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Feb
23

Here’s part 6 of the Grisha interview, where they pick back up on the topic of classical vs. flamenco. I’ll post the final video later this week as we wrap up flamenco February.

Feb
16

Here’s part 5 of David Collett’s interview with Grisha. They start out talking about balancing classical and flamenco, but quickly get onto the topic of Grisha’s own compositions.

Feb
03

Here’s part four of David Collett’s interview with Grisha. In this part Grisha gets into how he actually developed his technique. Might not actually help you play any faster/cleaner, but it’s still interesting.

Jan
30

Here’s Grisha playing a 1997 Gerundino negra – one of the best Gerundinos I’ve played. The piece is Rafael Riqueñi’s Garrotin, from the album ‘Mi Tiempo’. If you don’t know Riqueñi he’s definitely worth checking out – it’s hard to describe what it is about him that’s different, but I consider him one of the best composers in flamenco. This is one of his most classically inspired pieces, and while I wouldn’t describe him as overly influenced by classical, there is an element of that in a lot of his work, which is in no way to say that he’s not a thoroughly flamenco guitarist/composer. There’s an elegance about his pieces. Just check him out if you haven’t already.

Jan
27

Here’s part three of our interview with Grisha. He talks about how he got started as a kid in Russia listening to Sabicas records, and about how transcribing pieces feels like composing.

Jan
13

Here’s part two of David Collett’s interview with flamenco guitarist Grisha. Here they discuss the gap between the modernists and the traditionalists and the importance of tradition in flamenco.

Jan
07

David Collett sat down with flamenco guitarist Grisha and talked about why he plays flamenco, why he’s devoted himself to playing solo pieces by the masters, and, this being Grisha, they had to discuss technique.

Dec
30

Flamenco phenomenon Grisha was in playing some guitars this week and we recorded some amazing videos and an interview. I’ll be posting those soon, and in the meantime here he is playing this week’s ‘Deal of the Week’ – a koa Hermanos Conde ‘Felipe V’ model, the top of the line from the Felipe V shop.

Dec
29

It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year:

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Jun
12

Andy-Torres

As we celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Antonio de Torres, who both established the modern guitar as we know it and set a standard of sound quality that contemporary luthiers are still striving to match, it’s fun to look back at all of the videos we have shot on these historic guitars. From the first video we shot of Grisha Goryachev playing an 1890 Torres (the spruce and cypress SE 144 in a video shot completely with a Flip camera) to Andrew York playing Yamour on La Italica from 1888 (our most-watched video ever with over half a million views) to our most recent Torres video of Tavi Jinariu playing another 1888 Torres from the Russell Cleveland collection, we’ve had so much fun learning what these instruments are capable of as much as 150 years after their construction. So check out the Torres playlist on YouTube to hear these amazing instruments with everything from Tarrega to contemporary and Brazilian music. You can click here to go to the playlist or just watch the video below and you’ll be taken to more Torres videos at the end.

Also, check out our Torres Replica playlist to hear guitars built by great contemporary luthiers striving to achieve that ‘Torres sound’.

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