Author Archive

Apr
11

This performance and tutorial from EliteGuitarist.com is for Francisco Tarrega’s “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.” For this video, 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.

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Apr
01

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 1

In Pt. 2 of Jack’s unique story, through all of his encounters with classical guitar recordings, he is able to very closely trace back to when the first recordings may have been captured, basing it on extensive research and using items in his collection as reference points. Jack notes that the vast bulk of classical guitar recordings were made after the development of electrical recording in 1925; nevertheless, in a sea of mass-produced, dispensable products today, it is nice to learn about these rare treasures that still exist on a rare medium and serve as recordings to admire.

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Mar
30

Our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com have just released another tutorial of Bach’s Gavotte En Rondeau. Check out the in-depth, note-for-note tutorial from EliteGuitarist. Originally written for solo violin, Bach’s “Gavotte En Rondeau” has become a standard in the classical guitar repertoire. In this piece you will be able to improve your left hand slurs (hammer-on and pull-off) and overall dexterity, experiment with a variety of tonal colors and create phrasing variations. Check out the rest of the note for note tutorials at www.EliteGuitarist.com. For this recording Taso Comanescu played a 2018 Vladimir Druzhinin guitar.

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Mar
27

With a wave of Minimalism being so ‘in’ at the moment, we thought twice about this title and image. And, on that second thought we thought, “In this case COLLECTOR is a good thing!” Just look at that great library of music.

It all belongs to Jack Silver, who has become a friend as of late as he’s shared with us his story on how he became a collector of rare recordings; the kinds that record labels dream of having and audiophiles want to discover first. In recent years, Jack released some of his obscure, unknown recordings through DOREMI Records (now distributed by NAXOS), in a series called “Andres Segovia and his Contemporaries”. There are currently 12 volumes in this series.

As part of this multi-part GSI Story Series, we give you Pt. 1 of Jack Silver’s story (in his own words) on how he got started collecting rare recordings.

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Mar
14

Our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com have just released a great tutorial of the familiar Malagueña. Check out the in-depth, note-for-note tutorial from EliteGuitarist. Malagueña is one of the most recognizable Spanish tunes for the classical guitar and an immediate favorite of audiences. In spite of its simple melody, the piece presents great opportunities to improve your right hand technique. You will learn how to play triplets, rasqueados, and many other exciting techniques. Check out the rest of the note for note tutorials at www.EliteGuitarist.com. For this recording Tavi Jinariu played a 2001 John Weissenrieder “Garcia” guitar

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Mar
04

Our friends at www.EliteGuitarist.com have just released an in-depth tutorial of Vals Venezolano No. 3 (Natalia) by Antonio Lauro. This is a beloved standard in the classical guitar repertoire, and it is full of life and color. The piece combines Strauss-like waltzes with South American syncopated rhythms. Check out the in-depth, note for note tutorial from www.EliteGuitarist.com, grab your guitars, and let’s get to work!

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Feb
08

The Spanish Classical Guitar Maestro, Pepe Romero, has come by our showroom on various occasions to showcase many interesting guitars – some by his son Pepe Jr. and others of noteworthy history or detail in their build. We’re glad to have such a great friend in Pepe Romero Sr. and to be as involved in his continued work with the guitar as he is with ours.

Joaquin Turina ‘Sevillana’                                            Francisco Tárrega ‘Mazurka’
Francisco Tárrega ‘Mazurka’                                        In Conversation About Pine
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Jan
30

We’re big fans of Alex Tsiboulski and the music he shares with all of us. Check out his updated collection of videos he’s filmed here in our showroom so far.

Chrystian Dozza ‘Etude #1’                                            Chrystian Dozza ‘Etude #2’
Bach ‘Prelude from Cello Suite 1’                                   Bach ‘Minuet I & II from Cello Suite 1’
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Dec
13

It’s always a pleasure to watch Yuri Liberzon perform in our very showroom, and he always brings with him captivating pieces of music. Find out what we mean below with his YouTube playlist now available.

Astor Piazzola ‘La Muerte Del Ángel’                                   Konstantin Vassiliev ‘Cavatina’
Astor Piazzolla ‘Tango Etude No. 6’                             Konstantin Vassiliev ‘The Jazz Story’
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Oct
25

Surely we’ve all seen at least one Celil Refik Kaya guitar demo, and David Collett here even chose one of Celil’s performances as his top 5 favorite. So, make sure to catch up on all of his performances in our Santa Monica showroom with this YouTube playlist. Enjoy.

Marco Pereira ‘Frevo’                                                 Agustin Barrios ‘Las abejas’
Enrique Granados ‘Valses Poeticos’                            Egberto Gismonti ‘Agua E Vinho’
Paganini ‘Caprice in A, Opus 1 No. 5’
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