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Ines Thomé and April Amante are two award-winning young musicians who live in Southern California -Ines studies at USC with Bill Kanengiser and is also lead guitarist in the all-female metal band Arven. April studied at CSU Northridge and the University of Arizona and has been performing in operas around California. They’ve teamed up to perform Ian Krouse’s ‘Villancicos, Book 1’ for guitar and soprano and were kind enough to shoot a fantastic video for us. Ines plays a 2004 Fritz Ober cedar.
We wanted to congratulate the winners of the 1st annual Los Angeles Guitar Festival, and also to congratulate our friend Tavi Jinariu for organizing a really wonderful event and pulling it off with style! We have no doubt that there will be a 2nd Annual Los Angeles Guitar Festival next year and that it will be even bigger and better!
This year’s festival featured workshops by Taso Comanescu, Ines Thome, Chris Garwood and myself, as well as concerts by Ines Thome, Taso Comanescu and Scott Tennant. There were competitions for young guitarists in two divisions – junior and senior – and the competition was judged by Taso, Ines, Tavi, myself and GSI president David Collett. Tavi also condicted a guitar orchestra featuring all participants in the festival.
The winner of the competition in the senior division was Alex Kim, with 2nd place going to Harrison Nguyen and 3rd place to Evelyn Nguyen. In the junior division Dylan Cheah took the top prize with 2nd place going to Luke Kim and 3rd place going to Ela Simcic. It was wonderful to hear these young musicians perform and we were quite impressed by the level of musicianship displayed. The winners walked away with new GSI Studio Series guitars and Cordoba guitars, provided by GSI and Cordoba. We definitely look forward to doing this again next year!
We’re very excited to be a part of the first Los Angeles Guitar Festival, presented by our friends at EliteGuitarist.com. The festival takes place May 19, 2018, at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA, and features concerts, workshops and competitions for students in the 7-12 age range and in the 13-17 age range.
Scott Tennant, Ines Thome and Taso Comanescu will perform and give workshops, and Chris Garwood and Kai Narezo will present workshops. Registration for the competition is open now through May 1, and you can register here.
We are excited to let you know about the 1st Los Angeles Guitar Festival taking place in Santa Clarita on May 19, 2018. This will be a 1-day musical event packed with classical guitar workshops, concerts, ensemble music, and a competitions for two age divisions (7-13 & 14-17). Stay tuned for more information coming up in the coming week as the online registration goes live. Registration cost for the day is $50 and it includes all concerts, workshops and food.
The lineup for concerts are as follows:
Scott Tennant, Taso Comanescu and Ines Thome.
Our workshops will be presented by:
Kai Narezo, Chris Garwood, Taso Comanescu, Ines Thome.
Here’s the latest tutorial from our friends at EliteGuitarist.com – Ines Thome’s lesson on Barrios’ beautiful tremolo piece Una Limosna Por el Amor de Dios. Ines plays a lovely 2015 Woon Sun Lee classical in cedar and maple. You can watch the full tutorial here, or click over to EliteGuitarist.com for this and more great tutorials on a great variety of classical guitar masterpieces.
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:
We are pleased to bring you another tutorial from our friends at EliteGuitarist.com. Today’s tutorial is for the Allegro Solemne from Barrios’ La Catedral. This last movement of ‘La Catedral’ is one of the most recognizable pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. The Allegro Solemne is a toccata-style fast movement that demands the highest amount of focus, agility and technical prowess. In this tutorial Ines Thome seeks to take away the intimidation factor that guitarists may experience before tackling this piece. She breaks down the entire piece bar by bar and provides detailed instruction on right hand arpeggio techniques, left hand fingerings, and the overall musical direction of the various sections in the piece. Whether you are an advanced player or a an aspiring advanced player, there is something for everyone in this tutorial. The guitar used is a 2005 Fritz Ober: a clear, resonant and powerful instrument, worthy to convey Barrios’ masterpiece composition. Check out the rest of this tutorial and many other classical guitar repertoire tutorials provided by EliteGuitarist.
There seems to be no shortage of options when it comes to online classical guitar lessons, but when we heard about Tavi Jinariu’s new project we became very excited. Over the past several years GSI and Tavi Jinariu have collaborated on a number of projects. Most visibly Tavi has done numerous performance videos on our guitars, which have been among our most popular. We are therefore very pleased to recommend to you the classical guitar lessons and repertoire tutorials site EliteGuitarist provided by Tavi Jinariu and other great instructors.
EliteGuitarist’s approach is aimed to help get busy people playing great pieces of music quickly and easily. The repertoire tutorials bypass hours of drills and exercises and instead gets students playing actual classical guitar pieces quickly. Each of these lessons is taught note-for-note. You can learn how to play studies by Fernando Sor, Tarrega’s ‘Capricho Arabe,’ Myers’ ‘Cavatina,’ and many other classics from the standard repertoire. Additionally, the instructors at EliteGuitarist generously share performance pointers, phrasing options, tonal variation suggestions and other practical aspects of guitar playing. The repertoire tutorial library is quickly expanding and, for the price of roughly 3 or 4 in-person lessons, students can get full access to the entire library for the year. Elite Guitarist also offers separate technique packages in addition to the repertoire tutorials.
EliteGuitarist’s direct approach to teaching the repertoire in this way has already helped many people get playing who were previously admiring the classical guitar repertoire from the sidelines. Tavi’s vision to enlarge the number of enthusiasts playing the classical guitar in the community is aligned with our mission here at GSI. GSI has agreed to support EliteGuitarist by providing concert-level instruments to be used for the performances and repertoire tutorials.
Here is the first lesson highlighting this collaboration. The piece is the second movement from Agustin Barrios Mangore’s famous ‘La Catedral’. The Andante Religioso is somber and reverent in character resembling a religious procession. It is generally believed that Barrios’ ‘La Catedral’ is a tribute to J.S. Bach. Classical guitarist Ines Thome, effectively teaches the mechanics of this piece and provides useful performance insights that will help you understand the inner workings of the piece and increase your interpretive vocabulary for the Andante Religioso.
Drop us a comment and let us know how these lessons are helping you in your guitar pursuits.
2014 was an amazing year in guitar videos for us here at GSI. Of course we can only shoot these great videos with the participation of the fantastic players who give us their time, their talent and a bit of their patience to show off the guitars and share some amazing music with us. So we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the players who shot videos with us this year.
We’d also like to thank the folks at AEA, Telefunken Electroakustik, and Ehrlund for providing some great and really interesting microphones for the video shoots. (We’ll be posting some videos with the Ehrlund mics in the next few weeks).
So here, in more or less order of appearance, are the great players who have lent us their talents in 2014 – and we look forward to even more in 2015!