Here – quite apprpriately, given the recent passing of Bernd Martin – is Wesley Park playing Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring on a beautiful Bernd Martin 40th Anniversary model guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. The 40th Anniversary models were a limited run of 8 guitars built by Bernd to celebrate 40 years of luthiery (1976-2016) and we were lucky to have seen two of them.
Check out the latest tutorial from our friends at eliteguitarist.com – Dr. Ines Thome walking us through Fernando Sor’s study Op. 35 No. 13 (or #2 in the Segovia numberings) that focuses on separating the melody from other voices in the piece. A great etude for improving right-hand accuracy and learning to bring out a melody. Ines plays a fantastic 2016 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. Click here to buy the lesson.
Few things are as fun as getting to meet, play and record a Torres. The historical significance of these instruments is pretty awesome, especially when you consider that all Torres guitars have been around for the entire history of the modern guitar and in many cases have played a direct role (most Torres guitars have been owned and played by significant figures in the history of the guitar). And then there’s the sound, which is almost always astonishing, especially for such old and relatively small instruments.
Eliza Carrington just graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory and has been making a name for herself in both the classical and pop worlds. She stopped by the showroom recently and recorded a few videos for us, including her own piece Gardenia, played on a great new Felipe Conde CC 36 in cedar and cocobolo and Clarice Assad’s Lullaby on a 2017 Fructuoso Zalapa ‘Romanillos’ model in spruce and cocobolo.
As we look forward to the release of Scott Tennant’s CD of Segovia’s music recorded on the 1969 Jose Ramirez 1a ‘AM’ that was owned by Segovia, we came across this video of Segovia himself playing the guitar. The video is from a 1972 documentary apparently made for Italian television, but we were very excited to see that there was Segovia playing the very guitar that wound up in the Russell Cleveland collection and subsequently at GSI, where we recorded Scott’s CD, as well as some other videos with great players (you can see them all here). Scott’s Segovia CD is being published by Guitar Coop and will be released soon! Watch at 0:34 in the video to see the camera zoom in and show the serial number of the guitar – No. 3,339.
Here are the Park Brothers, Alex and Wesley, playing Spanish Dance #1 from La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla on a gorgeous pair of Pepe Romero guitars – numbers 160 and 260, both part of the ‘zeros collection’ that had been part of the Romero family’s personal collection until now and have just recently become available for sale. #160 is a redwood and maple guitar from 2009 and #260 is a cedar and Indian guitar from 2016. Both guitars were made by Pepe Jr. for his father and bear inscriptions to that effect.
When GSI’s David Collett and JohnPaul Trotter went to MusikMesse in Frankfurt, Germany (Europe’s largest musical equipment trade fair), this year they met up with many of the luthiers we work with and also with Open Strings Berlin‘s Nicolas and Hendrick to shoot a great video about their time at MusikMesse. David and JohnPaul spend time with the Felipe Conde family, the Teodoro Perez family, Otto Vowinkel, Tobias Berg and Jochen Rothel and you can see that they’re having a pretty good time despite ‘working’. Huge thanks to Open Strings Berlin, who are a young, innovative media platform dedicated to promoting guitar culture through beautifully shot and edited video. They met with David and JohnPaul in Frankfurt and filmed their visit all 3 days, and are putting together separate videos for each of the 3 days. This is the first of the 3, 2 more to follow, hopefully soon!
I was visiting my good friend Stephen Hill, who lives and works in La Herradura, a beach town south of Granada, and he had just finished preparing a spruce and maple model 2 classical to send off to be French polished, so I took some pictures of the guitar and then ran it over to Antonio Ariza, whom you can see in the photo below. Antonio is the son of the luthier of the same name, who used to have his shop on the Cuesta Gomerez and whose guitars I used to covet back in the day. Antonio the son is one of the few polishers in Spain who work on a huge amount of guitars for luthiers all over the country and he does an absolutely fantastic job. The guitar will take a few weeks to polish and will be on its way to GSI sometime late Summer.