I play Classical Spanish Guitar Music for Weddings, Spanish themed events, private dinners and parties etc.
Perhaps because of my Spanish origins I started to play Flamenco guitar but over the years I developed a great love for the Spanish classical guitar.
Before I discuss my classical guitar playing in greater detail perhaps I could mention this Flamenco piece, Zapateado from my YouTube page as an example of the more gentle and sensitive side of flamenco.
A soft emotional melody builds into some very quiet harmonics with nevertheless accompanying bass notes that are very present throughout.
Here are a few ideas for Spanish Classical Music which I hope you will find helpful.
Sometimes people have a small intimate gathering of family members and close friends and they are considering hiring a guitarist to help to create a warm relaxed atmosphere.
In this case I imagine that gentle, sweet pieces such as Adelita or Lagrima by Tarrega might be suitable, or maybe the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven arranged for classical guitar.
If you are considering booking a Spanish guitarist for a wedding or a bigger event those pieces above are also very appropriate but you may also like something a little more energetic and I list some of these classical Spanish pieces in my other Blog entry: Spanish Flamenco Guitarist for your Tapas/Paella Event
When I choose the pieces in consultation with you I like to avoid two extremes of the scale:
There are some very abstract pieces within what is sometimes called serious classical music. They are very difficult to make sense of; they seem to be a sequence of disconnected sounds with no apparent melody or sense of rhythm.
While I am sure such pieces should be respected and indeed are studied at an advance level I am not at all sure that they would add positively to a lovely evening for special guests.
On the other end of the scale I will never dumb things down. I would not want to offer tunes so simple that they can hardly be called a piece of music at all.
It is possible to take a very simple and lovely melody but to build it into an arrangement that helps to bring out the theme. I do this for example with the theme from the movie Schindler’s List or with the very gentle song La Paloma by the Spanish composer Sebastián Yradier.
Likewise, the great Classical Guitarist John Williams made an arrangement of the piece Cavatina that certainly stands shoulder to shoulder with other classical pieces and has enough substance to keep the listeners interested without overloading with unnecessary extra notes.
There is of course also the matter of how a piece is played. When I play classical I tend to let the notes speak for themselves, using techniques such as vibrato and legato sparingly in accordance with the true mood of each piece.
If you would like to discuss the guitar music for your event you can find my telephone number, email and form if you prefer at my contact page