Post # 1
So, I am trying to hunt for a ceremony/cocktail hour musician. After a lot of asking around here, and listening to people online, etc., I decided that my favorite sound is the acoustic guitar, and since it seems like I will need more than 1 musician in the space that we are having I am trying to find a guitar duo.
So, since the acoustic guitar sound is what I most like, most of the duos that I find when searching are more flamenco/latin style, as well as able to do the classical stuff. That is fine for the ceremony, but for the cocktail hour, I would prefer more jazz-style music than Latin style. (When I listen to the samples that these duos have, it tends to always be classical and Latin, so this is what I am basing my conclusion on.)
The guitar duos that I find for the more jazz-style tend to not seem like they are acoustic (I have no idea what the proper terminology here is, but it seems like they are maybe electric guitars? Forgive my total musical ignorance!). They sound great doing jazz renditions of songs, but I would prefer them less at the ceremony stage.
So, my question is, can the acoustic guitar duos DO jazz — or is that partly a function of the type of guitar that they have? If I want someone who sounds like the link below, should I be asking for acoustic guitar? If I posted an ad for an acoustic guitar duo who is able to do classics and jazz, would that be possible? Any insight into this would be very helpful!
(PS…I could totally imagine this bringing a tear to my eye–and I didn’t even LIKE canon in D before!!: http://www.guitarguys.com/audio/canon.mp3)
Post # 3
They are out there! Ok, jazz is hard for a guitar- but blues- you can find people who do blues- which is kind of jazz-like. Blues on guitar will swing notes- it is just that the guitar isn’t a jazz instrument. But I know musicians that can do most anything- maybe you could consider a Bass and Guitar combo as well.
Also, if they can do it on electric- they can do it on accoustic. If they say they are not accoustic- still talk to them. Most people who do electric should have an accoustic guitar as well. Basically- you just need some really good guitar players- they should be able to do anything. I would post an ad for what you want. An accoustic guitar can be plugged in and amplified if that is an issue. An accoustic guitar is a full bodied guitar that produces it’s own sound, and nice accoustic guitars have optional plugs, or they players will own an insert to plug into an amp.
But, if they play electric, they should be able to do accoustic. You will find them- there are so many guitar players out there.
Post # 4
So this might help you define what you like/want. This musician peforms solo or in a duo or trio. They have a harp trio, a string quartet, a jazz trio, and a Latin trio, but they can mix-it up as you like. They are probably too far to travel to LA, but who knows, Mainly I has thinking you could listen to samples of their music styles and narrow down what you like.
http://www.mikeculver.com/index.htm ( and there is a “LISTEN” link towards the top-center of the page)
Post # 5
@cbee – thank you for that information. It makes it more clear as to what is reasonable to ask for!
@ cant wait…. thank you!! I will definitely check out that site!