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What is the most difficult acoustic guitar piece ever written? Improvisations doesn't count cause that would be like me banging randomly on the strings and calling it difficult. I used to think that it was Classical Gas performed like this:

But this looks even harder:

Or maybe there is something even more difficult to play out there?

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Try some Michael Hedges, Don Ross......anybody good......for a small challenge try some Pierre Bensusan.

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The simplest piece ever written is the most difficult to play well enough to render the listener in awe of your skills and the beauty of the piece.

Complex arrangement is not what makes a piece easy or hard, playing to perfection is. There's plenty of stuff Segovia played that is fairly trivial in terms of arrangement, but very few can do any of those pieces justice compared to the master.

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Any of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.

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From my airspace, try this one

Pepe Romero playing Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Basically - pick the melody note with your thumb, and then pick the three single-pitch notes with your ring-middle-index fingers; the technique is called tremelo, and it's difficult to play without it sounding like a galloping horse.


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This looks pretty difficult to play well

note the 'on the fly' tuning at 2:09


There are too many songs that have an 'F' chord in them.

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It's more orchestral than strictly acoustic, but...
Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz looks pretty challenging to play. :shock:


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