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Aug
28

Our latest YouTube playlist features guitar demo videos by Ines Thomé, who is currently working on her Doctorate at USC. Here she is giving lessons as part of EliteGuitarist.com and performing with April Amante.

Barrios ‘La catedral (Andante religioso)’                     Barrios ‘La catedral (Allegro Solemne)’
Barrios ‘Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios’                                                          Sor ‘Study Op. 35’
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Aug
28

German-born guitarist Ines Thomé is a multifaceted musician who performs internationally as a solo and chamber musician. Ines maintains numerous chamber projects and is currently playing with violinist YuEun Kim as a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions. She is the electric guitarist and arranger of the recently founded Sunset Club Trio, which explores new sound dimensions for violin, flamenco guitar and electric guitar. Ines’ duo “Gifts from over Sea”, with soprano Katina Mitchell, won the Ensemble Outreach competition at USC and played more than 30 concerts over the past months, including a tour to Italy and Germany in summer 2015. She was invited to join the Colburn Orchestra, conducted by John Adams, and Matthias Pintscher and the USC Symphony Orchestra in Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducted by Carl St. Clair. When not playing guitar, Ines enjoys performing continuo on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar and recently joined the USC opera in Handel’s Alcina.

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Apr
09

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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.

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Oct
08

We’ve got another great tutorial from the EliteGuitarist.com crew – this time it’s Ines Thome with Carcassi’s study No. 6, with Ines playing a great 2018 G V Rubio Custom Elite in spruce and Indian rosewood.

Carcassi’s study Opus 60 No. 7 is a standard in the classical guitar repertoire. Far from being a mere exercise in dexterity, this piece offers ample opportunities for phrasing development, chord formation, tremolo practice, as well as dynamic and tonal variations. Dr. Ines Thome insightfully deals with each of these performance aspects and enlarges the EliteGuitarist library of resources with another great tutorial. Check out this tutorial and the numerous other repertoire tutorials at www.EliteGuitarist.com

Watch the Full Tutorial and Learn to Play This Piece

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Aug
05

Check out the latest tutorial from our friends at eliteguitarist.com – Dr. Ines Thome walking us through Fernando Sor’s study Op. 35 No. 13 (or #2 in the Segovia numberings) that focuses on separating the melody from other voices in the piece. A great etude for improving right-hand accuracy and learning to bring out a melody. Ines plays a fantastic 2016 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. Click here to buy the lesson.

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May
30

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!

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Apr
17

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.
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Mar
14

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.

Feb
13

Here’s the latest tutorial from our friends at EliteGuitarist.comInes 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.

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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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