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Jack Sanders just finished building a new baroque guitar for himself to take on tour, so we thought it would be fun to have him play it for us and explain a bit about how the baroque guitar works. This particular instrument is built after a Stradivarius guitar, though some of the woods are different, and Jack plays Españoletas and Folias by Gaspar Sanz, then tells us a bit about tuning, the techniques used and even strings. We should note that this instrument is not for sale as Jack is breaking it in on the road as we write this.
Here’s Jack Sanders playing the Tarrega classics Adelita and Lagrima on another guitar from the Russell Cleveland collection – a 1997 Gary Southwell bench copy of Julian Bream’s 1940 Hauser I. Southwell has been working with Bream since 1995 building Hauser copies and has studied the famous 1940 Hauser in great detail.
Jack Sanders gives us the final installment of a lesson on scales as the foundation of your overall technique. In Part 3 Jack gives us some exercises for putting the right and left hands together and for controlling dynamics and articulation. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already.
Here’s Part 2 (of three) of Jack Sanders‘ lesson on using scales as the foundation of a comprehensive technique. In Part 2 Jack wraps up his discussion of the left hand and gets into right-hand technique, evenness of tone and some great exercises for relaxing the right hand. Jack is playing a 2013 Richard Reynoso cedar-top.
Here’s a lesson from Jack Sanders, who in addition to performing and building guitars teaches some of the best young players in the country (including Sedona Farber and Jennifer Kim, whose videos will appear here soon). In his first lessons for GSI Jack looks at scales as the foundation for a comprehensive left and right hand technique. Part 1 covers posture and the left hand. Jack is playing a 2013 Richard Reynoso cedar-top.
Honored in 2013 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Guitar Society, Jack Sanders’ performances have included The Sitka, Kapalua, and Arrowhead Bach Festivals. He has performed with the St. Petersburg, Colorado, and Angeles String Quartets. Recent performances include Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Claremont Symphony, and premiere performances of the Concerto for Resonator Guitar and Orchestra by Gabriel Bolaños with the Mill Valley Philharmonic. As a touring artist for the Piatigorsky Foundation since 2005, Sanders performs throughout the United States.