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Hamilton International Guitar Festival & Competition

Below is a review of the 2014 Hamilton Festival in Ontario, Canada. But first, some info on 2015: 2015 Hamilton International Guitar Festival & CompetitionJune 19-21, 2015 Concerts:  Gaelle Solal (France), Rene Izquierdo (Cuba), Miodrag Zerdoner (Canada), Will Douglas (USA). …

Review: Barnett / Sagework Guitar Support

Barnett Guitar Supports (Now Called Sagework) Buy or learn more via Amazon: Sagework Guitar Support Say goodbye to suction cups or clamps! This guitar support uses magnets to keep your guitar support in place. It is well worth the $96 price…

Irina Kulikova plays Torroba Sonatina

Russian born guitarist, now based in the Netherlands, Irina Kurikova plays plays Sonatina by Spanish composer Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982) at the “Altamira Night” concert in Shanghai Oriental Art Center. This is via Altamira Guitars and their YouTube. Super crisp…

Tips on Commissioning Guitar Music by Michael Karmon

This is a guest post by composer Michael Karmon Commissioning a new guitar piece can be a wonderful thing. If you’re a player, you can have a piece tailored to your musical personality and strengths. If you’re a fan of…

Review: Bradley Colten – Complete Works of Ernst Bacon

Ernst Bacon: The Complete Works for Solo Guitarby Bradley Colten, Classical GuitarAzica Records 2014Artist website: bradleycolten.com Buy or listen to samples on Amazon: Ernst Bacon: The Complete Works Prolific American composer, pianist, and conductor, Ernst Bacon (1898-1990) composed and conducted…

Heike Matthiesen plays Elegie by Sylvie Bodorová

Heike Matthiesen plays Elegie by Sylvie Bodorová on a 2014 Roy Fankhänel. This comes via the wonderful Siccas Guitars and their YouTube channel which is keep this blog alive! Heike Matthiesen is a very active performing guitarist from Germany and…

Altius Guitar Duo Play Tedesco

Altius Duo (Adam Batstone & Chad Yacobucci) play Prelude and Fugue no. XV in A major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968). Audio and Video Produced by Drew Henderson. Guitars by Bruno Boutin and Greg Byers. Tedesco was an Italian…

Michael Partington and Stephen Stubbs Play Diabelli

Michael Partington and Stephen Stubbs performing Anton Diabelli’s Op. 57, on two period guitars. Brechemin Auditorium, University of Washington School of Music, Seattle. January 12, 2014. This is such a coincidence because I recently saw Stubbs perform in Victoria twice…

Tension & Relaxation for Classical Guitarists

Here’s a little video lesson regarding tension and relaxation for classical guitar or musicians in general. It’s more of a discussion than anything else but I hope you find it useful. One of the books I mention is an interesting section…

The Gravity of Ms. Peters by Bret Williams

The Gravity of Ms. Peters by Bret Williams with Mark Dover, Clarinet. Matt Aprea, violin. Bret Williams, guitar. Marc Schmied, Bass. I quite like this ensemble work which is very playful. Reminds of something Kronos would be playing. Maybe some…

Marcin Dylla Plays Tárrega on Six Different Guitars

When I first saw this title on YouTube I thought I’d have to hear the piece six times in a row (am I in purgatory?) but they clipped it all together into one performance switching to different guitars. Much better.…