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It is with our deepest sorrow to inform you that Howard Heitmeyer passed away last Sunday at the age of 97. He was a local legend among the guitar community in Southern California, especially known amongst guitarists for his arrangements and his regular performances at the Republic of Pie with the Leslie and Mark duo!Continue Reading
We have another video from Ken Meyer and Steve Thachuk – the Meyer Thachuk Duo – this time playing Llobet’s arrangement of Enrique Granados’ Spanish Dance No. 6. Ken is playing a 2016 Sakurai-Kohno ‘Professional-J’ spruce and Steve is playing a 2012 Yuichi Imai ‘Limited’ cedar that we just flipped the strings on (it’s not specifically a lefty guitar).
The Meyer-Thachuk Duo is Ken Meyer and Steve Thachuk, and they came in to play some Rodrigo for us, and here is the first movement – Allegro ma non troppo – of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Tonadilla. Ken plays a new 2016 Sakurai-Kohno ‘Professional-J’ and Steve plays a 2012 Yuichi Imai ‘Limited’. We’ll publish the second movement on Friday and the third movement next week, so check back.
2016 was a pretty epic year for videos at GSI. Of course we constantly try to improve the quality of our videos, but when the Russell Cleveland collection arrived in late 2015 we knew we had to step it up and document these historic instruments before they found new owners all around the world. To that end we brought on digital media producer Tara Stewart, who was just back from a sabbatical in Spain after producing all of Fender’s videos in Los Angeles for three years before that. We upgraded our gear so that we now shoot with three Canon 5D Mark iii cameras, and Apogee Digital lent us one of their amazing Ensemble thunderbolt interfaces. With Tara on video duties I was able to spend more time on audio and hopefully improve what I already thought was pretty good audio quality. And with two of us on the team now, we were able to double our output of videos.
Our good friend Dr. Scott Morris has organized an amazing two weeks of guitar classes at this years’s CSU Summer Arts guitar program and it’s a pretty rare opportunity for guitarist of all ages and skill levels to study with some truly amazing guitarists (and me…). Eliot Fisk, Roland Dyens, Scott Tennant, Andrew York, Benjamin Verdery, Jack Sanders, Ron Borczon, Steven Thachuk, Kenneth Meyer, Scott Morris and myself will be teaching masterclasses on technique, interpretation and performance over a two-week intensive period on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay.
Classes are June 29 to July 12, 2015, and the application deadline is May 1st. Click here for an application and click here for more information on teachers and classes.
A multi-faceted guitarist, Dr. Dennis Davis outstandingly directs the Guitar Department at Eastern Kentucky University. His performances for NPR, Miss Kentucky Pageant, as well as clinics with top concert artists like Tennant, Kanengiser, Russell and Barrueco have served to showcase his musical talents; however, establishing core curriculum for his EKU Program, which has been adapted by other universities, as well as coordinating music technology studies are just a few extra facets of Davis’ career that are little known. Continue on to read more about Dennis Davis – the guitarist and educator.