estebanana -> RE: Ramon Montoya's guitarS (May 23 2023 0:48:02)
To find out, as with any experiment.
Bruné suggests that gut's lack of durability required a "more genteel" technique, and that nylon opened the door to the development of a more aggressive approach.
Montoya, Nino Ricardo, Diego d G. Javier Molina and others had monster rasgueado and were aggressive. The lighter touchers were like Perico del Lunar ( the elder) and listen to Melchor por Siguriya, he was ripping it.
The difference is, those guys could afford strings because they were the top seeded guitarists working. Nylon became the great equalizer as far as string affordability was concerned, then with the thick ‘fishing’ line any guitarist in the barrio could play harder.
I talked to Paco de Malaga about how hard people played, and others. He said they played reasonably hard, reasonably meaning they didn’t overdrive the guitar, but played hard in the sweet spot. Then because even nylon strings set you back a few bucks, they’d take the strings off and turn them around and put them back on.
( according to Japanese social order Richard Brune’ is my elder in this tradition so his right to chew me out for countermanding him in a quote is a reserved for him. The rest of you get in line. 😂)