Our good friend Yury Nugmanov was here all week shooting a documentary about the guitar for Russian TV. The two main things they had to shoot for the film were his visit with Pepe Romero down in San Diego, and his visit to GSI, where he got his beloved Miguel Rodriguez a few years back.

Probably the reason Yury is so good is that he literally can’t put down the guitar. More than pretty much any guitarist I know, he just never stops playing, so we knew he’d be good for some videos as he played a bunch of our guitars. There are more to come, but here are the first three:

This is a 1992 Miguel Rodriguez that was made for Angel Romero.

This one’s a 1990 Hauser III that was made with a top that was put together by his grandfather, Hauser I, in 1946.

And this one’s a brand new 2011 Teodoro Perez ‘Maestro’ spruce.

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10 Responses to “Yury Nugmanov at GSI”

  1. Lawrence Tendler says:

    The Perez is possibly the most balanced of the three guitars played here ,but they all sound very good.

  2. Lawrence Tendler says:

    The Rodriguez has a great bass and is powerful and very spanish sounding.

  3. Kcsito says:

    This guy bends both of his wrists in a very painful way. A technique that should not be imitated, it may work for him, but it wouldn’t surprise me that he eventually winds up with an injury.

    • Steven Johnson says:

      not true, look at the best players in the world, like john williams and all the great flamenco players, this technique is better and more natural. hold your arm up limp in the air, the hand naturally forms a slight arch to the right – that is how the hand should be positioned on the guitar. only thing this guys has wrong, is the right arm should be slightly lower, the elbow joint should be on the top bout of the guitar. the right hand positioned like this allows the best angle of attack for the fingers on the strings. most classical guitarists play too delicate, and often the wrong side of the nails, they cant dig in on the strings and have full control, and play without feeling, they are too restrainted by their acamedic/theoretical approach to playing and then require thin lattice braced guitars to project, because they do not play properly. there is nothing wrong with this guys technique.

    • Abby says:

      Kcsitso i have to agree with you. My wrist would absolutly give out playing like.

      GSI – Love hearing the guitars keep it coming and thanks to all who play them for us.

  4. Lawrence Tendler says:

    Were Yury to have played the same piece ,rather than different pieces ,it would be easier to compare their relative merits .

  5. Alvar says:

    There is a big difference between Hauser I and Hauser III

  6. Very good suggestions, personally I’m gonna have to bookmark this and come back to it. Do you might have any feedback on your most recent post though?


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