Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
Saro Babikian is a student of Scott Tennant at USC where he is an undergrad senior, and he came highly recommended by Scott. He came in to record some videos and here he is playing Leo Brouwer’s Tres Apuntes: The first on a 2004 Darryl Perry, the second on a new 2018 Carlos Juan Busquiel and the third on a new 2018 Wolfgang Jellinghaus – the latter two both new makers in the GSI roster.
Here’s another great piece from the duo of Aaron Larget-Caplan and Peter Janson – their arrangement of the Adagio from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for two guitars. Aaron plays a 2017 Felipe Conde Crespo classical in spruce and African rosewood and Peter plays a 2001 Manuel Diaz flamenco in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Here’s Matt Bacon playing one of his own compositions and a piece from his upcoming book Elements of Indian Music, Vol. 1, which will be published by Mel Bay this May. He plays his Masala Blues on a magnificent 1979 ‘Churchdoor’ Rodriguez in cedar and CSA rosewood, and his arrangement of Kanakangi by Radhika Iyer on a beautiful new 2017 Felipe Conde Crespo classical in spruce and African rosewood.
Kanakangi is the first etude in Matt’s new book, which features 12 etudes arranged by Matt for classical guitar. Each etude is based off Hindustani and/or Carnatic raags and written in standard Western notation. The pieces range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and offer musicians a chance to experience Eastern music while maintaining the familiarity of Western notation. I’m looking forward to diving in when the book comes out!
Matt Bacon is a young guitarist who is currently teaching at the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India. He stopped by on his most recent visit back to the US and recorded some great pieces for us, including Manuel de Falla’s Homage Pour Le Tombeau de Debussy on a 2007 Sebastian Stenzel in spruce and CSA rosewood, and Isaac Albeniz’s Mallorca on a great 2015 G. V. Rubio ‘Estudio 640’ model in cedar and palo escrito. Next week we’ll have some of Matt’s compositions inspired by his time in India.
We’ve got videos of GSI’s Chris Garwood introducing us to some of this week’s New Arrivals, including new guitars from Mario Aracama, Sergio Perez and Marco Tejeda, plus an amazing 2005 Pepe Romero Jr. called ‘La Serrana’ from the Romero family’s private collection. Chris is a wonderful player, so this is a great chance to hear these guitars played right!
Here’s more of Peter Fletcher, this time playing the Gavotte from Bach’s Lute Suite #3 on a beautiful 1995 Hermann Hauser III (EX Jonathan Kellerman), Miguel Llobet’s Testament D’Amelia on a new Jose Ramirez Guitarra Del Tiempo, Isaac Albeniz’ Asturias on a 2013 Woonsun Lee, and Asturias and Segovia’s Oración on a 2006 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez ‘Negra’ (another example of great guitars being capable of handling classical or flamenco).
Here’s more of our friend Peter Fletcher playing some really interesting guitars for us, including a 2013 Paolo Coriani ‘Manuel Ramirez’ in spruce and CSA rosewood, a 2014 Antonio Raya Pardo ‘Torres’ in maple and spruce, a 2013 Woonsun Lee in spruce and Indian rosewood, a 2004 Kevin Aram ‘Dylann’ in cedar and Indian, and a great new Federico Sheppard ‘Camino’ in spruce and CSA rosewood.