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Scott Morris came in and recorded a series of videos on warmup and technique – companions to his method ‘Classical Guitar Complete – From Basics to Bach’ volumes 1 and 2. In the first installment Scott gives us an introduction on the importance of warming up and of practicing technique, and then the second video deals with arpeggios and how to practice them. More videos will be coming in the next couple of weeks. Scott is playing a Masaki Sakurai ‘Maestro RF’ cedar guitar.
The next guitar for our upcoming Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero Jr. concert on June 1st is a 1919 Santos Hernandez spruce and cypress guitar – I asked Pepe if he considered it a flamenco, a classical or just a guitar, and he said it was just a cypres guitar (cypress was cheap and readily available at the time – flamencos were generally cheaper guitars, which is why cypress was almost always used for them).
Pepe also says “It definitely has a flamenco attack and I have it set up between classical and flamenco. If ever a guitar had duende, this one has it. It is pure magic! This is easy to play, explosive and beautiful sounding. It is super light weight and totally alive. My head stock is my version of this guitar. When I started to build guitars my father took out 5 Santos Hernandez guitars and told me to take the one that I liked the most, study it, play it and get inspired. I am inspired just thinking of this guitar! This is the one that I chose that day.”
We’ve got two guitars From Granada builder Lucas Martin just finished and ready to make their way over to us – a flamenco blanca and a cedar and rosewood classical. Lucas’s guitars don’t tend to stay in the showroom for very long – between the sound, the playability, the beautiful workmanship and the price they’ve become very popular very quickly.
The next guitar that will be featured in our upcoming Scott Tennant/Pepe Romero Jr. event on June 1st is this 1958 Miguel Rodriguez flamenco nicknamed ‘Henrietta’ (Henrietta was the name of the previous owner). This was the guitar that Pepe Romero used to record his Flamenco Fenomeno record when he was just 15 and his next record at age 18. Celedonio Romero also recoded on this guitar. When Pepe Jr. turned 15 his father gave it to him, and Pepe Jr. says that he “played it for years and was moved by the beauty and raw attack that this guitar has.”
In the latest episode of Scott Wolf’s podcast All Strings Considered Scott talks with Andrew York:
“I had a great chat over some of my almost-as-good-as-Scott-Tennant’s espresso with the Grammy winning guitarist and composer Andrew York. We talked about a whole series of interesting topics, and you will have the chance to hear lots of new music from his recently released double album Yamour.
This 1969 Hermann Hauser II is the next guitar that will be featured in our event with Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero Jr. on June 1st. Pepe Jr. says that he considers Hauser II one of the all-time great builders and that this guitar has power, warmth and a unique sound, and that it is the guitar which to him best represents this master. He also says that it’s the guitar he often heard his father preparing for concerts with. Check out this video of Pepe Sr. playing some Sabicas bulerias on this guitar.
Graciliano Perez is just starting the French polish on our next guitar – a flamenco negra. Graciliano’s waiting list has grown quite a bit since the announcement that Vicente Amigo used one of his guitars to record his new CD ‘Tierra’, so we’re very happy to be getting a couple of his guitars per year.
Gabriele Lodi was born in 1976 and his relationship with the guitar began very early, as his father was a luthier and player. During school, Gabriele would spend several afternoons a week in his father’s shop, where he would take lessons with his father and with many of the players who stopped by. The sound of the guitar moved him, but he never took his playing very seriously, and at 13 he began helping his father in the shop and spent any time away from school in the shop learning to make guitars.
At the age of 20, after a year of military service, he began his career as a guitar maker.
He worked side by side with his father and became intrigued by the historical instruments that would come in to the shop for repair. He began to study and to search out instruments from the 19th century and to develop his knowledge of the music and instruments of the romantic period. He also came to the conclusion that the composers of the period were greatly influenced by the instruments they played: Giuliani with Fabbricatore and Stauffer, Legnani with Stauffer, Sor with Pages, Martinez, Panormo, Lacote. Aguado with Laprevotte and so on….
In the latest episode of Scott Wolf’s podcast All Strings Considered Scott talks with the Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo:
“Unlike any other guitar duo I have come across, the Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo (maybe just the AKGI Duo?) have created a truly distinct sound with their blend of steel string, eight-finger tapping, and the beauty and refinement of the classical guitar. Their compositional style effortlessly blends jazz, classical, pop, and experimental musical styles, adding a heavy dose of Balkan folklore among other rhythmically complex traditions.
We now have photos of the completed guitar from Jochen Rothel and it’s just stunning. It will ship to us very soon and should be her in the next few weeks. Check out the new photos.
We’ve just received some photos of the first guitar of 2013 that we’ll be getting from German luthier Jochen Rothel. This will be a maple guitar with a spruce top and a great-looking rosewood strip down the back. Rothel is currently French polishing the guitar, so it should be ready to ship in just a couple of weeks.