Posts from ‘Product Spotlight’
At last! The revised and expanded edition of of Pepe Romero’s Guitar Style and Technique (1982), which has been out-of-print for several decades. New features include sections on Tremolo, Flamenco, Concert Performance, additional finger gymnastics, and a Romero photo album. It contains all the music in the earlier version and several new pieces, all newly engraved (including “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” with Pepe’s fingering). It is 9×12, wire-spiral bound, 144 pages, and the list price will be $29.95. Available starting this summer at the GSI Store.
Scott Morris’ book Classical Guitar Complete: From Basics to Bach, Vol. 1 has been so well received that we’ve gotten many requests for Vol. 2. Well, Volume 2 is just about complete, and we have a gift for anyone who would like to pre-order their copy now. The book will be out on June 25, and between now and then if you pre-order Volume 2 you’ll get a free copy of Scott’s CD ‘Danza’, which features works by Paganini, Villa-Lobos and Jorge Morel.
Volume 2 deals with some more advanced concepts, beginning with reading and playing beyond first position and all over the fretboard, musicality, ornamentation, alternate tunings and advanced techniques.
Here’s an excerpt from the book and a couple of MP3 excerpts from his CD ‘Danza’: Jorge Morel’s ‘Peruvian Folk Song’ and Paganini’s ‘Grand Sonata in A’.
Jeff Elliott is one of those guys who’s so in demand that he had to close his waiting list, and his guitars are pretty much impossible to buy. The craftsmanship is some of the best I’ve ever seen. They’re played by folks like Julian Bream, Ralph Towner, Leo Kottke, Jonathan Leathwood, Dick Weissman, Earl Klugh, and Burl Ives. So we were pretty excited when David when up to Portland, OR, to pick up a guitar from him and spend some time with Jeff and his partner, Cyndy Burton.
Danish luthier Kenneth Brogger has been inspired to make a Stardivari-inspired guitar. David Collett spoke to Kenneth quite a bit about this, and here’s what David has to say:
For the last several years, Kenneth Brogger has traveled to a musical instrument fair in Cremona (the city most often associated with the famous violin maker Antonio Stradivari) in North Italy. Although the exhibits every year are always spectacular, the most recent one in 2011 (called “Antonio Stradivari – the Sublime Aesthetics”) was particularly extraordinary, and has captured Kenneth’s attention in a very interesting way. (Click on the image for more and for some beautiful photos).
We got another nice review of Valseana, the CD we recorded with Marc Teicholz on 18 historic guitars, this time in Acoustic Guitar magazine. Check it out here: Acoustic Guitar: Waltzing Through History.
Our friend Scott Morris, who heads up the guitar department at Cal State Dominguez Hills, has just published a new book called ‘Classical Guitar Complete – From Basics To Bach’, which is a result of his years of teaching and is basically the book he always wished he had when teaching. Scott came in and shot some videos illustrating the main points of some of the book’s lessons, and we’ll be doing a bunch more in coming weeks.
It’s not often you get to compare a contemporary guitar to the 121-year-old original which inspired it, but that’s one of the fun things about hanging out at GSI. When guitarist Fabricio Mattos stopped by during his 10-hour layover at LAX we happened to have a Kenneth Brogger ‘1890 Torres’ model and the actual 1890 Torres, so how could we resist having a great player like Fabricio play the same piece on both guitars? Here they are – you be the judges: