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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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May
07

Luthier Federico Sheppard wears many hats other than building great guitars, which include his unique “Camino” models and replicas of the main concert guitars of Agustín Barrios Mangoré. He hosts guitar workshops and presents concerts (over 500 to date) in the north of Spain along the Camino de Santiago, where he also writes and publishes articles for the Guild of American Luthiers and Soundboard magazine. This is a short-list of all he does; however, it has been with Herculean effort that his current project is nearly complete: called “El Libro de Oro – The Book of Gold”, this is a multi-volume and new edition of the works of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, commemorating the 75th anniversary of his passing. Acting as editor, contributing author and collector, Sheppard has included many hitherto unknown works, including the Barrios method, studies, duos, solos and arrangements of other composers. Published by Les Productions D’Oz, a very well-known publisher of sheet music for the guitar, with a release date set for June 2019.

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May
03

<— Go back to Jack Silver, Pt. 2

Through encounters with aficionados who held rare recordings in their possession to particular items he found himself, our friend Jack Silver tells of how the Segovia and His Contemporaries series of recordings came to fruition on the DOREMI label. After discovering one Segovia recording, Jack’s idea took flight. Enjoy the third installment of Jack’s story as he shares his life as a collector, and stay tuned for Part 4, which we’ll release in the coming weeks.

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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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