Apr
18

Maciej has stopped by the showroom before, and this time, he decided to record two original compositions – “LAX” (he also has a version with violin) and “On the Trail” – both which you can watch below. He was drawn particularly to the robust, assertive sound, the stunning looks and the easy playability of the 2019 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Signature” in spruce and Indian rosewood, so he chose to perform solely on that guitar.

It’s fun and a bit odd to see a guitar “flipped” on our screens since Maciej is a left-handed player, but of course we’re lefty-inclusive and we always welcome great music! For this shoot, we simply restrung the guitar to accommodate him, and we can restring it back for a right-handed player. Now, see why Maciej devoted his showroom time to just this Jellinghaus!

For a full list of his work and compositions, visit http://www.maciejstaszewski.com/english/compositions.

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Apr
18

The 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition will be held from May 30th to June 1st at Pepperdine University, with the Young Guitarist Competition taking place from May 28-29. As one of the more prestigious guitar competitions in the world, the Parkening Guitar Competition offers the largest purse of any guitar competition in the world totaling in excess of $65,000. This year’s fifteen competitors range in age from 16 to 29, and are from all over the world; you’ll likely recognize this roster since many of the players are regulars in our showroom! The panel of judges includes Mia Bongiovanni, Charlotte Lee, Steve Schoen, David Thomas and 2016 Competition winner Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

We are proud to be official in-kind sponsors of the Parkening Guitar Competition, and we will provide updates on the competition’s progress across our FacebookInstagram and Twitter channels for your enjoyment.

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Apr
17

The guitar duo comprised of Luis Mariano & Florian David is not your average duo simply because you don’t hear the average duo making music that is an expression of the fusion of flamenco and classical styles. Spanish guitarist Luis Mariano and German guitarist Florian David present to you this mixed program of “flamenco meets classical” music featuring new arrangements of familiar pieces and new compositions by Luis Mariano himself. The entire CD was recorded at the “Eiskeller” in Dorfen, Germany on October 31, 2018, and it is available now for purchase at the GSI Store. Take a listen to two of the tracks below.

Both guitarists perform on guitars made by Florian Blöchinger (2018 SP/CSAR – much like this one and 2018 CD/CY), so there is a very in-house, personal feel to this recording with the great engineering of Jürgen Koch.

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Apr
11

This performance and tutorial from EliteGuitarist.com is for Francisco Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”, one of the most iconic pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. This piece is deeply evocative of the Spanish gardens of Alhambra and employs tremolo, a technique that is unique in its form to the guitar. Check out the note-for-note tutorial taught by Taso Comanescu and the full technique tutorial “Tremolo – A Comprehensive Approach.” For this video, Taso plays a beautiful 2017 German Vazquez Rubio Custom Elite, Rubio’s absolutely top-of-the-line model in spruce and African blackwood with stunning materials and workmanship.

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Apr
11

Just recently, Giulia Ballarè stopped by the showroom to leave with us a few performances, very dynamic and energetic no less, for your enjoyment on two fantastic guitars. First, you’ll hear her play Leo Brouwer’s ‘La Gran Sarabanda’ – very much in the style of a Bach Sarabande yet all Brouwer’s own of course – on a warm 2019 Yulong Guo “Philharmonic” guitar with a cedar top. Then, Giulia presents another rarely-heard piece, this one by Maurice Ohana titled ‘Tiento’ on a 2001 Dominique Field classical in spruce and CSAR, which we believe to be highly collectible instruments by one of the best makers today.

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Apr
02

We are very excited to announce the second annual GSI Summer Arts Scholarship. The scholarship will provide $2000 towards tuition and housing for one very deserving student to spend three weeks this Summer (July 23rd to August 12th) in Granada, Spain, as a student at the CSU Summer Arts La Guitarra Española course, which includes master classes with Pepe Romero, the Romero Quartet and Mabel Millán, and daily instruction from Vicente Coves, Scott Morris and myself Kai Narezo. The course takes place during the Granada Guitar Festival, which will feature concerts all month. The scholarship will go to a talented guitar student who would greatly benefit from study in Spain. The winner will be chosen by the GSI staff based not only on talent, but on the student’s commitment to the guitar and to the guitar community.

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Apr
01

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 1

In Pt. 2 of Jack’s unique story, through all of his encounters with classical guitar recordings, he is able to very closely trace back to when the first recordings may have been captured, basing it on extensive research and using items in his collection as reference points. Jack notes that the vast bulk of classical guitar recordings were made after the development of electrical recording in 1925; nevertheless, in a sea of mass-produced, dispensable products today, it is nice to learn about these rare treasures that still exist on a rare medium and serve as recordings to admire.

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Apr
01

We have a new guitar on its way to us from the Netherlands where luthier Hans van Velzen builds out of his workshop. Hans has a strong reputation for making the finest guitars around town, so we’re happy to have these photos of his latest creation and cannot wait to get it into our hands… (and then put it into your hands)! His first instrument for us will be a spruce and African rosewood classical, which no doubt will sound as great as it looks.

What do you think? What is your favorite part about what you see below?

One thing’s for sure, we’re fans of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix posters.

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Mar
30

Our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com have just released another tutorial of Bach’s Gavotte En Rondeau. Check out the in-depth, note-for-note tutorial from EliteGuitarist. Originally written for solo violin, Bach’s “Gavotte En Rondeau” has become a standard in the classical guitar repertoire. In this piece you will be able to improve your left hand slurs (hammer-on and pull-off) and overall dexterity, experiment with a variety of tonal colors and create phrasing variations. Check out the rest of the note for note tutorials at www.EliteGuitarist.com. For this recording Taso Comanescu played a 2018 Vladimir Druzhinin guitar.

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Mar
27

With a wave of Minimalism being so ‘in’ at the moment, we thought twice about this title and image. And, on that second thought we thought, “In this case COLLECTOR is a good thing!” Just look at that great library of music.

It all belongs to Jack Silver, who has become a friend as of late as he’s shared with us his story on how he became a collector of rare recordings; the kinds that record labels dream of having and audiophiles want to discover first. In recent years, Jack released some of his obscure, unknown recordings through DOREMI Records (now distributed by NAXOS), in a series called “Andres Segovia and his Contemporaries”. There are currently 12 volumes in this series.

As part of this multi-part GSI Story Series, we give you Pt. 1 of Jack Silver’s story (in his own words) on how he got started collecting rare recordings.

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