Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

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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Jan
13

Here’s nineteen year old Olivia Chiang who is currently a student of Scott Tennant, playing all three movements from the “Tres Canciones Populares Mexicanas” arranged by Manuel Ponce. For each of the movements, Olivia is playing on a different guitar. You can hear her play “La Pajarera” on a stunning 2019 Luigi Locatto, “Por Ti Mi Corazón” on a brand new Contreras “10th Anniversary” and “La Valentina”, the third and final piece on a Vicente Carrillo “Primera Especial”.

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Jan
13

Aaron Haas recently visited the showroom again but this time along with vocalist Anastasia Malliaras, and the two delivered some stunning performances of some great gems in the repertoire.

Aaron selected several guitars from our selection in order to show off the variety of makers we carry, as well as to give each piece a different sonic character. In his solo performance of Federico Mompou’s “Canción” from ‘Suite Compostelana’, Aaron played a fantastic 2019 Narongsak Visesnut with a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood back and sides. He also used this same guitar to accompany Anastasia on lovely performance of “Chanson de la Mariée” by Maurice Ravel. Aaron then moved on to a 2019 Michel Belair “Homage a Daniel Friederich” to play Mompou’s “Prelude” (also from the ‘Suite Compostelana’) and again on Manuel de Falla’s “Asturiana”, accompanied by Anastasia.

For Aaron’s final solo piece, he played the 2019 Kenneth Brögger “Polycentric Baroque Arch Head” guitar for a great performance of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Tonadilla, Op. 107, No. 5”.

The duo’s final 2 performances included Benjamin Britten’s “Sailor Boy” with Aaron playing a 2019 G.V. Rubio “Monarca Elite” – the flagship model from this fine maker. Lastly, we have a fantastic arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s “Là-bas, vers l’église” with Aaron on a charming 1991 Miguel Rodriguez.

We hope you are able to watch and enjoy the variety of music and guitars found in these 7 videos, and look forward to seeing these two great musicians back for another round of videos in the future!

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Jan
07

GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series released on our YouTube channel in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and to tell of the more candid moments in their momentous lives.

A few months ago, international concert artist and superstar Xuefei Yang stopped by the showroom to record some videos and promote her concert in LA. We were able to convince her to stick around and share some stories with us, as well as share some rare tips and tricks she’s accumulated from a storied international performance career.

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Dec
30

GSI’s “Story Time” is one of our newer video series, released on our YouTube channel, in which we interview prominent guitarists to find out their most charming, curious and interesting stories – the details that are not typically part of the traditional interviews they’ve done over and over again throughout the course of their careers. Our goal is to get them “off script” and capture some of the more candid stories of their eventful lives.

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