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Why do you play flamenco guitar


My Profession
  5% (4)
Want to become a professional
  12% (9)
Personal Enjoyment (no professinal interest)
  70% (52)
For Women
  12% (9)


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RTC

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Why do you play flamenco guitar 

I often see in the forum a wide variety of interest in the forum, but have boiled it down to 3 areas of interest.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 14 2012 2:41:17
 
kudo

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

you should make it 5 areas

the 4th being: its my drug and wish to do it full time!

the 5th being: for women
(would be interesting to see the percentage on this one)

I would personally would have selected 4th option, but for now i selected the 3rd option

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 14 2012 3:09:22
 
Elie

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

wow kudo, wish i have your passion man ... a drug !!!! you deserve a big Ole to that

well im getting bored of guitar gradually any cure to that ?

my vote went to 3 too

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 14 2012 3:39:01
 
marduk

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

I dont know what i would vote.... I play guitar for flamenco dance classes most nights of the week, but I do it volunteer as a way to get experience with dancers.

I am kind of aiming towards having it as a profession, but my goal isnt to make any money... I just want to get in the same room as some great dancers and singers


I second the big Ole for kudo's reply
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 14 2012 3:48:56
 
kudo

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to Elie

quote:

wow kudo, wish i have your passion man ... a drug !!!! you deserve a big Ole to that

well im getting bored of guitar gradually any cure to that ?


its a drug I can not live without it..... the bad part is this: it stole my life and is almost killing my life (spend too much time on it!) and is killing my real career (yes seriously, my previous Boss thought I had much more interest in flamenco than in my real career that he did not like me for that reason ) I wish I was passionate about my real career as much as I am for flamenco

I always had that cycle of being bored, but when i start something new or more challenging, the boredom goes away

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 14 2012 3:49:20
 
marduk

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

its not killing your life... its just trying to be the focus point.... in the words of some great hippy.... just go with it
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 14 2012 3:51:17
 
Turner

 

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

I love the thought of option 5.
I'm afraid I'm option 3 myself, but maybe 5 is something to aspire to.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 15 2012 23:00:35
 
kudo

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to Turner

quote:

love the thought of option 5.
I'm afraid I'm option 3 myself, but maybe 5 is something to aspire to.

Common RTC , make option 5 available. just for fun, lets see how many hits it gets

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 15 2012 23:57:52
 
vuduchyld

 

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

Why indeed? It seems crazy sometimes.

My wife is a flamenco dancer and scholar. So when we became re-acquainted a couple of years ago (yeah, we moved fast), her love for flamenco rubbed off on me quickly. I just had no previous exposure or I'm sure I would have fallen in love with it before.

I have played guitar for 20-25 years, mostly rock and bluegrass. Flamenco is definitely music that a guitar player can easily appreciate! There are so many rhythmic structures in flamenco that fascinate me, as well.

Kind of a shame I picked it up in my mid-40's. Not sure I'll ever be very good, but it's fun to try. Practice is like solving a puzzle to me...doing a crossword or a sudoku in some ways and it relaxes my brain.

I have accompanied my wife a couple of times, but she has an accompanyist (my teacher) who is much better than I, so I won't even be her primary accompanyist for a few more years, I'm sure. I have a day job that I love and I have no professional aspirations.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 1:36:25
 
Doitsujin

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

Thats my timeline:

Started at the age of 6 coz my best friend did so.

Started to play for dance coz an alcoholic wanted me to do that. (He was an awesome dude and friend)

Got a damn lot better coz of a hot chick for whom I played for years. (All you need is inspiration, no matter which source!) Well, she eventually married a dumb ass.. lol! (Still can´t believe that it is real)

Used it since to kill time and coz I can.(Some festivals were nice, though... anyway. I keep also to use my brain. Playing guitar is actually good...even though we use the brain less and less the more we get used to guitar.. I should switch instrument I guess..)

As you see..I never really wanted to play guitar. It just happened coz I had nothing else to do that was any better. hahaha
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 2:32:28
 
RTC

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to kudo

As requested by Kudo, new option added
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 3:16:00
 
kudo

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

... its a bit too late though..

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 3:40:14
 
Doitsujin

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to kudo

quote:

... its a bit too late though..


exactly
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 3:57:54
 
RTC

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to kudo

Sorry, sometimes work comes in the way of pleasure.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 4:24:51
 
Stu

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

difficult to answer, id like to answer three out of the four.

I started for curiousity, continued for enjoyment, and now find myself getting paid for playing for dancers and also get paid gigs coming in.

(also yes its a drug...its pretty much replaced all the other drugs i used to enjoy)

and... ive said this before, but pretty much everything we do is to impress women so that doesnt need to be on there.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 11:00:41
 
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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

all for the ladies

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 11:51:11
 
Haydn

 

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to Gimar Yestra

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimar Yestra

all for the ladies



True dat.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 16 2012 13:18:36
 
HemeolaMan

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

I don't play flamenco anymore for all of those reasons.

Not a good profession for me, does not get many women, too many rules for a hobby, and I stopped being interested.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 4:29:21
 
FullMetalGuitarist

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to Doitsujin

quote:

Got a damn lot better coz of a hot chick for whom I played for years. (All you need is inspiration, no matter which source!)


Inspiration is the secret weapon of success , and women are the best source for it
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 5:56:57
 
kudo

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to HemeolaMan

quote:

I don't play flamenco anymore for all of those reasons.

Not a good profession for me, does not get many women, too many rules for a hobby, and I stopped being interested.

is that a joke or are you serious?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 11:07:43
 
michel

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to HemeolaMan

quote:

I don't play flamenco anymore for all of those reasons.

Not a good profession for me, does not get many women, too many rules for a hobby, and I stopped being interested.


More or less the same for me. i'm playing in a electro-jazz/groove band now with 5 other people, many instruments, less work, much impro etc. and i have more fun and other opportunities to express myself more authentically because i don't base myself on a culture that i hardly don't know... however playing a nylon-string guitar (with fingers) is still a better playing feel for me than playing a steel-string (with plectrum)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 15:03:20
 
Ricardo

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

Profession but....it is more like a passion. There are other ways to make money, as "profession" implies.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 15:16:03
 
Morante

 

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to HemeolaMan

"I don't play flamenco anymore for all of those reasons. "

Ni yo. Mi gran amigo y cantaor y juerguista murió. Eschucho el cante a menudo pero he dejado de tocar. no me interese. Ya toco blues en casa
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 16:13:51
 
srshea

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

I’m a pretty crappy guitar player. Lousy chops, clumsy hands. So for me playing the guitar is really just an avenue to pursue my aficion.

Through some periods of injury related layoffs I’ve found that if I can’t actually participate is some small way my interest in flamenco wanes. Passively listening doesn’t do it for me, and unless I can actually get my hands on the guitar and try to work through my understanding of the music in a “hands on” way I just end up frustrated and alienated from the experience of listening to it.

Can’t carry a tune, can’t bust a move, and slapping a hollow box isn’t very satisfying, so for me the guitar is the means by which I poke and prod my way toward a deeper understanding and appreciation of flamenco. Plus all the chicks.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 18:03:12
 
gbv1158

 

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

helps me to forget the bad things

:-)

ciao,
giambattista
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 18:33:21
 
XXX

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

I barely play the guitar anymore. Everytime i pick up the guitar i listen to myself and imagine how much time of practicing it would need to take me to get where i want to be... then i put the guitar pretty quickly into the bag again. All because of having weak hands which get injured quickly and never heal fully. I still feel inspired by music and guitar stuff though. And chords, i can create interesting chords very easily and it takes virtually no technique to play stuff like that.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 18:53:28
 
Tomrocker

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

Sometimes it depends on How much you are attracted to it. When i first picked up the classical guitar, i was interested in the Rumba Palo.. Only some strumming to be able to play a song i like.. The spanish tunes is attractive on the guitar. Then the big discovery, THe different Palos, the Cante, the Baile, the language, the land and the culture. I simply became interested to Flamenco as a way of life, not only a guitar playing. I don't practice much and i know that to be called a FLAMENCO PLAYER it takes lots of time and efforts. Discipline, trainig, listening, spanish language development, reading, and more nicely Traveling there when possible. it is simply something that i can't explain.. When you go to sleep with a simple repeated Compas in your head to a palo you are working on. Guajiras, Milonga, Farruca, Alegrias, and SOLEA!

This afternoon i received an invitation from a local flamenco guitarist that perform this evening from 18.30 till 20.30. i simply accepted it and i was there on time. When i entered the small beautiful bar there were only two girls at the bar counter and the bartender. end of the story, the bartender told me that the local guitarist must have mistaken the date on Facebook for there will be no show this evening! i ordered beer and something to eat anyway! a minute later, another bartender shown up and started to clap his hands taking a traditional position for the Baile! I watched him for a minute, he was counting his steps, concentrated, serious as if he was performing on stage.. few minutes later he came to me asking if i'm really here for the flamenco show then we made an interesting conversation about flamenco, like where he go for the dancing classes, who is he studying with etc. I came back home later feeling anyway good cuz i met the dancer by chance and i felt i wanna pick up the guitar and practice something, anything..

One of the beautiful things to do if sometimes you loose the interest is not to be away from the flamenco community where yo are, meet up with dancers, singers, or dancing school teachers that's if flamenco is your 1st priority for sure and if not, well, then don't stop something flamenco that you like!

Ciao
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 21:24:42
 
eg.czerny

 

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

Flamenco allows me to be creative. No other genre allows me to do that. If you know the compas you can add falsetas from various sources, change them, create your own, mix in various techniques to get a sound you like. No matter how much I try, I never seem to play the same thing twice. It never gets old. My playing sucks but that's OK. I play for myself only. Why the music grabs my soul, I couldn't say.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2012 23:47:08
 
Mark2

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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

I don't play much guitar anymore either compared to what I used to. As far as women, my problem was too many. playing in a dance school i was presented with so many opportunities, but being married, was unable to take advantage..............As you can see from my avatar, I'm quite handsome and this led to many propositions, however, I have the unfortunate vice of being incredibly loyal, which resulted in frustration so great I had to give up playing for dancers...........
no matter, tomorrow I'm off to costa rica to surf for a week with my daughter. i'll be bringing my yamaha and dr compas for when I'm too tired to paddle. Shaka!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 18 2012 21:48:52
 
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RE: Why do you play flamenco guitar (in reply to RTC

Started playing at aged 13, dropped it as my guitar was so poor it was almost unplayable. Bought a better (Fylde Falstaff) guitar at 22 practiced hard played folk then jazz until 30 then dropped it as I emigrated from the UK. Bought another guitar around 35 started learning to play JS Bach - so wonderful - played classical style until 2 years ago I found I wasn't progressing. Kept hearing flamenco here and there, then visited Madrid for work, went to a tablao, wow, came back determined to learn something more, invested in a serious box 12 months ago then bought another - el Greco's Conde - 3 months later - wow x2. Take regular lessons, my playing sucks but I'm 60 in a few months so my present to myself is to make full use of the time I can squeeze out of my day - if only I didn't have to work for a living.
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