Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

Mar
27

This time we have something very special for you – New GSI videos of El Twanguero who recorded fingerstyle music on acoustic guitars (including a STEEL string) from the workshop of José Ramírez III.

“… El Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music … ” – Rolling Stone Magazine

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Mar
20

We’re happy to share with you new recordings of a Polish guitarist Bartosz Paprot who stopped by our showroom on his first ever U.S. visit. Paprot came to Los Angeles to play a concert at the University of Southern California as a part of the Music@RushHour concert series. 

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Mar
13

We have for you some new videos of our friend and a GSI veteran, Taso Comanescu. Taso is a phenomenal player and we’re always impressed by his ability to develop an individual approach to each guitar only after a few minutes of warming up on them!

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Mar
05

When Dragos Ilie was still a young student in Romania, his exceptional guitar skills were noticed by professor Andrew Zohn who visited Romania at the time. This first meeting between the artists, eventually resulted in Dragos coming to the United States to study with Andrew Zohn at the Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music. Currently, Dragos is living in Texas where he is pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Austin with professor Adam Holzman. Dragos is also a prize-winner of over 30 national and international competitions (including the Indiana Guitar Festival, the Columbus Guitar Symposium, ECU Guitar Festival, Texas A&M Guitar Competition, and Florida Guitar Foundation Festival).

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Feb
25

Daniel Rodriguez Velásquez from Colombia has recently visited our showroom for the first time to record some videos. Daniel is not only a classical guitarist, but also a composer. He recorded with us Segovia’s original composition (and his most famous), “Estudio Sin Luz”. To make this recording even more special we asked Daniel to record it on a 1979 Jose Ramirez 1a guitar that was autographed on the soundboard by Segovia himself!

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Feb
13

Virginia Luque recently visited Los Angeles, where she kicked off the 2020 U.S. Classic Guitar Concert season in the beautiful Shatto Chapel at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. The next day, she gave a masterclass in the Guitar Salon International showroom where she shared a great deal about several topics, including her time studying under the great Andrés Segovia as well as demonstrating her extremely impressive “no nails” right hand technique. Virginia has played extensively on a 1933 Hermann Hauser I guitar for much of her career and was delighted to stick around after the masterclass to record a couple of videos (from the repertoire of the previous evening’s concert) on two Hauser I guitars in our showroom – one from 1928, and the other from 1952.

Please check out the videos of Virginia Luque playing Leo Brouwer’s “Cantilena de los Bosques” on an early 1928 Hauser “Llobet” model, and Jorge Morel’s “Danza Brasilera” on 1952 Hermann Hauser I – a very late guitar, built in the final year of his life.

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Feb
10

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 until now. The series of videos that will slowly fill this blog post are all taken from the studies found in Volume 1: “The Barrios Method”. 

In these videos, Sondre Hoymer performs on Federico Sheppard’s 2014 replica of “1911 José Ramírez – ex Barrios” RW/AR and Samuel Hines performs on a 2019 Matthew Chaffin SP/ZR. In addition, in the latest video, Ian Watt performs on a replica of Barrios’ 1927 Francisco Simplicio, built by Federico Sheppard.

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Feb
05

Here are four new videos of Evan Taucher who recently visited GSI for the first time. In recent years, Evan has won eight prizes in professional music competitions, including three Grand Prizes. Currently, he is a student of Adam Holzman at the University of Texas in Austin, where he is pursuing his Artist Diploma, and has also had the opportunity to study guitar at the University of Alicante in Spain.

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Jan
30

Belarussian guitarist Natalia Lipnitskaya visited our showroom recently and recorded four great video performances. In case you don’t know, Natalia is a winner of many international prizes in guitar competitions in Europe, where she studied with Alvaro Pierri in Vienna and with Olivier Chassain in Paris. Currently, Natalia lives in San Francisco and teaches at San Francisco Conservatory of Music preparatory program. Check out the videos Natalia recorded with us: the “Rondeña” by Regino Sáinz de la Maza and “Tango de la Casada Infiel (Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca)” by Vicente Asencio on a 2019 Teodoro Perez “Concierto” and two pieces by Astor Piazzolla – his “Verano Porteño” and “Primavera Porteña” from the famous set Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, on a 2019 Juan Garcia Fernandez CD/IN.

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Jan
30

New videos of Taso Comanescu are published on our GSI YouTube channel (SUBSCRIBE)! This time, our good friend Taso recorded 4 of the 12 Preludes (Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6) by Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948). These are incredibly charming, albeit short pieces (around 1-minute long each), but each one presents a broad range of colors and dynamic levels, which makes them perfect miniatures for easy consumption. We recommend you check them out!

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