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    Posted: September 16 2013 at 12:29
I always appreciated elements of classical music in prog. Would love to know some more progressive artists, who also have similar classical/nylon guitar parts or pieces in fashion of
- Steve Howe (Leaves of green, Mood for a day)
- Steve Hackett (Horizons, Blood on the Rooftops intro..)
- Alex Lifeson (Broon's Bane, A Farewell to Kings intro)
- Jan Akkerman (Le Clochard) etc.
Any suggestions worth of checking out?
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I recommend Sky, even though the music is not quite so classical in terms of guitar. However, the band featured one John Williams, a protégé of the great Andres Segovia, on electric guitar. Ralph Towner of Oregon fame frequently uses classical techniques. If you like Akkerman, I strongly recommend his album Tabernakle, which features not guitar but lute. Absolutely beautiful and stunning album.
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^ Sky 2 is a superb album in this regards. Brilliant recommendation.

Stephen Caudel -Wine Dark Sea would be my recommendation for the thread. He is in Prog Archives and it reminds me that I must review this albumSmile
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Check out Daniel Bautista (Prog Metal). Almost all his stuff is free to download.

 
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Gordon Giltrap, Anthony Phillips, Ritchie Blackmore are all amazing ! 
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My fave classical guitar prog album is "Sketches of Satie" by Steve and John Hackett.  Beware though, it's not full band original prog.  Just Steve on classical and his brother John on flute reinterpreting solo piano pieces written by French composer Erik Satie.  It's incredibly beautiful. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tamijo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 17 2013 at 01:57
Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

My fave classical guitar prog album is "Sketches of Satie" by Steve and John Hackett.  Beware though, it's not full band original prog.  Just Steve on classical and his brother John on flute reinterpreting solo piano pieces written by French composer Erik Satie.  It's incredibly beautiful. 
Sounds interesting - great tip
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Originally posted by tamijo

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My fave classical guitar prog album is "Sketches of Satie" by Steve and John Hackett.  Beware though, it's not full band original prog.  Just Steve on classical and his brother John on flute reinterpreting solo piano pieces written by French composer Erik Satie.  It's incredibly beautiful. 
Sounds interesting - great tip

If you like Steve's classical guitar/flute duet "Kim", much of "Sketches of Satie" is very similar in sound.  In fact, I think "Kim" was closely based on a Satie piece.  I got to see Steve's band in the early 90's and after the regular show had finished, he came out alone with a chair and his classical and played about a 20 minute unaccompanied encore...fantastic.  I think he's the best classical guitarist of all the well known prog guitarists.  Howe is better on steel string acoustic, but Steve is the king of nylon string classical.
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^ yep that's a good album
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Although there are outstanding guitar solos throughout most of Anthony Phillips' back catalog, I find pieces from his FIELD DAY release to be memorable and you should check it out someday. Interestingly enough there are 2 to 3 minute Classical guitar style pieces existing on many European underground prog releases ..where it is not an area of specialization for these bands at all and those particular pieces astound me. For example on MERLIN by the band HALLOWEEN, there is the most beautiful piece played on Classical nylon string guitar. You might ask yourself.."Who would go the distance to purchase releases that contain only 1 short piece surrounded by a Symphonic epic? However..I stumbled on to many over decades and sometimes value those pieces more than actual overall Classical efforts.
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Originally posted by Progosopher

I recommend Sky, even though the music is not quite so classical in terms of guitar. However, the band featured one John Williams, a protégé of the great Andres Segovia, on electric guitar. Ralph Towner of Oregon fame frequently uses classical techniques. If you like Akkerman, I strongly recommend his album Tabernakle, which features not guitar but lute. Absolutely beautiful and stunning album.
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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

Originally posted by tamijo

Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

My fave classical guitar prog album is "Sketches of Satie" by Steve and John Hackett.  Beware though, it's not full band original prog.  Just Steve on classical and his brother John on flute reinterpreting solo piano pieces written by French composer Erik Satie.  It's incredibly beautiful. 
Sounds interesting - great tip

If you like Steve's classical guitar/flute duet "Kim", much of "Sketches of Satie" is very similar in sound.  In fact, I think "Kim" was closely based on a Satie piece.  I got to see Steve's band in the early 90's and after the regular show had finished, he came out alone with a chair and his classical and played about a 20 minute unaccompanied encore...fantastic.  I think he's the best classical guitarist of all the well known prog guitarists.  Howe is better on steel string acoustic, but Steve is the king of nylon string classical.
Steve Hackett has such a beautiful tone. It's very much like Christopher Parkening's. Steve Howe has a more metallic approach except for the solo from "The Ancient" where he produces at times...a softer tone. Hackett has the most beautiful tone though. I remember hearing Liona Boyd's arrangements of Satie and Hackett definitely has that beautiful sophisticated melodic tone like her.
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Philippe Cauvin, who was involved heavily in the zeuhl scene, has a couple of wonderful, zeuhl-ish albums on classical guitar:


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Thank you all for recommendations, definitely will check those menitoned out!
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Originally posted by TODDLER

Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

Originally posted by tamijo

Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

My fave classical guitar prog album is "Sketches of Satie" by Steve and John Hackett.  Beware though, it's not full band original prog.  Just Steve on classical and his brother John on flute reinterpreting solo piano pieces written by French composer Erik Satie.  It's incredibly beautiful. 
Sounds interesting - great tip

If you like Steve's classical guitar/flute duet "Kim", much of "Sketches of Satie" is very similar in sound.  In fact, I think "Kim" was closely based on a Satie piece.  I got to see Steve's band in the early 90's and after the regular show had finished, he came out alone with a chair and his classical and played about a 20 minute unaccompanied encore...fantastic.  I think he's the best classical guitarist of all the well known prog guitarists.  Howe is better on steel string acoustic, but Steve is the king of nylon string classical.
Steve Hackett has such a beautiful tone. It's very much like Christopher Parkening's. Steve Howe has a more metallic approach except for the solo from "The Ancient" where he produces at times...a softer tone. Hackett has the most beautiful tone though. I remember hearing Liona Boyd's arrangements of Satie and Hackett definitely has that beautiful sophisticated melodic tone like her.

Yes.  When Hackett plays classical I never think "there's an electric guitar guy just dabbling on a nylon string acoustic", his tone and phrasing are beautiful and equal those of players who devote their lives to classical guitar.
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Originally posted by Progosopher

Ralph Towner of Oregon fame frequently uses classical techniques.


Ralph Towner is one of the greats. To all proggers I especially recommend his album BLUE SUN.
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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

My fave classical guitar prog album is "Sketches of Satie" by Steve and John Hackett.  Beware though, it's not full band original prog.  Just Steve on classical and his brother John on flute reinterpreting solo piano pieces written by French composer Erik Satie.  It's incredibly beautiful. 
Talking of Steve Hackett, I would suggest his "A Midsummer Night's Dream" album (http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=4176) which is just Steve on acoustic guitar with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Post Options Post Options   Quote paganinio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2013 at 09:28
classical guitar, I don't know, I only know about "acoustic guitar" as opposed to the electric guitar.

Same thing?
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Manuel Barrueco........Nylon & Steel

On this album he plays with Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, Andy Summers
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