Nov
20

This is one of the most beloved sonatas by Scarlatti transcribed for the classical guitar. Beyond the note-for-note tutorial you will also learn elements of Baroque interpretation, ornamentation & counterpoint. Learn to play this advanced-level sonata with the Elite Guitarist tutorial taught by Taso Comanescu. See the Full Tutorial for this Piece at: https://tinyurl.com/y452kzqa. For this lesson, Taso performs on a 2019 Masaki Sakurai “PC” SP/CSAR. Check out the comprehensive classical, flamenco and jazz guitar lessons developed by our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com.

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Nov
20

Perfect for the gigging musician needing amplification who seeks a natural nylon sound with no feedback. Look no further than right here! Valerio Licari’s nylon-string “Zen” model is a beautifully built and masterfully designed guitar with a robust, balanced and clear sound as well as many other special features. And, as you can see in the gallery below, we have one of these “Zen” guitars coming soon the Salon.

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Nov
14

German luthier Stefan Nitschke has become known for building quality instruments in the Torres/Hauser tradition. Stefan’s newest model, based on the work of Jose Romanillos (himself a builder of Torres and Hauser style guitars!) follows closely not just many of the structural details of Romanillos’ work, but also his classic aesthetics, most notably the “Moorish” arch in the rosette. Here are some first photos of the guitar at various stages of construction, and it is shaping up beautifully with gorgeous materials and meticulous workmanship.

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Nov
08

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, and we are quite astonished to discover that he was as skilled in arranging as in composing, as these arrangement testify even upon first listening.

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Nov
08

We’ve known Fructuoso Zalapa for several decades, and his guitars continue to be as popular as ever with the GSI staff (who have personally owned his instruments) and with the countless players and fans of his work who have had the opportunity to play or own one of his instruments. Each guitar we receive is both exotically-pleasing to the eye and robust in sound. Despite already having won numerous awards over the years for his work, Fructuoso was recently honored again with another prestigious award by the Mexican (Michoacán) government.

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Nov
08

Our friends from EliteGuitarist.com bring to you this performance and tutorial of “Spatter the Dew” – an Irish Slip jig geared towards the advanced players among us. With a plethora of techniques and demand for accurate speed, this piece will test the endurance of the most advanced of players. Check out the full note for note tutorial of this piece taught by Taso Comanescu on the EliteGuitarist website. In these videos, you can hear and watch Taso play on our 2019 Michel Belair “Hommage a Daniel Friederich” guitar.

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Nov
01

We were recently visited by the amazingly talented Italian guitarist Federica Canta who left us with four great performance videos, which you can view below. She specializes in performing Italian “Capricci” – indeed, in 2016 her thesis written while at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan was called “Italian Capricci through the Centuries”, and so naturally, she left us with 3 performances of some great caprices by Legnani and Mertz on guitars by Geza Burghardt, John Weissenrieder and Edmund Blöchinger. Another of her specialties is performing music of the Romantic era on historical instruments – a passion she learned from Francesco Biraghi, one of her earlier teachers. So for her fourth video, we’re treated to a stunning performance of the “Hungarian Fantasy” by Johan Kaspar Mertz on a 1924 Hermann Hauser guitar built with several “Viennese” style features from the previous era – borrowing many structural ideas particularly from Stauffer instruments, and we’re delighted to hear that “period” sound comes across beautifully under her fingertips.

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Oct
24

Zoran Kuvac sends greetings from Bosnia and Herzegovina along with pictures of his latest guitar for GSI. He is currently refining and assembling this new instrument, which should arrive to the showroom late this year. It’s turning out to be beautiful and elegant with a spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides – the spruce equivalent of Zoran’s previous cedar top guitar he made for us last year.

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Oct
24

German luthier Annette Stephany will soon be sending us her latest guitar. This will be a Cedar-top guitar with a twist – the back and sides will be made with Ash – our first of this kind from any maker, and we’re excited. The guitar is expected to arrive to our showroom sometime next month but for now you can check out some photos of it being built.

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Oct
24

Both GSI and the GSI Foundation are teaming up to supplement the prize offerings that will be awarded at the upcoming 2019 Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition at Cal State LA next month – festival dates are November 7-10. For the 1st prize Solo Guitar Competition winner in the “Adult” Division, we’ll be providing the winner with a video recording session here in our Salon which will end up on our YouTube page. For the “Junior” Division, the 1st place winner will be awarded a La Cañada guitar! This is in addition to the awards which already include up to $5,000 in cash and other prizes combined from other sponsors. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 so there’s still time to submit applications!

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