We are always happy campers when Ukranian-born / Austrialian-based classical guitar phenom Alex Tsiboulski drops by the GSI showroom! In addition to his brilliantly expressive playing, Alex’s repertoire is always a refreshing mix of traditional along with a little something new, often from Brazilian composer and guitarist Chrystian Dozza.
This week, Italian luthier Lorenzo Frignani shared a few photos with us of a beautiful new guitar that has been strung up and will be coming our way soon. This guitar features a Spruce top and Imbuia back and sides, always a stunning pair. In addition to photos of the finished product, Lorenzo also included some interesting shots of the intricate inlay he added to the back of this instrument, just below the heel. Check them out below!
Torija from Torroba’s ‘Castillos de España’ is a set of brief pieces that take the listener on a musical tour of Spain’s famous castles. The Torija castle is located just off the road between Madrid and Barcelona. This piece is a reflective, introspective musical depiction of Torija and in this tutorial instructor Kevin Enstrom shares all the secrets of the trade that help bring this piece to life. From phrasing insights, to slight variations of the tempo and dynamics you will be able to transport your listeners to the wonderful Torija castle.
We’ve got another fantastic lesson for all of you from the one and only Kai Narezo, this time on a stunning 1971 Manuel de la Chica. In this week’s edition of “Anatomy of a Compás,” Kai breaks down the basics of Soleá and provides you with the skills to start playing it on your own. To make it even easier, he has supplied the notation and tab for you to print out and keep at home!
We are very excited to introduce you to a new maker for us out of Spain, Elias Bonet! Here is a little peak at a guitar which will be coming our way very soon. It features a Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides as well as a beautiful rosette not quite like any we’ve seen.
At the end of each year, we always enjoy looking back at the performances we’ve recorded and sharing a few of our favorites with all of you! This was an amazing year in videos here at GSI. In addition to the multitude of guitar demonstrations we were able to shoot, we also had a few surprise treats including the introduction of both our mini-doc and “First Looks” series, as well as the appearance of a few legendary musicians outside the classical echelon such as Fareed Haque and Guinga.
This week we have the ultra-talented pairing of Jiji – a familiar face here at GSI – and her duo partner Gulli Bjornsson! Together, the two make up the eclectic guitar duo L I N Ü which plays a diverse repertoire of music, ranging from Philip Glass to Claude Debussy. Gulli, a native of Iceland, and Jiji met in 2015 while studying with Benjamin Verdery at Yale University.
Here’s a familiar face! This week, Kai teaches you the “Anatomy of a Compás,” specifically a section from the exciting Fandangos de Huelva. For those of you who aren’t aware, Kai has put together an amazing resource for those interested in learning flamenco guitar from the comfort of your own home. His site is called Flamenco Explained and hosts hundreds of lessons on all aspects flamenco, from counting out your first solea to ripping scales and rasgueados with a full band! Enjoy this mini-lesson on a beautiful 2007 Antonio Raya Pardo and check out Kai’s full catalog of lessons at FlamencoExplained.com.
Join us Saturday, January 19th at the GSI showroom for a final celebration of the Segovia Ramirez before it’s officially sent home with its new owner. Over the course of its long tenure here at GSI, this legendary guitar has been played by many generations of great players, and at this event, it will be played one final time by a lineup of some of our favorite artists including Scott Tennant, Andrew York, Tavi Jinariu, and Taso Comanescu.