew appeared on the National Public Radio program "From the Top," and also won the Richmond Symphony Concerto Competition before graduating High School. A founding member of the Richmond Guitar Quartet, Andrew has also performed alongside the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Philharmonic, and the VCU Symphony ...
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