Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

Nov
08

Barrios expert & luthier Federico Sheppard, editor and visionary behind “El Libro de Oro”, the new 6-volume edition of the works of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, asked if GSI would be willing to provide the video companion to the first 2 volumes, and of course we said “yes”! Although Barrios is a household name in the classical guitar world, he is largely known for his phenomenal compositions, which have become permanent staples of the classical guitar repertoire. But very little has been known of his teaching materials and method, and we are quite astonished to discover that he was as skilled in arranging as in composing, as these arrangement testify even upon first listening.

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Nov
01

We were recently visited by the amazingly talented Italian guitarist Federica Canta who left us with four great performance videos, which you can view below. She specializes in performing Italian “Capricci” – indeed, in 2016 her thesis written while at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan was called “Italian Capricci through the Centuries”, and so naturally, she left us with 3 performances of some great caprices by Legnani and Mertz on guitars by Geza Burghardt, John Weissenrieder and Edmund Blöchinger. Another of her specialties is performing music of the Romantic era on historical instruments – a passion she learned from Francesco Biraghi, one of her earlier teachers. So for her fourth video, we’re treated to a stunning performance of the “Hungarian Fantasy” by Johan Kaspar Mertz on a 1924 Hermann Hauser guitar built with several “Viennese” style features from the previous era – borrowing many structural ideas particularly from Stauffer instruments, and we’re delighted to hear that “period” sound comes across beautifully under her fingertips.

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Oct
18

We were super thrilled to have the better part of the day to spend with both Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang on September 26th, two days before their “Virtuosas of The Guitar” concert, which was presented by our friends at EDM Services and the James Hunley Guitar Studio. During their visit to our showroom, the ladies recorded some amazing performance videos on several of our guitars and hung around for some fun and candid interviews conducted by our very own Jaxon Williams. The crew from the James Hunley Guitar Studio and EDM Services were present as well, so it was a great time for us all.

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Oct
02

Paraguayan guitarist José Carlos Cabrera was a recent guest of ours in the Salon, and totally floored with some incredibly clean and sensitive performances! José recorded 3 pieces by none other than fellow Paraguayan Agustín Barrios Mangoré. José, who is known for his authentic performances of Barrios’ traditional Paraguayan music, actually recently released an all-Barrios album titled Oración (see it here!), in which he plays some of the classics and many lesser-known but incredible works. It’s available on the Contrastes record label. He has been performing all over Spain, and South America since 2016 and is currently known as one of most sought-after performer of Barrios’ music. José was in Los Angeles to perform a concert and we are super excited he was able to make some time to stop by and record some of his program and album tracks with us.

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Sep
20

To those of you regularly following our YouTube channel, you’ll know Jennifer Kim, who has been coming in and doing videos for us the past few years. She’s now a student of Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute Of The Johns Hopkins University. She was recently in town and stopped by the showroom to perform some of her current repertoire. Here she is playing 3 dazzling pieces: two Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K.32/L423 on a 1986 Thomas Humphrey “Millenium” and Sonata K.27/L449 on the award-winning 2019 Yulong Guo “Granada” guitar. She also played a the highly virtuosic “Scherzo Vals” by Miguel Llobet with ease on a 2018 José Ramírez “Tablao”.

Enjoy Jennifer Kim’s great playing from her most recent visit, and we look forward to seeing her again, hopefully soon!

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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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Jul
16

It’s nothing but a joy playing the classical guitars in our showroom – you know that (thank you!), and we know that. That’s why when we’re working around guitars from 9 to 5, 5 days a week, we also try to make time to play them (you know, work & play balance) even if at least for a few minutes a day!

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Jun
25

A friend of GSI Evan Hirschelman stopped by the showroom recently and left behind a rockin’ performance on a fantastic-sounding 1925 Santos Hernandez in spruce and mahogany. Evan plays an original composition titled “Minds that Go! (Hommage to Chuck Schuldiner)”, which is dedicated to Schuldiner: the American singer, songwriter and guitarist who passed away in 2001. The piece is an adventurous one, and we like how it suits the dark, rich sound of the Santos (qualities that Santos is know for).

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