Classical Guitar wrote:
He is a good player but slapping is not my idea of treating a guitar as an instrument. I just don't understand why they can not just find someone to play either light drums or bongo druns rather than treating a good guitar that way. I does not at least appeal to me. He had to first be a very good player. Thank you for sharing it and I know it is not easy to always find flying fingers and specially someone who would always appeal to everyone. I know it is not easy to do.
Thanks, CG ... I do appreciate your views and honesty. And I'm also aware that the percussive element of this style is something you don't care for. Please know that I don't choose these pieces to purposely irritate you, but I'm also not going to leave them out hoping that everyone will like every entry ebe Adding percussive elements to guitar playing is found extensively in Spanish, Flamenco, and Latin American guitar playing, as well as this more modern adaptation. Like every other musical genre, it has a widespread fan base, but certainly doesn't appeal to everyone.
For example, I'm personally not a fan of bluegrass music. But there's no denying its popularity, or the high calibre of musicians like Tony Rice, Dave Grisman, and others in the style. In my humble opinion, personal taste is a reflection of how varied we as humans are. And as far as hiring a percussionist to accompany them, it might be said that economics could even play a role. Why share the admission fees with someone, when a percussive guitarist can keep the whole amount?