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Strikes me as not very amazing. You get a note sounding if you slam a string down on a fret, without having to pluck it
separately, which is mostly what he's doing.
Then he's using odd tunings and repeating a single figure that goes with the tuning.
It takes practice, sure, but it's not up there with playing actual pieces ; for which the usual tuning is generally the best one and the difficulty is pretty much standardized, so you can tell amazing from average pretty well.
I always play a bookmarked Julian Bream, who inspired me to learn the lute. A real babe magnet in college, by the way.
Though mine was on a Westminister LP in the late 50s.
okay, i agree that julian beam is a great in his field but i think comparing him to dominic frasca is somewhat pretencious.
dominic uses a variety of extended techniques that up until a few years back were unheard of on the acoustic ie. touch style guitar, left hand rhythm beating.
he is also a brilliant composer and when listening to the dynamics of his playing its easy to tell he is a a true musician,not just a guitarist
whats julian beam (a lute player) got to do with this anyway?
In 1996 Dominic's developed Focal Dystonia in his right hand that was caused by over practicing one of his extended techniques. The condition shut down his right hand completely making it difficult for him to do the most basic movements. He spent the next two years reworking his technique to counter the effects off the dystonia. After finally fixing the condition and getting his hand in better working condition than before the injury. He spent the next year writing and performing before developing the same condition in his left hand from also over pr acting an extended technique. After another two years of work he managed to retrain his left hand to overcome the injury. Dominic has been injury free since 2001. He has also taken great interest in working with musicians who suffer from this all to common condition, and has had great success in helping them regain their playing.
Did everyone notice the ten string guitar? He composes and won the Yale (music school)alumni award. your kids might know him for winning the guitar hero championship of the world. None of this is important just the sort of interesting stuff I come across when I am linking around.