U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to invite you to the 2nd concert of the Los Angeles International Guitar Series, presented by U.S. Classic Guitar. The first half of the evening concert will feature an exciting violin and guitar duo performance with famed LA resident/Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic alongside violinist Martin Chalifour (LA Phil’s Concertmaster since 1995), who will play on a historic 1711 Stradivarius violin previously owned by composer George Frederick Handel (and more recently by violinist-composer Fritz Kreisler).Continue Reading
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Shop at the GSI Store now through 11:59pm (PST) on Tuesday, February 18th and get 20% off all web orders up to $2,500!*
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Thanks to everyone who voted on our fun Valentine’s Day survey. We’ve been collecting the votes for the past week on videos nominated by our GSI team to find out what is the most “Romantic” classical guitar video on the GSI YouTube channel.Continue Reading
Virginia Luque recently visited Los Angeles, where she kicked off the 2020 U.S. Classic Guitar Concert season in the beautiful Shatto Chapel at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. The next day, she gave a masterclass in the Guitar Salon International showroom where she shared a great deal about several topics, including her time studying under the great Andrés Segovia as well as demonstrating her extremely impressive “no nails” right hand technique. Virginia has played extensively on a 1933 Hermann Hauser I guitar for much of her career and was delighted to stick around after the masterclass to record a couple of videos (from the repertoire of the previous evening’s concert) on two Hauser I guitars in our showroom – one from 1928, and the other from 1952.
Please check out the videos of Virginia Luque playing Leo Brouwer’s “Cantilena de los Bosques” on an early 1928 Hauser “Llobet” model, and Jorge Morel’s “Danza Brasilera” on 1952 Hermann Hauser I – a very late guitar, built in the final year of his life.Continue Reading
We have our 2020 guitar on its way from Luis Fernandez de Cordoba. Luis builds these instruments in a very traditional method, and this guitar is his concert style instrument with spruce top and black Limba back and sides, which he thinks of as similar to a light walnut in certain aspects. The sides of this guitar are laminated with yellow cedar. With an ebony head veneer, bindings and bridge, it has an extremely sleek look about it. This guitar also features a slightly elevated neck and a 20-fret fingerboard. Luis uses a 5-fan bracing pattern with open harmonic bar design on both the upper and lower harmonic bars. As always, we’re excited to receive his guitars (and this one in particular!), photograph it and share it with you all!Continue Reading
Barrios expert & luthier Federico Sheppard, editor and visionary behind “El Libro de Oro”, the new 6-volume edition of the works of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, asked if GSI would be willing to provide the video companion to the first 2 volumes, and of course we said “yes”! Although Barrios is a household name in the classical guitar world, he is largely known for his phenomenal compositions, which have become permanent staples of the classical guitar repertoire. But very little has been known of his teaching materials and method until now. The series of videos that will slowly fill this blog post are all taken from the studies found in Volume 1: “The Barrios Method”. In these videos, Sondre Hoymer performs on Federico Sheppard’s 2014 replica of “1911 José Ramírez – ex Barrios” RW/AR and Samuel Hines performs on a 2019 Matthew Chaffin SP/ZR.Continue Reading
Come one, come all to what is turning out to be one of the most exciting guitar events of the year! We are thrilled to partner with EliteGuitarist.com and announce the 2020 Los Angeles Guitar Festival (click for the official site), scheduled to take place from May 16-17, 2020 in sunny Southern California. This year’s contributing artists include the great American guitarist Christopher Parkening, flamenco great Antonio Rey, Thu Le, Ricardo Marlow, Christina Sandsengen, Taso Comanescu, Mircea Gogoncea, Tavi Jinariu, Giovanni Piacentini, Kevin Enstrom and Julius Carlson.Continue Reading
Here are four new videos of Evan Taucher who recently visited GSI for the first time. In recent years, Evan has won eight prizes in professional music competitions, including three Grand Prizes. Currently, he is a student of Adam Holzman at the University of Texas in Austin, where he is pursuing his Artist Diploma, and has also had the opportunity to study guitar at the University of Alicante in Spain.Continue Reading