powermrk wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:43 pm
I just listened to Thibault Cauvin's latest recording "Cities II" on Sportify.
My first impression of JLJ's guitar sound was round, thick, dark, balanced and somehow with a little bit "artificial feeling".
I know it is not easy to use words to describe the sound, especailly from a recording. But this was what my little thought.
Well powermrk, you could also look at it from a different perspective ...
If you were used to strum chords on a guitar with a string missing and you would be doing this for many years.
You would even become famous for it and after a while everybody starts to copy you and soon everybody is strumming chords on a guitar with a string missing. This continues for decades, until no one knows any better than to strum a guitar with a string missing.
Strings are sold in packages of five.
And then suddenly a smartass comes up with the idea to fill that empty space on the guitar with an extra string and start playing like that.
What do you think then will happen?
I can foretell you that 2 camps will arise.
One group of players will find it more beautiful , more natural sounding, more balanced, richer, more complete. They will think: " Why didn't I come up with this idea?" and soon they too will fill the empty space on their guitars with an extra string and start playing like that.
The other camp of players doesn't really know what to think. It's not that they don't like the sound of chord with an extra string. Still they see it as a tradition broken, unusable, awkward. It feels a bit artificial
They decide they don't want to change and keep playing their guitars with a string missing.
Which lesson can you draw from that?
It's about keeping an open mind. Being objective on you what you really like. Choosing the best possible instrument that let you play the music that you want to play.
It is a personal thing.