[JPL] Guitar vs Piano? Depend who is playing

Luis Mario Ochoa info at cubanmusicproductions.com
Sat Oct 7 00:03:07 EDT 2006

In my humble opinion, I don't think there should be a preference for one or 
the other as long as the player is a good one. I do recognize though, that 
the guitar is the easiest instrument to start playing it wrong, just learn 4 
chords, put a capo on to change key and you can do lots of songs like that. 
However from that to fully playing the instrument, there is a long way, to 
the point that there are lots of great jazz soloists guitar players, but 
very few SOLO guitar players. It takes a lot of work to make the guitar 
sound to its full capacity doing bass, chords and melody at the same time. 
Some strong "classical" technique principles are needed for that and there 
is not a clear methodology to teach it yet.

For the piano on the other hand, doing bass lines, chords and melody at the 
same time, comes very natural, because that's the way the instrument is 
learned. You also can visualized the keyboard since everything starts again 
every octave. On the other hand, the guitar is a nightmare that way, every 
single fret and string presents you with new challenges.

However, when I hear masters like Joe Pass, Ed Bicker, Lenny Breau, Stanley 
Jordan or Martin Taylor, just to mention some of the most relevant, I really 
don't miss the piano a bit, on the contrary, I say: Wow that sounds great 
and as full as a piano...and sometimes even fuller!

Luis Mario Ochoa

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Blaise Lantana" <blaise.lantana at riomail.maricopa.edu>
To: "'Jazz Programmers Mailing List'" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 8:50 PM
Subject: [JPL] Guitar / Piano/ B3

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> Interesting that you think listeners prefer piano.
> My take is that it depends on the demographic. Over 60 or long time 
> jazzers
> seem to prefer piano.  A lot of the 40 to 60 crowd coming to jazz now are
> old time rock and rollers who practically worship the guitar and young
> listeners who are new to jazz are more familiar with guitar than piano.
> Anything by Pat Metheny gets interest and phones.  Charlie Hunter pulls in 
> a
> young crowd and is good for keeping my young demo up.  Eldar, while I love
> his playing, is not pulling as much of a young demo as MM&W, or Charlie
> Hunter.
> I like both and it helps keep the variety alive and well on KJZZ.
> There is a wonderful difference between the two in the voicings of altered
> chords that can make playing horn or singing with a guitar very different,
> so it depends what you are used to.  Habit and preference.  Whenever I 
> work
> with one or the other it takes a little getting used to, a minor 
> adjustment
> , when I make the switch from guitar to piano or visa/versa.
> Now my question is how does the B3 go over in your markets?  Especially 
> now
> that we are swamped with B3 records, I'm feeling like KJB3 some days.  I
> think I have four new B3 artists in play right now.  I find that the 
> younger
> audience digs this sound and some of the older cats, 40 to 60 demo, call 
> to
> say they don't dig it.  (Definitely not a Philly crowd here in the 
> desert.)
> It's such a distinctive sound and such a great groove, how often do you 
> all
> fit it in?
> Blaise Lantana
> Music Director
> KJZZ Phoenix
> 91.5 Fm
> KJZZ.org
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