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12/25/07 10:23 AM
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One of my favorite pieces of music performed on guitar by Kazuhito Yamashita. This is one of the most unbelieveable things I've seen, I've dreamt of it, but never imagined it could be done. edit: Part one first
12/25/07 11:57 AM
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wow unreal, thanks for posting, I've never seen single finger tremelo before, great transcription from a full orchestral piece to a single insturment...especially the freakin' guitar! I've heard about this guy for years but never heard or saw him play before
12/25/07 2:13 PM
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wow is right! PAAE is also one of my favorite pieces of music as well (certainly my favorite classical piece)- Mussorgsky wrote it as a piece for solo piano, later Ravel wrote the ochestral arrangement- was watching out for Jman's single finger tremelo and that was crazy...he was alternating fingers too, I think between index and pinky...that's a lot of control from the pinky- I've never seen it played solo guitar before and you can see why from the vid! what a great find and surprise this Xmas morning thanks DasB-
12/27/07 12:26 PM
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What a terror that guy is... really well done!
1/18/08 10:18 PM
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up, because...it's f*cking awesome, that's why-
1/21/08 3:55 AM
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1/21/08 5:18 AM
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mindblowing.
1/21/08 1:00 PM
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That guy makes the hair on my neck stand up. You can get the studio version of this on Piratebag.org, it also includes his rendition of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. As good as those clips are, you have to hear it played flawlessly to be truly amazed.
2/4/08 8:21 PM
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Yamashita also did a solo transcription of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. And it turns out, he's not the only guy in the world who can play it. Jorge Caballero: That's part one. There are more parts on youtube if you search "Caballero plays Dvorak"
2/4/08 10:55 PM
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utterly amazing stuff more mindblowing classical guitar vids please
2/5/08 10:58 AM
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Wawaweewah!
2/5/08 6:54 PM
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Ana Vidovic -- I think I've posted this before, but it can stand being re-heard. This is not a case of "extended techniques" such as Yamashita and Caballero play, but it still is mindblowing chops, and a really nice transcription, very musical (and I won't compare her looks to those of other classical guitarists, except to say that for the visual angle I much prefer her to Caballero or Yamashita or any of the gentlemen...) Ana Vidovic plays Bach: I will mention that the only other player I'm familiar with in that bizarre, newly-made-up-techniques-that-only-I-do mindblowing sort of way (i.e., "other" than Yamashita and Caballero) is Philip Hii. And I can't find any vids of him. But well worth checking out.
2/5/08 7:40 PM
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Shin-ichi Fukuda - Bach - Lute Suite No 4, Prelude, BWV 1006 Another Japanese guy -- probably cleaner than Yamashita in the more trad repertoire, but not with the extended-technique freakiness. Fans sometimes argue "Fukuda vs. Yamashita". It's a silly comparison. For sheer astonishment, as I said above, there's Yamashita, there's Caballero, there's Hii. That's all I know of. In the traditional repertoire, Fukuda is jaw-dropping, however. I picked this video not for pure astonishment value, but because while Fukuda plays Bach from the page, he has Kazumi Watanabe improvising with him on top of it. The guy who posted the video on youtube clearly doesn't know who Kazumi is, and clearly doesn't want to -- his comment on the video is : I'm not sure what that clown is doing next to master Fukuda, but please try to look past him and focus your ear buds on Fukuda's performance.:) I've posted Watanabe before playing electric -- he's one of the most astonishing fusion players, IMO. here a bit subdued compared to the fire he sometimes brings, but that these guys would get together is, I think, a good thing. Whatever the youtube poster thought! After all, Fukuda does plenty of solo stuff, too...
2/5/08 9:29 PM
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Awesome, keep the videos coming!
2/5/08 9:53 PM
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great stuff
2/8/08 3:10 PM
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Victor Villadangos plays "Rojo Y Negro". It's by Maximo Pujol (in other words, no, it's not the Blue Oyster Cult tune). It's the most uptempto of "tres piezas". To me this guy is a recent discovery, once again thanks to the budget classical label Naxos who has been putting out recitals by some killer classical guitarists. This guy has one of my favorites in the series, a "Music of Argentina" CD. Really soulful and really precise -- amazing tonal shading (right hand technique!) A tiny bit of drumming too :-)
2/8/08 3:27 PM
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And for you fans of guitar-summit of the "Friday Night in San Francisco" type, these guys are a more stable group from the classical world: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - Bach - BWV 1048, Brandenburg Concerto #3, Allegro LAGQ: Icarus by Ralph Towner (arr. Kanengiser) And related to another recent thread... this needs to be checked out: LAGQ Live!: Pachelbel's 'Loose' Canon
2/8/08 3:56 PM
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The LAGQ is amazing. Andrew York's compositions are the best contemporary guitar pieces out there. Scott Tennant's "Pumping Nylon" is an excellent modern classical guitartechnique book/video.
2/8/08 4:04 PM
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They are amazing, individually and as a group :-) Did you get to the "rock" portion of the "Loose Canon"? I like music-nerd humor!
2/8/08 7:14 PM
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Those guys are all great. I love Andrew York's "Marley's Ghost":
2/12/08 12:04 PM
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York is cool as F*@! Thanks for that. I love Roland Dyens, too, because he's a great classical player, but also because of his composing and especially improvising in a classical context. I know there are vids... have to do some searching.
2/13/08 12:10 PM
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Wow Roland Dyens has amazing technique and incredible tone.
2/13/08 12:33 PM
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That's cool -- thanks for finding that, jman. I never saw Dyens in a tux before! He's usually more ... unbuttoned. EDIT -- that's a Dyens piece, "Tango en skai", as performed by Viktor Vidovic. No wonder he looked so formal... Dyens is a good composer for the instrument. He wrote a piece "Tribute to Frank Zappa", he improvises cadenzas, and on occasion whole pieces. Above is "Tango en skai" (or translated roughly as "Fake Tango") which, if I have the story straight, was totally improvised when someone requested a tango and he didn't know any. Gotta love the guy. He's a maverick. And with the straight repertoire, he's the real deal. Here's Dyens playing the same piece:
2/13/08 1:30 PM
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And Dyens' arrangement of a piano piece -- Waltz No. 2, by Chopin:
12/21/08 6:14 AM
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up because it's a baddazz thread

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