Saro Babikian is a student of Scott Tennant at USC where he is an undergrad senior, and he came highly recommended by Scott. He came in to record some videos and here he is playing Leo Brouwer’s Tres Apuntes: The first on a 2004 Darryl Perry, the second on a new 2018 Carlos Juan Busquiel and the third on a new 2018 Wolfgang Jellinghaus – the latter two both new makers in the GSI roster.
Here’s another great piece from the duo of Aaron Larget-Caplan and Peter Janson – their arrangement of the Adagio from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for two guitars. Aaron plays a 2017 Felipe Conde Crespo classical in spruce and African rosewood and Peter plays a 2001 Manuel Diaz flamenco in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Here’s the latest tutorial from our friends at EliteGuitarist.com – Ines Thome’s lesson on Barrios’ beautiful tremolo piece Una Limosna Por el Amor de Dios. Ines plays a lovely 2015 Woon Sun Lee classical in cedar and maple. You can watch the full tutorial here, or click over to EliteGuitarist.com for this and more great tutorials on a great variety of classical guitar masterpieces.
For the sixth consecutive time, Yamaha is sponsoring the Six String Theory Competition, hosted by Grammy®-winning guitarist and producer, Lee Ritenour.The biennial competition accepts performer applications for guitar, bass, piano/keyboards and drums, and offers winners performance opportunities and scholarships, as well as prizes from sponsors.
Registration is open January 15, 2018 via the contest website, Sixstringtheory.com, and entries are made by submitting two YouTube videos for consideration. Registration closes May 31, 2018 and winners are announced the first week of June 2018.
Here’s GSI’s Chris Garwood getting to know a new 2018 Wolfgang Jellinghaus ‘Signature’ model in cedar and Granadillo. This guitar is a cedar double-top with Granadillo back and sides, a floating raised fingerboard and an armrest. It’s one of the best double-tops we’ve seen, especially at this price, and we are very excited to be representing Jellinghaus in the US!
Here’s Matt Bacon playing one of his own compositions and a piece from his upcoming book Elements of Indian Music, Vol. 1, which will be published by Mel Bay this May. He plays his Masala Blues on a magnificent 1979 ‘Churchdoor’ Rodriguez in cedar and CSA rosewood, and his arrangement of Kanakangi by Radhika Iyer on a beautiful new 2017 Felipe Conde Crespo classical in spruce and African rosewood.
Kanakangi is the first etude in Matt’s new book, which features 12 etudes arranged by Matt for classical guitar. Each etude is based off Hindustani and/or Carnatic raags and written in standard Western notation. The pieces range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and offer musicians a chance to experience Eastern music while maintaining the familiarity of Western notation. I’m looking forward to diving in when the book comes out!
We have photos of the next guitar being built for us by Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin, who has impressed us lately with his beautiful guitars. This one will be cedar and African rosewood. In addition to making beautiful guitars, Vladimir takes some of the best photos we’ve seen of his work in progress.
Matt Bacon is a young guitarist who is currently teaching at the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India. He stopped by on his most recent visit back to the US and recorded some great pieces for us, including Manuel de Falla’s Homage Pour Le Tombeau de Debussy on a 2007 Sebastian Stenzel in spruce and CSA rosewood, and Isaac Albeniz’s Mallorca on a great 2015 G. V. Rubio ‘Estudio 640’ model in cedar and palo escrito. Next week we’ll have some of Matt’s compositions inspired by his time in India.