Posts from ‘Guitar Demonstrations’

Nov
25

Here are the Park Brothers – Alex and Wesley – playing Emilio Pujol’s transcription of Enrique Granados’ Goyescas on a pair of new La Cañada guitars, both based on the Torres FE 17 ex Tarrega, but one in an antiqued look (the model 17A) played by Wesley, and the other in a clean French polish (the model 17) played by Alex.

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Nov
19

Here’s a very rare treat – Scott Tennant and Marcelo Kayath playing ‘Divertimento’, the only guitar duo written by Andrés Segovia. The piece has not been widely performed, although the Abreu brothers recorded it in 1968 for their album “The Guitars of Sergio and Eduardo Abreu” from 1968 and one can find a few videos on YouTube these days.

GSI recently provided Segovia’s 1969 Jose Ramirez guitar, which the maestro played from1969 until 1980, to Scott Tennant for his Guitar CoOp recording of Segovia’s compositions. Kayath is the founder of Guitar CoOp in addition to having been one of the great guitarists of his generation (along with Tennant et al). So it just made sense to have the two of them take advantage of the circumstances and record Segovia’s only guitar duet together. Tennant plays the 1969 Ramirez and Kayath plays a gorgeous 1966 David Rubio.

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Nov
17

Oklahoma-based guitarist Larry Hammet was in Los Angeles on tour recently and he stopped by with his duo partner, Iakovos Kolanian, to record some videos with us. Here he is playing two pieces from his Fantasias Felinas – La Gatita and El Gato – on a great new 2017 Andy Culpepper guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Nov
14

Here’s more of guitarist Carlo Santi, this time playing Musette from L’Infidele (Suite XXV) by Sylvius Leopold Weiss. Carlos plays a stunning 1971 Ignacio Fleta from the maker’s great cedar period.

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Nov
09

Polish guitarist Maciej Staszewski was in town recently playing some concerts and he stopped by to shoot some videos with us. Here he is playing a lovely composition of his entitled ‘Alcazar’ on a beautiful 2017 David Rouse in cedar and CSA rosewood.

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Nov
01

Our friend Adam Levin was in town on tour the other day and stopped by to play some guitars. We recorded him playing the Villa-Lobos Mazurka-Choro on an amazing 1900’s Manuel Ramirez in spruce and cypress, and the Barrios Danza Paraguaya as well as La Primavera, from Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Platero y Yo, on a gorgeous 2012 Jeffrey Elliott guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. Be sure to check out Adam’s Kithara Project, which brings guitar instruction to truly underserved communities in the US and Mexico. They do really great work!

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Oct
31

Here’s Flynn Hase Spence playing Joaquin Rodrigo’s Sonata Giocosa on a great 2012 John Ray ‘1892 Torres’, based on an original Torres, SE 153 from 1892, the last year of Torres’ life, which John has personally inspected, photographed and measured.

Flynn is a Los Angeles based film composer, and he studied guitar at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin and David Russell. He also works as a session guitarist and composer.

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Oct
24

Here’s Wesley Park playing Sylvius Leopold Weiss’ Passacaglia on a gorgeous 1953 Manuel de la Chica classical that belonged Maestro Pepe Romero. The Romeros have been champions of de la Chica’s guitars for decades, and they believe, as we do, that he was one of the greatest luthiers of the 20th century.
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Oct
17

There seems to be no shortage of options when it comes to online classical guitar lessons, but when we heard about Tavi Jinariu’s new project we became very excited. Over the past several years GSI and Tavi Jinariu have collaborated on a number of projects. Most visibly Tavi has done numerous performance videos on our guitars, which have been among our most popular. We are therefore very pleased to recommend to you the classical guitar lessons and repertoire tutorials site EliteGuitarist provided by Tavi Jinariu and other great instructors.

EliteGuitarist’s approach is aimed to help get busy people playing great pieces of music quickly and easily. The repertoire tutorials bypass hours of drills and exercises and instead gets students playing actual classical guitar pieces quickly. Each of these lessons is taught note-for-note. You can learn how to play studies by Fernando Sor, Tarrega’s ‘Capricho Arabe,’ Myers’ ‘Cavatina,’ and many other classics from the standard repertoire. Additionally, the instructors at EliteGuitarist generously share performance pointers, phrasing options, tonal variation suggestions and other practical aspects of guitar playing. The repertoire tutorial library is quickly expanding and, for the price of roughly 3 or 4 in-person lessons, students can get full access to the entire library for the year. Elite Guitarist also offers separate technique packages in addition to the repertoire tutorials.

EliteGuitarist’s direct approach to teaching the repertoire in this way has already helped many people get playing who were previously admiring the classical guitar repertoire from the sidelines. Tavi’s vision to enlarge the number of enthusiasts playing the classical guitar in the community is aligned with our mission here at GSI. GSI has agreed to support EliteGuitarist by providing concert-level instruments to be used for the performances and repertoire tutorials.

Here is the first lesson highlighting this collaboration. The piece is the second movement from Agustin Barrios Mangore’s famous ‘La Catedral’. The Andante Religioso is somber and reverent in character resembling a religious procession. It is generally believed that Barrios’ ‘La Catedral’ is a tribute to J.S. Bach. Classical guitarist Ines Thome, effectively teaches the mechanics of this piece and provides useful performance insights that will help you understand the inner workings of the piece and increase your interpretive vocabulary for the Andante Religioso.

Check out the 2017 Jochen Rothel cedar/satinwood guitar used in this performance demonstration and sample lesson. You can access the full tutorial on the EliteGuitarist website.

Drop us a comment and let us know how these lessons are helping you in your guitar pursuits.
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Oct
16

We have more of the Park Brothers, Alex and Wesley, this time playing Drewries Accordes as transcribed by Patrick Russ and Christopher Parkening, with Wesley playing a fantastic 1953 Manuel de la Chica in mahogany and spruce that belonged to Pepe Romero, and Alex playing a great 2009 Jose Ramirez 2a in spruce and Indian rosewood.

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