Author Archive

Sep
19

Our good friend Alberto Martinez, the man behind the camera of “Orfeo Magazine” will soon be receiving formal acknowledgement for his contribution to the classical guitar community. For several years Alberto has been tirelessly presenting the inside pictoral stories of so many of todays top luthiers and will receive the “Golden Guitar” Award at the 24° Convegno internazionale di chitarra di Milano on October 5, 2019 in Milan, Italy. Well done Alberto from all of us not just at GSI but throughout the world of classical guitar who have become familiar with, and grateful for, your work.

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Sep
13

We recently received news from our long-time friend Frank Wallace that he is suffering from cancer when he posted his very touching story on his blog in June. Bill Kanengiser of the LAGQ received the news at the same time we did and contacted us immediately to see if we could arrange a video shoot to record 3 pieces Frank wrote in 1999 from his 6-movement work “Sweet Ladyslipper”, which was dedicated to the memory of his friend and colleague John Fleagle, founding member of Trio LiveOak. The entire piece can be heard as played by Frank here. A .pdf file of the piece can also be purchased through that link for those of you interested in adding it to your repertoire.

In addition to performing these 3 beautiful pieces, Bill had some personal anecdotes he wanted to share, to create awareness of Frank’s condition, and to get word out that contributions can be made to Frank’s medical fund to help pay for his expenses.

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Sep
03

Have you ever wished you could come into the Salon but don’t live in L.A. or can’t come in? We’re bringing back our “First Look” video series so you can get the experience of trying out a guitar in the Salon wherever you are! Join Jaxon, Andy and JohnPaul as they discuss and perform on our top-notch collection of guitars. New videos every week!

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Aug
28

See and hear Andrew York’s new composition on a phenomenal and original Antonio de Torres guitar from 1864. Andy went back to his 1994 album “Denouement” and revisited one of his pieces called “Numen” and decided to expand on it by writing a 4 movement work, which he’s aptly titled “Numen Suite”. The names of the four movements are: I. Numen, II. Lumen, III. Menhir and IV. Numina. Although Andy has been performing this piece recently in his concerts, this is the recorded premiere. Please enjoy this fantastic new composition played on a very rare and collectible vintage Torres!

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Aug
13

Amir John Haddad is one of the most recognizable names in the flamenco guitar world. He has recently joined our friends at EliteGuitarist.com as one of their instructors, alongside other flamenco greats like Antonio Rey, Jose Tanaka, Vahagni and Ricardo Marlow. Hermano Cortes is an emotive Solea perfectly matched with this 1971 Miguel Rodriguez flamenco guitar.

Check out Amir’s Solea lessons at EliteGuitarist and the comprehensive flamenco curriculum developed for students ranging from absolute beginners to the most advanced.

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Jun
21

Annette Stephany has recently completed another guitar for GSI! This guitar is inspired by the same 1910 Manuel Ramirez that captured Annette’s attention long ago when she first saw it in a restoration in Lorenzo Frignani’s workshop. The guitar has a spruce top and a uniquely figured Indian Rosewood back. It’s been some time since our last guitar from Annette, so we’re really looking forward to getting to playing this guitar!

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Jun
17

Elite Guitarist: Flamenco Guitar Lessons with Amir John Haddad

Amir John Haddad is one of the most recognizable names in the flamenco guitar world. He has recently joined our friends at Elite Guitarist as one of their instructors, alongside other flamenco greats like Antonio Rey, Jose Tanaka and Vahagni. Dos Palomas Vuelan is an emotive ballad perfectly matched with this 1971 Manuel de la Chica flamenco guitar. Check out his flamenco guitar lessons at EliteGuitarist.com and the comprehensive flamenco curriculum developed for students ranging from absolute beginners to the most advanced.

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Jun
05

Our friends at EliteGuitarist.com have released a new tutorial of “Late at Night” recorded by Christina Sandsengen on a 2015 Federico Sheppard guitar. “Late at Night” by Sven Lundestad is a short composition, lyrical with jazzy overtones and a wonderful accessible melody. In this tutorial Christina Sandsengen will teach you how to play this piece both correctly and beautifully. Check out the soulful performance of this beautiful piece and the many other tutorials available at www.EliteGuitarist.com.

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May
21

Our friends from EliteGuitarist.com bring to you this performance and tutorial of Sergio Assad’s “Farewell”. The piece, played and taught here by Tavi Jinariu, is a deeply emotional one. Structured around repeating chord progressions and recurring motifs, “Farewell” provides ample opportunities for tonal and phrase explorations. Go to the next level in your musical interpretation as Tavi Jinariu explains his tonal, phrasing and fingering choices in this Elite Guitarist tutorial.

For the performance video, you can hear and watch Tavi play on our 2015 Federico Sheppard “Camino Dos Bocas” guitar.

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May
14

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 3

By Jack Silver

In this series of vignettes, I will be presenting a panorama of artists whose names have for the most part been totally effaced by the passage of the years, but whose artistry has been fortunately preserved on shellac. I am borrowing the title of this survey from Robert Vidal’s pioneering collection of LPs, “Panorama de la Guitare”, released on Erato in beautiful gatefold editions between 1969 and 1978. Never unavailable on CD, it has happily been recently released in a box set, with wonderful performances by such artists as Turibio Santos, Oscar Caceres, Konrad Ragossnig, Barbara Polasek, Leo Brouwer, Betho Davezac, the duo Pomponio-Zarate, and, significantly, an artist who first recorded in the 78 era, Maria Luisa Anido.

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