Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
When I heard we were doing staff picks, I thought: Which videos come to mind right away, without any second guesses? Which ones have recently caught my attention the most? It was tough narrowing it down to five videos, but then again my picks change every few months, so these are just the five I can loop on YouTube for days (as of now). This is also a great way to introduce friends to these videos as a sampling of the classical guitar, so enjoy:
We have more of Smaro Gregoriadou playing Bach’s Allemande from the first Cello Suite, BWV 1007, on a beautiful 1962 Ignacio Fleta spruce classical. And be sure to check out the Sarabande from the same suite, played on the same guitar.
When Olivia Chiang was last here we thought it would be fun to hear her play some Bach on two great Greg Smallman guitars we had at the moment – a 1992 cedar-top and the 2003 cedar guitar that had belonged to Ben Verdery – to see just how similar to one another they sounded. So here she is playing Bach’s Prelude in E, BWV 1006 on two Smallmans made eleven years apart from one another.
We thought it might be fun to poll everyone at GSI about some of their favorite videos, and we started at the top with GSI president David Collett. So, with the caveat that we all agreed that our ‘favorites’ change on a weekly basis, here are the five videos that came to David’s mind when we asked:
We have Federico Nuñez playing Soledad by Carlos Gardel on a gorgeous 2017 Felipe Conde ‘Centenario’, built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this guitar-making dynasty which began with Domingo Esteso. The Centenario is inspired by a guitar built by Domingo Esteso in 1928 for Daniel Fortea, and uses the very best spruce and CSA rosewood available, along with some of the most beautiful craftsmanship we’ve seen in some time.