Jan
24

Learn to play flamenco guitar with comprehensive lessons from flamenco greats such as Ricardo Marlow, Antonio Rey, El Amir, Jose Tanaka and Vahagni. See the complete Flamenco catalog here. Plus, check out the rest of the comprehensive classical, flamenco and jazz guitar lessons developed by our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com.

Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Marlow treats us to an exciting bulerias performance, which you can watch below, on the sharp, crisp-sounding 2019 Teodoro Perez “Flamenco Blanca” in spruce and cypress.

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Jan
22

Our new GSI Auction platform is now live, and first up is a 1976 José Ramírez “2a” with a gorgeous cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides.

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Jan
14

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon Powis interviews David Collett, President of Guitar Salon International, the largest dealer of classical and flamenco guitars in the world, located in Santa Monica, California. Simon and David talk about GSI’s guitar collection, its series of videos, and many other things you won’t want to miss! Please have a listen here (as you can tell, it’s already playing for you!), and then share your thoughts and comments below.

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Jan
14

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to present Spanish Guitar Virtuoso Virginia Luque in all three U.S. Classic Guitar Venues including Hawaii on January 12, Portland on January 17, and Los Angeles on January 18 (click on each event date to purchase tickets for that concert). Virginia’s program will include five U.S. premiers by composers Leo Brouwer, Jorge Morel, two of her own compositions, as well as works by Albeniz, Granados, Piazolla and more. Her masterclass takes place on Sunday January 19 from 11am-1pm, and like all remaining masterclasses in the Los Angeles Series, will be held at Guitar Salon International – 1455 19th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Check out Masterclass info and schedule on the U.S. Classic Guitar page.

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Jan
13

Here’s nineteen year old Olivia Chiang who is currently a student of Scott Tennant, playing all three movements from the “Tres Canciones Populares Mexicanas” arranged by Manuel Ponce. For each of the movements, Olivia is playing on a different guitar. You can hear her play “La Pajarera” on a stunning 2019 Luigi Locatto, “Por Ti Mi Corazón” on a brand new Contreras “10th Anniversary” and “La Valentina”, the third and final piece on a Vicente Carrillo “Primera Especial”.

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Jan
13

Aaron Haas recently visited the showroom again but this time along with vocalist Anastasia Malliaras, and the two delivered some stunning performances of some great gems in the repertoire.

Aaron selected several guitars from our selection in order to show off the variety of makers we carry, as well as to give each piece a different sonic character. In his solo performance of Federico Mompou’s “Canción” from ‘Suite Compostelana’, Aaron played a fantastic 2019 Narongsak Visesnut with a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood back and sides. He also used this same guitar to accompany Anastasia on lovely performance of “Chanson de la Mariée” by Maurice Ravel. Aaron then moved on to a 2019 Michel Belair “Homage a Daniel Friederich” to play Mompou’s “Prelude” (also from the ‘Suite Compostelana’) and again on Manuel de Falla’s “Asturiana”, accompanied by Anastasia.

For Aaron’s final solo piece, he played the 2019 Kenneth Brögger “Polycentric Baroque Arch Head” guitar for a great performance of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Tonadilla, Op. 107, No. 5”.

The duo’s final 2 performances included Benjamin Britten’s “Sailor Boy” with Aaron playing a 2019 G.V. Rubio “Monarca Elite” – the flagship model from this fine maker. Lastly, we have a fantastic arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s “Là-bas, vers l’église” with Aaron on a charming 1991 Miguel Rodriguez.

We hope you are able to watch and enjoy the variety of music and guitars found in these 7 videos, and look forward to seeing these two great musicians back for another round of videos in the future!

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Jan
07

GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series released on our YouTube channel in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.

A few months ago, international concert artist and superstar Xuefei Yang stopped by the showroom to record some videos and promote her concert in LA. We were able to convince her to stick around and share some stories with us, as well as share some rare tips and tricks she’s accumulated from a storied international performance career.

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Jan
06

You may have seen the videos we produced with the incredible Brazilian guitarist/composer Guinga. What you may not have known was that during the filming of these videos, NPR had sent reporter Betto Arcas to get the full story of this legendary, soft-spoken and until now, somewhat obscure musician. JohnPaul, sales manager from GSI, had lived in Brazil in 2009 and had an encounter with Guinga’s music early on and was happy to share his first experience of Guinga’s music for this piece featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which you can also hear below. We were very happy to host Guinga and have NPR use GSI for their interview. Many thanks to Guinga, Betto, Vera Ludmila, and Allison Van Etten for their collaboration to make this all come together.

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Jan
02

The spruce for the soundboard comes from the Swiss Alps, and Daniele has made the perfect cut on this top – one look at the cross grain “aguas” on this top and you’ll see it doesn’t get any more quarter-sawn than this! The grain almost takes on the appearance of the swirling storms on Jupiter and Saturn – this is really fantastic and will make for a great sounding guitar. Daniele crafted his own one-a-kind rosette design with half herringbones inlays made of cedrella, maple and rosewood, and then matched the purfling with the same wood.

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Dec
30

GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series, released on our YouTube channel, in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and capture some of the more candid stories of their eventful lives.

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