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Jan
24

Learn to play flamenco guitar with comprehensive lessons from flamenco greats such as Ricardo Marlow, Antonio Rey, El Amir, Jose Tanaka and Vahagni. See the complete Flamenco catalog here. Plus, check out the rest of the comprehensive classical, flamenco and jazz guitar lessons developed by our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com.

Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Marlow treats us to an exciting bulerias performance, which you can watch below, on the sharp, crisp-sounding 2019 Teodoro Perez “Flamenco Blanca” in spruce and cypress.

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Jan
22

Our new GSI Auction platform is now live, and first up is a 1976 José Ramírez “2a” with a gorgeous cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides.

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Jan
14

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon Powis interviews David Collett, President of Guitar Salon International, the largest dealer of classical and flamenco guitars in the world, located in Santa Monica, California. Simon and David talk about GSI’s guitar collection, its series of videos, and many other things you won’t want to miss! Please have a listen here (as you can tell, it’s already playing for you!), and then share your thoughts and comments below.

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Jan
14

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to present Spanish Guitar Virtuoso Virginia Luque in all three U.S. Classic Guitar Venues including Hawaii on January 12, Portland on January 17, and Los Angeles on January 18 (click on each event date to purchase tickets for that concert). Virginia’s program will include five U.S. premiers by composers Leo Brouwer, Jorge Morel, two of her own compositions, as well as works by Albeniz, Granados, Piazolla and more. Her masterclass takes place on Sunday January 19 from 11am-1pm, and like all remaining masterclasses in the Los Angeles Series, will be held at Guitar Salon International – 1455 19th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Check out Masterclass info and schedule on the U.S. Classic Guitar page.

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Jan
13

Here’s nineteen year old Olivia Chiang who is currently a student of Scott Tennant, playing all three movements from the “Tres Canciones Populares Mexicanas” arranged by Manuel Ponce. For each of the movements, Olivia is playing on a different guitar. You can hear her play “La Pajarera” on a stunning 2019 Luigi Locatto, “Por Ti Mi Corazón” on a brand new Contreras “10th Anniversary” and “La Valentina”, the third and final piece on a Vicente Carrillo “Primera Especial”.

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Jan
06

You may have seen the videos we produced with the incredible Brazilian guitarist/composer Guinga. What you may not have known was that during the filming of these videos, NPR had sent reporter Betto Arcas to get the full story of this legendary, soft-spoken and until now, somewhat obscure musician. JohnPaul, sales manager from GSI, had lived in Brazil in 2009 and had an encounter with Guinga’s music early on and was happy to share his first experience of Guinga’s music for this piece featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which you can also hear below. We were very happy to host Guinga and have NPR use GSI for their interview. Many thanks to Guinga, Betto, Vera Ludmila, and Allison Van Etten for their collaboration to make this all come together.

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Dec
30

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 capture some of the more candid stories of their eventful lives.

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Dec
16

This edition of GSI’s “Story Time” takes a slightly different turn, as we had the chance to sit down with the new duo Chika & Scott. The duo features internationally acclaimed artists Scott Morris (head of guitar program at CSU Dominguez Hills) and Chika Inoue, saxophonist with LA Phil and newly appointed faculty at CSUDH.

In this series of stories, the duo discuss the ins and outs of filming a music video on location in Spain, arranging for an uncommon duo, amplification challenges and solutions for live performances, recording at the famed Capitol Records Studio, and more!

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Dec
07

JohnPaul recently went down to Oceanside to pay Bernardo Romero a visit to his workshop, a space that he shares with his uncle and renowned luthier Pepe Romero Jr.

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Dec
05

Recently, while Andrew was vacationing in Tokyo, he had the privilege to visit the iconic workshop of Maestro Masaki Sakurai. In 1988, Sakurai was awarded first prize at the prestigious International Guitar-Making Competition in Paris, France and has continued to elevate his guitar making to the highest degree. There is an incredible amount of history behind this hidden gem workshop in the Saitama prefecture, just down the street from the 3rd busiest train station in the world. For the last 21 years, the guitars built since Sakurai took over the workshop (from his uncle Masaru Kohno) have maintained the quality, precision craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and beautiful sound that have made Kohno and Sakurai’s guitars world-renowned. With careful planning and some luck, Andrew was able to spend an incredible day picking wood for the next GSI guitars and to take a look at the inner workings of the shop to see how it all happens. We’d like to extend a personal thanks to Takuya Kawauchi from Aria & Co. for setting up the introduction!

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