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Here’s another great piece from the duo of Aaron Larget-Caplan and Peter Janson – their arrangement of the Adagio from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for two guitars. Aaron plays a 2017 Felipe Conde Crespo classical in spruce and African rosewood and Peter plays a 2001 Manuel Diaz flamenco in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Here’s Peter Janson playing one of his own compositions entitled Coddiwomple on a great 1967 Manuel Reyes flamenco blanca – another great example of a good guitar being capable of playing many styles (and flamencos are generally nicely set up for jazz).

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Here’s Peter Janson, who’s been on tour with our friend Aaron Larget-Caplan (we’ll have videos of him soon, as well as a duo of Janson and Larget-Caplan) playing Ralph Towner’s Green and Golden on a great 2009 Erez Perelman spruce and Indian rosewood guitar. You can learn more about Aaron and Peter at their World of Guitar website.

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We have more of Jan Depreter playing that 1987 spruce Miguel Rodriguez that he couldn’t put down. Here he is playing Paulo Bellinati’s Jongo, a piece that Jan currently uses to open his concerts.

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Here’s Jan Depreter playing one of his own compositions entitled The Isle of Skye on a stunning 1987 Miguel Rodriguez in spruce and Honduran rosewood. This guitar is a bit rare for a Rodriguez in that it is a 650 scale (most Rodriguez guitars are 664), but it doesn’t lose any power or beauty as a result.

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Belgian guitarist Jan Depreter was in town performing and judging at GFA this year and he came by to record some videos for us. Here he is playing Armand Coeck’s “Lamento” on a beautiful 2016 Bertrand Ligier classical in spruce and Indian rosewood.

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Guitarist Ivan Alejandro Maceda stopped by the shop and played ‘La Catedral’ on a few guitars, so I did a little edit to compare the guitars he was playing – in this case a Daryl Perry Maple and Spruce and two Contreras ‘Double Tops,’ one cedar and one spruce.

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For the sixth consecutive time, Yamaha is sponsoring the Six String Theory Competition, hosted by Grammy®-winning guitarist and producer, Lee Ritenour.The biennial competition accepts performer applications for guitar, bass, piano/keyboards and drums, and offers winners performance opportunities and scholarships, as well as prizes from sponsors.

Registration is open January 15, 2018 via the contest website,, and entries are made by submitting two YouTube videos for consideration. Registration closes May 31, 2018 and winners are announced the first week of June 2018.

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Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

The New York City Classical Guitar Society presents in concert The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, celebrating four decades of recording and performing, with their “greatest hits” concert on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

The concert will feature selections from the duo’s critically-acclaimed CDs for MusicMasters/BMG, Musical Heritage Society, Sheffield Lab Audiophile, MSR Classics/Albany Records:

BOGDANOVIC No Feathers on this Frog
NICOLAI (arr. BACH) Wachet auf!
BACH Sleepers, Awake!; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
MILANO Fantasia Sexta; Fantasia Quarta
RODRIGO Tonadilla
ROSSINI (arr. VARLET) Overture to The Barber of Seville
LIEBERMANN Nocturne-Fantasy, Op. 69
ALBÉNIZ Selections from Suite española: Granada, Cuba, Cataluña, Sevilla


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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