GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series released on our YouTube channel in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.
A few months ago, international concert artist and superstar Xuefei Yang stopped by the showroom to record some videos and promote her concert in LA. We were able to convince her to stick around and share some stories with us, as well as share some rare tips and tricks she’s accumulated from a storied international performance career.Continue Reading
The spruce for the soundboard comes from the Swiss Alps, and Daniele has made the perfect cut on this top – one look at the cross grain “aguas” on this top and you’ll see it doesn’t get any more quarter-sawn than this! The grain almost takes on the appearance of the swirling storms on Jupiter and Saturn – this is really fantastic and will make for a great sounding guitar. Daniele crafted his own one-a-kind rosette design with half herringbones inlays made of cedrella, maple and rosewood, and then matched the purfling with the same wood.Continue Reading
Looking for some stocking stuffers for loved ones or running low on strings? Spend $100 or more at the GSI store, and you’ll receive an email with a code for a FREE download of the new album of guitar concerti recorded by Angel and Pepe Romero and composed by American composer David Chesky!
“What I have to say about David Chesky is that he is a composer that covers so many different emotions in his music. Within one piece, he covers the elements of rock, classical, romantic, and flamenco. He has the ability to move through all of these emotions so quickly and efficiently. This is what makes these two concertos so special to me. As a performer I always need a vehicle in which I can let my emotions free and at the same time enjoy the technical aspects which most of the time are very challenging. This is all united by the beauty of these concertos.” – Angel Romero
“David Chesky has written a fantastic concerto for two guitars and orchestra in the tradition of the great double concertos by Bach, Vivaldi and Rodrigo. Chesky is true to himself and in this piece, he uses flamenco elements in a contrapuntal fashion that celebrate and challenge the guitarists, exploring the possibilities of guitar technique and expression.” – Pepe RomeroContinue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
Let’s be honest – here at GSI and in Los Angeles in general, we meet and hear a lot of incredible guitar players, both from seasoned professionals and the best up-and-coming young talents, and though we haven’t seen absolutely everything, we definitely get exposed to a fair share of great musicians. However, even from our very lucky vantage point, we can still be taken by surprise once in a while… and candidly admit we’re still floating from last week’s concert featuring the legendary Yamandu Costa.
*Update: All five of TY’s performances are now available on the GSI YouTube channel.
Our good friend TY Zhang recently visited Los Angeles as part of his North American concert tour, the coveted prize awarded each year to the recent GFA competition winner. We were thrilled when TY was able to stop by and share his incredible virtuosity and musicality on a few of our favorite guitars in the showroom right now. Below are five videos from him performing both “Tuhu” by Roland Dyens and “Sonata K. 53” by Scarlatti on a 2003 Greg Smallman, “Shindler’s List” by filmscore composer John Williams on a 1912 Enrique Garcia, “Valseana” by Sergio Assad on a 2017 Jose Vigil as well as Astor Piazzolla’s “Primavera Portena” on a 2018 Zoran Kuvac. These are all of the five videos TY shot for us, but stay tuned for more in the future!
Florian Blochinger (artistically known as Florian David) is a rare breed – he’s both an extremely talented concert performer as well as world-class guitar maker. Since birth, Florian has been immersed in the world of the classical and flamenco guitar. Being the son of world-renowned luthier Edmund Blochinger, Florian has not only been around the construction of instruments his entire life, but has also studied the instrument as a player extensively.