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lohan

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Flamenco Guitar Scale length 

I as a novice see different sizes for Flamenco Guitar Scale lengths
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2020 10:33:56
 
Argaith

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

One reason is that humans come in all sizes; some with bigger hands and some with smaller.

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lohan

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to Argaith

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ORIGINAL: Argaith

One reason is that humans come in all sizes; some with bigger hands and some with smaller.

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Thank You so much
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2020 14:50:56
 
Ricardo

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

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Why a Flamenco Guitarist choose 650mm and the other one choose 655mm and the other one 660mm?


A good player does not care at all about this. This is more a choice of the luthier with what works with his design plan. The 670 guitar compared to 650 has some noticeable differences, but the ones between those would be hard for a player to distinguish. The first fret barre and reach will be noticeably different (more difficult on the 670), but a capo placed in the high position like 7 or above, which is required for cante sometimes, the wider frets make things easier up there (so 670 becomes easier, the 650 feels crammed together).

In addition, the right hand needs to play around between the bridge and the sound hole to find the sweeter tone spot for each technique. The bigger scale guitar will also have more room to play with these adjustments in that area. The shorter scale will require more exacting right hand position or the sound changes. Keep in mind these adjustments and feelings are usually done by a good player unconsciously as they adapt and use their ear to pull the sound they want out of the guitar.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2020 15:58:03

lohan

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to Ricardo

Thank You so much for your detailed explanation
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2020 16:48:46
 
devilhand

 

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

The playability and the sound are affected by the scale length. For example the longer the scale length the heavier/louder the bass string will sound.

Also you may use lower tension strings on a longer scale guitar and higher tension strings on a shorter scale guitar.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2020 18:55:58

lohan

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to devilhand

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ORIGINAL: devilhand

The playability and the sound are affected by the scale length.


Thanks alot..

a question:

Guitar I
Scale lenght: 665 mm
String height 12th fret: 2.7mm

Guitar II
Scale lenght: 650 mm
String height 12th fret: 2.7mm

Regarding "playability": which one is better in playability? (for example: fast picados & etc)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2020 19:46:08
 
devilhand

 

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

Guitar II.
650mm is comfortable for the left hand fingers because the distance between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fret is lower.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 30 2020 22:37:41
 
mark indigo

 

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

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a question:


You might want to check your informants have actual experience of actual flamenco guitars... Ricardo has plenty of videos on youtube, so he's easy to fact check

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Morante

 

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

Bear in mind that a flamenco guitar is almost always played with a cejilla, which makes a great difference. My guitar is 660, but with a cejilla on traste dos it is 590.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 1 2020 1:02:00
 
Ricardo

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

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Regarding "playability": which one is better in playability? (for example: fast picados & etc)


Speaking as somebody that owns both and more (devilhand does not yet own a flamenco guitar, but seems to know a lot about them! ), I would say the answer depends on the context you are using the guitar. For “fast picados” I prefer guitars that are actually a little stiffer and higher actions (3.0mm is good at 12), because you need the snap back response. Low action guitars you have to be careful and play softer or rather it can be hard to get the sound you want. Low action guitars are great for rhythm playing however, strumming raspy rasgueados are great and holding barre chords for a long time etc.

In terms of feel, if you play with zero capo guitar 1 is better, with capo often up high, guitar 2 is better, and if you play with capo often but in middle to lower positions, either guitar will feel the exact same on the left hand.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 1 2020 3:14:42

lohan

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to Ricardo

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ORIGINAL: Ricardo

For “fast picados” I prefer guitars that are actually a little stiffer and higher actions (3.0mm is good at 12), because you need the snap back response.



Thank You so much Ricardo.. I have learned so & so & so much from You in foroflamenco.com. I Thank You so much for your reply ..

a question:

Is fast Picado sth about right hand OR is it sth about left hand? I conclude that You mean fast picado is sth about right hand, and I am completely understand what you mean and I am agree with that..Most of time I myslef felt that I need a stiff string under my i & m fingers during picado.. BUT: at same time I need a soft very low action guitar for my left hand and fast touching of frets..
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 1 2020 6:01:43

lohan

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to mark indigo

quote:

ORIGINAL: mark indigo


You might want to check your informants have actual experience of actual flamenco guitars...



I have learned flamenco guitar playing from fake people and my mind is full of lots of fake information.. I should ask these questions to find the truth because I feel I can trust foroflamenco.com
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 1 2020 6:05:09
 
Ricardo

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to lohan

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Most of time I myslef felt that I need a stiff string under my i & m fingers during picado.. BUT: at same time I need a soft very low action guitar for my left hand and fast touching of frets..


Right, so the balance has to be discovered. If I attend a party where there are two guitars and one is high action the other low, I will chose the high action one because I know it will project the sound I want. Left hand speed is not really a problem for picado as you only need to push down single notes. Left hand action is more a problem if you are playing involved arpegios and things where you need the notes to ring out. But even there...too low is no good because if you develop a robust arpegio “grip” with the right hand, the guitar can still sound like a banjo on arpeggiated chords, just as bad as picado.

There are players that develop a soft touch on these low action guitars and that is fine, but the sound needs a lot of reinforcement. Conversely a high action guitar might not work for flamenco compas because the chords need to ring out but have percussive attack. If you have no buzz at all then the chords tend to sound a bit muddy. So the Goldilocks balance between hard and soft guitars needs to be discovered.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 1 2020 15:02:12
 
JasonM

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to Ricardo

Also the stiffness of the soundboard/top can have a big influence on the string tension. We had a discussion not too long ago about scale length and string tension..it does matter but is only one factor. Are the two guitars from the same maker? If so, it could be a better chance that they have similar soundboard stiffness.

I definitely have noticed picado is easier on my stiffer/ higher action guitar! Thought I was just getting faster :/
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 1 2020 16:49:32

lohan

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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to Ricardo

PERFECT EXPLANATION! Thanks alot
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RE: Flamenco Guitar Scale length (in reply to Ricardo

May the interstellar space and galaxies bless your family for hundred generations for not being that stupid weenier who insists on having 2.5 high bass string at 12th fret. That kills the sound

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