It's 4 am in the morning, I was just browsing thru, happen to come across this site, got intrigued by the contest going on over the website, so thought of giving a closer look.
I didn't really want to create a profile and post this thread, but I saw that there are some 34,000 registered members on the website, indicating that something serious is going on here, I couldn't stop myself from posting this thread.
I might sound like extremely arrogant and inconsiderate. But music and guitar is something I feel very strongly about, so I have to say this, with all due respect to the organizers and participants and the audience. Hope it will be taken in a positive spirit and to make things better for future of guitar in India.
I heard the recording of last 3 finalists. How could you decide who is the best among those 3? It's like comparing oranges with apples. The instrument is same, but still the styles are just completely different. Comparing between two different styles is like comparing two different instruments all together, say a violin and a flute. How could you compare them? I felt sorry for Ahooja (Classical Gas). Classical Gas is an extremely complex piece. We have to understand that Classical Gas was played solo on guitar where as 'On the Run' was in a complete band setting. We have to take out the drums and bass part from that to see what is left. So we were comparing one person with a single guitar to a whole band! I'm not bringing down Chintan's efforts, but I'm just emphasizing that we can't compare the two styles.
Competitions are never good in arts in my opinion. Even if we have to do it for sake of publicity or whatever reasons, there should be more specific criteria. We can't compare Ravi Shankar with 'The Beatles' even though both have been influenced by Sitar to some degree. Whole thing signifies I guess how unaware we are about guitar in general in our country, or actually about music in general. Again I would say that hope this comment would be taken in a positive spirit. After seeing this post, if a single person on this forum goes back and tries to investigate the basic difference between Rock and Classical and Jazz and Country and Pop etc. (even with having guitar a common instrument), or actually looks at the sheetmusic of 'On the Run' or 'Classical Gas' to see what it takes to play the two pieces, my effort of posting this thread would be worthwhile.
Thank you for reading.