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  1. 07 Mar '08 18:57
    i'd like to hear what people think the most difficult style of music for a musician to play is....

    as a musician, i would say jazz and classical are the most technically demanding, jazz due to it's complex harmonies and improvisation and classical for just being so demanding
  2. 07 Mar '08 20:47
    I'm a classical musician (organist) and I would say that I find Baroque music the most demanding because of the complex counterpoint.
    -S
  3. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    07 Mar '08 21:44 / 1 edit
    I don't play a single ****, yet I can bet my *** that the armpit farting is the hardest music to master.
  4. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    07 Mar '08 21:56
    Originally posted by eatmybishop
    i'd like to hear what people think the most difficult style of music for a musician to play is....

    as a musician, i would say jazz and classical are the most technically demanding, jazz due to it's complex harmonies and improvisation and classical for just being so demanding
    I've never been able to nail Chopin's "Nocturne if F minor". Tempo vs emotion...

    Talk about one song symbolizing the musical dichotic relationship between Dionysis and Apollo!
  5. 07 Mar '08 22:51
    Originally posted by eatmybishop
    i'd like to hear what people think the most difficult style of music for a musician to play is....

    as a musician, i would say jazz and classical are the most technically demanding, jazz due to it's complex harmonies and improvisation and classical for just being so demanding
    Classical ain't hard.

    That is, if you've been born and bred playing it.

    I'm not called "scherzo" for nothing. The classical style is easiest for me to play because I was bred with it.
  6. 07 Mar '08 22:51
    Originally posted by uzless
    I've never been able to nail Chopin's "Nocturne if F minor". Tempo vs emotion...

    Talk about one song symbolizing the musical dichotic relationship between Dionysis and Apollo!
    The one Chopin piece I can't master is his "Revolutionary Etude in C minor." Now that's a hard piece.
  7. 07 Mar '08 23:17
    Originally posted by scherzo
    The one Chopin piece I can't master is his "Revolutionary Etude in C minor." Now that's a hard piece.
    the impromptus are also difficult, different time signatures in each hand, sudden changes of tempo, large stretches for the hands as well, fast octave playing, chopin made it as difficult as he could for us
  8. 07 Mar '08 23:44
    Probably some of Steve Reich's phase shifting stuff, the sense of timing must be perfect.
  9. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    08 Mar '08 11:00
    Originally posted by uzless
    I've never been able to nail Chopin's "Nocturne if F minor". Tempo vs emotion...

    Talk about one song symbolizing the musical dichotic relationship between Dionysis and Apollo!
    God damn boy, I wasn't able to nail "Knocking on heaven's door", never mind bloody Chopin!
  10. 08 Mar '08 16:15
    Originally posted by eatmybishop
    the impromptus are also difficult, different time signatures in each hand, sudden changes of tempo, large stretches for the hands as well, fast octave playing, chopin made it as difficult as he could for us
    Have you even ever seen a copy of the "Revolutionary Etude"?
  11. Subscriber AttilaTheHorn
    Erro Ergo Sum
    08 Mar '08 16:34
    Someone once proclaimed that teachers assign Mozart to young children because he is technically not too hard, but experienced professionals find him very hard. I would agree.
  12. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    08 Mar '08 17:36
    The question was what music is hardest to play, I say it has to be the Sitar. The rigorous training they get, they don't even get to PLAY a sitar for the first 10 years! The timing is incredibly complex and the technique on the sitar is meant for aliens I think, not human hands.
    I don't play one, just what I heard. My daughter studied Indian vocal music in India, now is a music professor at the Federal University in Brazil.
    Me, I play folk music, which is hard enough to do well! Look at the genius of Doc Watson or Norman Blake or Martin Simpson or Bert Jansch or Davy Graham or Jerry Douglas or Sam Bush on mandolin.
    Or the fiddle people, Natalie McMaster, Tommy Peoples.
    In the classical world I don't think there is an instrument harder to play than the classical guitar. Think Andre Segovia, Julian Bream, one of his students, or Ida Presti and Alexander Lagoya, they put the classical guitar duo on the map.
  13. Subscriber davaniel
    1.Nf3
    08 Mar '08 20:36
    Originally posted by scherzo
    Have you even ever seen a copy of the "Revolutionary Etude"?
    The Revolutionary Etude by Chopin is by no means the hardest music to play. To stick with Chopin's Etudes, try op. 25 no. 6 or even op. 10 no. 2. They are already much harder. Apart from that it's mostly technical stuff, and from counterpoint and emotional point of view there's not much difficulty in it.
    Try playing Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" - Ondine, Le Gibet and Scarbo. Now that's music that's hard to play.
  14. Subscriber davaniel
    1.Nf3
    08 Mar '08 20:39
    Originally posted by scherzo
    Classical ain't hard.

    That is, if you've been born and bred playing it.

    I'm not called "scherzo" for nothing. The classical style is easiest for me to play because I was bred with it.
    Classical music is usually the most complex music and thus the hardest to play. That's as easy as it gets. Oh, and there's differences in instruments of course. Try playing a Bach fugue on a bassoon - won't work. Instruments that enable counterpoint as well as dynamics (of course! The piano!) are in my opinion the hardest to master.
  15. 08 Mar '08 21:20
    Originally posted by davaniel
    Classical music is usually the most complex music and thus the hardest to play. That's as easy as it gets. Oh, and there's differences in instruments of course. Try playing a Bach fugue on a bassoon - won't work. Instruments that enable counterpoint as well as dynamics (of course! The piano!) are in my opinion the hardest to master.
    You mean a fugue?