Garrett Podgorski is a 16-year-old high school Sophomore who has been playing the classical guitar for one year under the tutelage of Kevin Enstrom. He emailed us about coming in to do a video and we thought it would be a great idea, so here’s Garrett playing Etude 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos on a beautiful new 2018 Carlos Juan Busquiel guitar in spruce and Indian rosewood. This is one of the first two instruments we have received from Busquiel and we are very excited about representing him in the US.

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8 Responses to “Garrett Podgorski at GSI”

  1. Paul Prachun says:

    “One year tutelage”???
    I hate him.
    Anyone interested in a couple of very decent guitars?

    Garrett: Phenominal! You’re my new idol; unfortunately, I started at the age of 70, so I have a lot of catching up to do. But don’t ‘fret’😏. In another 54 years or so, you’ll probably catch up to me and we can try some duets?

  2. Garrett, How fortunate you are to be studying under Kevin Enstrom! I’ve known Kevin for years; he’s a wonderful artist and a consummate gentleman. Best of luck to you both!

  3. jesse vernier says:

    Garrett……………..get a teacher. Its not about correctness. Parkening and Williams achieved so much using the legacies of Segovia. Its called evolution. Bream calls it expressive operability……….. It isn’t about what you may force out of the instrument. Its what you are offered in the grace of making music. You have what appears to be a high aptitude for certain aspects of the guitar. Your right hand position, especially with the scope of your hand size has no future……or better yet, has a known future. Chose a future. Study what the great players of the world are achieving……and what they are becoming. Show this to your teacher. Find guidance that will lead you to a higher plane of creativity…….and when you become a teacher…..do what I’m doing for here for you. Speak for the truth and beauty of this creation…

    • Tavi Jinariu says:

      Nice Job Garrett! Congrats on your hard work and the speed achieved in playin this etude. You are a talented young man. Now, The last thing I want to do is to be polemical or critical. I do agree with Jesse’s analysis though. If Garrett did not show the promise he is showing on the instrument, I would be more reluctant to comment, but since he has a lot of raw talent, it may be helpful to draw attention to the right hand posture. The pinky and outstretched ring fingers betray a great deal of tension. Rebuilding the right hand technique from scratch may be a good idea to insure a correct foundation for the future. With this kind of posture and tension, The future is one of damaged nerves, cramps, pain, focal dystonia and likely, an untimely shortened career. I come from the same school of thought and guitar tradition but at some point I had to break away from it and started questioning concepts handed down as tradition for the sake of my physical health and because I want to play the guitar for a long time. Many of the great guitarists who play with a curved wrist and footstools generally deal with pain and residual physical problems. There is no need for Garrett to end there. This is not to say that playing with a curved wrist is not a viable option, but the tension must be addressed and rid of to insure long-term physical well-being. My comments are not meant to end a conversation but rather to start a constructive one.

      • jesse vernier says:

        I feel like a relevant point has been made here….. but there is this truth … one that I would guessed had passed into the annals of history…… there is still egotism at play in those that would appear to be insecure in their own personal legacy in the guitar world……. is there a Southern California guitar war???? But the answer is, “how not” I guess…….. Garret’s teacher has a video on line…. he is a handsome guy…he is holding a great big war axe…a 665 Ramirez…. it sounds beautiful…. he is playing with power and sensitivity…… a great tradition… Segovia moved beyond Llobet and Pujols just because he could play the big halls…. he gave us the most incredible treasures from his influences on the great composers of the day…. but we arrive at the present…… it is only now that the Segovia repertoire is finally being utilized …. and that has everything to do with the evolution of the playing techniques that allow players the artistic well being to toss out a Ponce sonata …. and a Rossiniana by Giuliani…… and then begin developing a meaningful program experience for their audience with the show ponies of their own repertoire……. as much for your own future Garrett….ask your teacher what he is prepared to play? If you are going to follow that tradition, at least hold the guitar like he does…thanks to Pepe I’d guess….. David Russel glues a piece of ping pong ball under his A finger..like a big fan..with 180 degrees of playable surface…just to free up his thumb and index finger for coloration without undermining that A finger….Jason Vieaux does that with the thumb nail…. for the same reasons…….but better yet, watch Marcin Dylla play…..one of hundreds now….. Chris Parkening is one of the great players of the 20th century… lets let that time pass…as did Segovia’s…. we are just getting started…get on board..J

  4. Sam says:

    Bravissimo Garrett. You’re quite a dedicated student and must have an exceptional teacher to play like this in one year. Don’t stop now or ever. You have a great future ahead with the guitar and I wish you all the best in your efforts.

  5. ALV says:

    A small investigation in youtube reveals that Garrett is actually a former electric shredder prodigy 😉 This explains the versatility in his hands and exposition of the material. Good work and a good move into the world of classical guitar!

    • Ivan says:

      That is an interesting point – and important one, I say – that ALV brought to attention. And indeed, one can readily find YouTube videos of Garrett playing a six-string electric guitar, as well as a bass guitar at the age of 14. And I think that it is a safe bet to say that he did not start at the age of 14. Hence Garrett’s introduction in the blog should more accurately read: “…has been playing CLASSICAL guitar for a year (though he had practiced playing electric guitar and bass guitar for…). It would be a truer, more honest description, and at the same time it would detract nothing from his achievements in the realm of classical guitar in a single year.
      Indeed, if I were Garrett and saw my introductory description in this blog, I would make sure to ask GSI to add in the missing information. It would be a gesture that befits a person of integrity.
      I would also like to think that GSI team is careful to the utmost to provide accurate information about the guitars and people featured in their blog. Our trust, and I believe GSI’s reputation, depends on it.
      I don’t know how other people feel about it, but to me this is important.


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