Scott Tennant is a big fan of French luthier Daniel Friederich. Friederich’s guitars are increasingly rare – his waiting list has been closed for some time, but GSI, as his exclusive dealer, gets one guitar a year from him. So we sort of have this thing where when a Friederich comes in we let Scott know, and if he’s in town he’ll usually stop by to check it out. So when David Collett came back from Paris with a new 2012 Friederich we told Scott and he stopped by to check it out and let us shoot a video of him. Here he is playing Couperin’s ‘Les Barricades Mystérieuses’. You can also check out the last time Scott stopped in to play a Friederich here.

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12 Responses to “Scott Tennant – Daniel Friederich”

  1. LAWRENCE says:

    Nice playing by Scott Tennant and the Freiderich sounds fantastic ,this couperin almost sounds folky on guitar.

  2. LAWRENCE says:

    The high notes on the first string ,or rather the tops notes ,need to be held or sustained. Tennant cuts them short which ruins the line of theis music the holding of notes over other notes.

  3. Ricardo says:


    Please post a video of yourself playing this piece so that we may learn the correct method of playing it.

  4. Carl Eastman says:

    Excuse me but you think that the guy who wrote “Pumping Nylon” and has won a Grammy and been the darling of the classical guitar world for decades starting even with Segovia, etc. doesn’t know how to play this piece? One of the unfortunate realities in playing transcriptions is that it’s impossible to play exactly as written (in this case originally for the harpsichord). This is why it can be controversial as to whether or not it’s the right thing to do to play pieces written for other instruments – some of the technical possibilities available on the original instrument are lost when it’s moved to a different instrument. Hard to believe something this obvious to any guitarist needs pointing out. Scott plays it beautifully, and getting to hear it done on a Friederich makes it even more amazing since Scott claims Friederich as the greatest maker of this century: http://scottscoffeecorner.blogspot.com/

  5. Jean-François says:

    Always nice to hear from you Lawrence! Full of energy as always!

  6. Tom says:

    It may be the recording or the instrument, but I would never have guessed that this was the guitar for Scott Tennant. It has a remarkable clarity but sounds metallic to me. My ears would very quickly get tired of that sound but each to his own.

  7. LAWRENCE says:

    Tom ,you are bang on . Although a good guitar it does sound metallic ,I noticed this immediately but could not quite put my finger on it ,it may be the type of strings or it might just be the guitar and I agree, I could not listen to that for too long as I prefer a more mellow tone. I do not wish to be too mean but I have heard better sounding Ramirez and others which cost a fraction of the price of a Freiderich .

  8. LAWRENCE says:

    Freiderich is very overrated ,his guitars can not compare to many others ,there are better sounding Bernabes ,Teodoro Perez ,Lozanos , Marins ,Plazuelos and many more. This does not mean to say that Freiderich guitars are not very good ,just overrated .

  9. John says:

    One additional point to consider on the tone of this remarkable guitar. I have noticed, with more frequency, that players are positioning their right hands closer and closer to the bridge. I think most traditional methods teach that the hand should be just over the rear of the sound hole. There is good reason for this. Any guitar, no matter how well played, will sound more metallic or nasal the further back from the sound hole the right hand is. The more responsive the guitar, the more noticiable the effect (I have a John Price that will sound ponte if i move my right hand just 1/2″ closer to the bridge). We sometimes do this for effect (ponte). It’s often used to color the tone on baroque pieces. I’m not sure if Scott is intending this effect, but he is playing closer to the bridge. This might explain some of the edgy part of his tone. It very well may not be the guitar. I don’t prefer this sound but a lot of players are positioning their right hands like this. I suspect it comes from using low tension strings to benefit the left hand, but requires playing closer to the bridge for the “right” feel in the right hand. Just an observation.

    • Tom says:

      It seems to me that the camera angle is deceptive and Scott Tennant’s hand is in the normal default position and not closer to the bridge. I think that it is preferable to strive for clarity of tone in the right hand before looking for it in a guitar. While a guitarist may have a full tone, that does not necessarily mean it is clear.There is a very fine balance between clarity and fullness of tone.
      My guess is that this guitar is strung with high tension strings.

  10. Man! So many of the posters are so – picky [I am being polite].

    To my admittedly aging ears this Guitar [and Scott] sound brilliant. This is a LIVE recording by a LIVING player in a REAL setting.

    35 years ago there would have been NO live recordings that could touch this. The Guitar, its Players and Recording Technology have come a long way in one short generation. Daniel Friederich, Scott Tennant and GSI have done so much to help make this journey. Come on – Give the Love!

    Thank you Scott, Mr. Friederich and GSI for posting and making this video available to the Guitar World!

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