Today’s performance and tutorial from EliteGuitarist.com is for 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.” 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.
We’ve got videos of GSI’s Chris Garwood introducing us to some of this week’s New Arrivals, including new guitars from Mario Aracama, Sergio Perez and Marco Tejeda, plus an amazing 2005 Pepe Romero Jr. called ‘La Serrana’ from the Romero family’s private collection. Chris is a wonderful player, so this is a great chance to hear these guitars played right!
Every now and then a guitar comes to GSI that is just dripping with history. Such is the case of this amazing Robert Bouchet classical – the second guitar he ever made and the guitar that essentially launched the French or Paris school of guitar making that would include Daniel Friederich, Dominique Field, Jean-Noel Rohe and more. Check out the video to learn more about the circumstances that led Bouchet to make his first guitar at the age of 48 and to become one of Europe’s leading builders.
This Summer, July 19 through August 9, 2018, CSU Summer Arts will once again take place in Granada, Spain, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Granada Guitar Festival and Antonio Marin Montero guitar building competition, and you can take part! Summer Arts is a three-week program of master classes and guitar instruction conducted by some amazing player/teachers, including Pepe Romero, LAGQ, Vicente Coves, Scott Morris, Kai Narezo (me!) and more. Also, Summer Arts is open to just about anyone – not only CSU students or California residents.
There is a substantial amount of financial aid available, too, and the best way to find out how much aid you might get is to apply. Granada is a stunning and inspiring environment in which to study guitar, and you can’t do much better than spending three weeks with the likes of Pepe Romero and LAGQ and surrounded by other talented students who are all there to learn live, eat and drink guitar. GSI is proud to be a sponsor of the CSU Summer Arts in Granada and the Granada Guitar Festival and we hope to hear about some of your adventures in Spain! Application is now open so click over here to apply.
Here’s more of Peter Fletcher, this time playing the Gavotte from Bach’s Lute Suite #3 on a beautiful 1995 Hermann Hauser III (EX Jonathan Kellerman), Miguel Llobet’s Testament D’Amelia on a new Jose Ramirez Guitarra Del Tiempo, Isaac Albeniz’ Asturias on a 2013 Woonsun Lee, and Asturias and Segovia’s Oración on a 2006 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez ‘Negra’ (another example of great guitars being capable of handling classical or flamenco).