Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’
Here is another set of videos from the Belgrade Guitar Duo which is comprised of Momcilo Moma Aleksandric and Filip Zivanovic. This time, they are performing all three movements from the Suite Italiana, written in 1989 by Italian guitarist and composer Mario Gangi.
As an example of the kind of lessons we have over on the Flamenco Explained website, I’ve recorded a few lessons on some the great flamenco guitars that are in stock right now. The first video deals with a bit of Moraito Buleria and explores how Moraito would string together small elements of Buleria to create an amazing bit of grooviness, and I get to play a stunning 1962 Miguel Rodriguez blanca; The next video is about feeling your distance from 10 in Bulerias – I consider this an essential element of good compás – and uses picado and alzapua, making it both a compás and a technique workout, played on a 2003 Antonio Marin blanca; And the third video is another compás and technique workout, this time with three Tangos falsetas that focus on bursts of picado, arpeggio and alzapua, played on a Stephen Hill 2A blanca. Just click on the links below each video for notation and TABS of each lesson.
Here’s the third video of Bill Kanengiser playing the 2018 Ariel Ameijenda guitar in cedar and Uruguayan blackwood. Here Bill is clearly having fun playing Lobster Tale from his friend Brian Head’s Sketches for Friends. If you missed the first two videos you can check them out here.
Our friend Jiji was back in town – you may remember her amazing performance of Leyenda on a 1925 Santos Hernandez – more or less on her way to her new gig at Arizona State University where se’ll be an Assistant Professor of guitar. This time she played some Scarlatti for us on a Jose Ramirez Centenario in spruce and CSA rosewood and she also played a piece by Ben Verdery called Tread Lightly For you Tread on my Dreams. Jiji studied with Verdery at Yale and the 2003 Greg Smallman that jiji played for the piece also belonged to Verdery originally.
Here’s another great video of Bill Kanengiser playing that 2018 Ariel Ameijenda cedar and Uruguayan blackwood guitar that was just sold. This time Bill gives us a bit of Tarrega, playing a lovely rendition of Marieta. And if you like the sound of this guitar, Ameijenda is building another one for GSI with the exact materials and specs, which should be here pretty soon (you can see a few photos of that guitar here).
Saro Babikian, who came in not too long ago to shoot some videos, just graduated from USC and came back to shoot a few more for us. Here he is playing Scarlatti’s Sonata K 380 on a great Fructuoso Zalapa ‘Romanillos’ model in spruce and kingwood and Isaac Albeniz’ Malagueña on a stunning 1968 Ignacio Fleta cedar-top.
In addition to touring extensively as a soloist and being a member of LAGQ, William Kanengiser happens to have taught many of the players who have come in to shoot videos for us over the years, so it was a real pleasure to finally have him come in to shoot some videos himself. He came in in part to play a guitar made by his friend, the Uruguayan luthier Ariel Ameijenda, who had just delivered this beautiful guitar in cedar and Uruguayan blackwood. Fittingly, his first video on the guitar is of a ‘Microestudio’ by Abel Carlevaro, the great Uruguayan guitarist and composer.
Dominic Flynn just finished his undergrad studies at USC and came in to shoot some Bach videos for us before heading off to GFA next week. We recorded him playing the Courante from Bach’s 1st violin partita on a great 2015 WoonSun Lee in maple and cedar, the Double from the same partita on a 2017 Yuichi Imai ‘Limited Model’ in CSA rosewood and cedar and the Gigue from the 2nd violin partita on a great new 2018 Stephen Hill guitar in ziricote and cedar.
Momcilo Moma Aleksandric and Filip Zivanovic of the Belgrade Guitar Duo stopped by the shop to play some guitars and we got some really fun videos while they were here. Here they are playing the Allegro Molto movement of Dusan Bogdanovic’s Sonata Fantasia on a pair of G. V. Rubio guitars, with Momcilo playing a 2017 Custom Elite in spruce and Filip playing a 2016 Monarca Elite model in cedar.