Guitarist Tom Farrell came in the other night to play a few guitars, and he played us some of his own compositions, too. Here he is playing his ‘Ninnannna’ on a 2010 Bernd Martin cedar-top. It’s a great piece and sounded lovely on this guitar. You can find out more about Tom at his website.
Here’s Tom playing Walton’s ‘Bagatelle’ on a 2010 Pablo Requena satinwood guitar. The guitar is new, and it was amazing to hear how much it opened up in the 20 minutes or so he played it. At first we all thought it sounded a little off, but after maybe ten minutes we all loved it, and it kept surprising us. A good reminder that when you’re trying out a brand new guitar even just a little bit of playing will bring out its true character. This can be true of older guitars that haven’t been played for while, too.
Here’s Tom playing Tarrega’s ‘Mazurka en Sol’ on a 2010 Teodoro Perez ‘Especial’ spruce-top. The Especial is the top model that Perez makes, and as a flamenco player I’m always drawn to the spruce tops. I’m consistently impressed by the Perez guitars – I’ve yet to hear a bad one, and for the money they seem like the outrageously good, loud, well balanced guitars.
And here’s Tom playing his piece ‘Gymnomariposa’ on a 2003 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez spruce-top. This guitar has a great old-world feel to it, and I thought it was a great choice for Tom’s piece.
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