Category Hot Links & News

GFA Youth Winners 2014

You can see the GFA Blog Post about this. Junior Division 1st: Xu Kun Liu (Canada) 2nd: Chanhyeok Lee (South Korea) 3rd: Kang Min Shin (South Korea) 4th: Nadja Jankovic (Montenegro) Senior Division 1st: John Bogan (USA) 2nd: Grace Sheppard…

Hotlink: Paul Galbraith Concert Review

Check this review of Galbraith in the Santa Barbara Independent. Who plays two Mozart piano works followed by double Bach cello suites in attacca? He’s a wild man, out of control! …Finally, Galbraith stacked together two favorites for guitar —…

Luthier Douglass Scott Reviews Tuning Machines

Luthier and Vancouver Island friend Douglass Scott reviews a number of tuning machines. Great little post! He looks at: Gilbert, Gotoh, Sloane, Alessi, and Baljak models. Visit his blog to read the review: Thoughts On Tuning Machines Image source and…

Practicing and the iPhone | Stephen Aron

Some pros and cons of the digital era via Stephen Aron. Here’s just an excerpt. Sometimes I wonder if the current generation of music students simply get less out of their practice time than previous generations. Its not that they…

Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía dies at 66

Very sad news via the BBC. I remember as a kid taking classical guitar lessons and hearing “Friday Night in San Francisco”  thinking, hey there are rock stars in the nylon world after all. I later saw him live in…

David Leisner: Conquering Performance Anxiety

Just reviewing some old articles and came across this one by David Leisner on his website titled: Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety. It is reprinted by permission of the American String Teachers Association, copyright, Spring 1995. This is an excerpt,…

Hotlink: Beijing Guitar Duo Concert Review

I can’t stand anyone who mentions a few buzzes in live performances…don’t want them? Go watch a piano. ANYWAY, it is a very glowing review overall. Wang’s graceful style was on display as she effected lovely phrasing amidst sweeping arpeggios.…

Signed Photograph of Segovia

Want a signed photograph of Segovia by Segovia? Amazon sells memorabilia? It’s all a bit weird. Well, if you want it then pay up! It’s $1500.

Harp–lute by Edward Light

Harp–lute, ca. 1815 Edward Light (English, active 1780–1820) London Wood, lacquered and gilded; H. 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm); W. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm) The harplike pillar supports diatonically tuned bass strings to extend the range of the fretted…

Sexy Vintage Almeida Cover

A vintage cover of Laurindo de Almeida, Guitar from Ipanema from 1964. Guitar out of focus to highlight the most important aspect of the cover (as far as 1964 men are concerned)! The album does have the song “Girl from…

Basile de Loose “Tuning the Guitar”

Since the beginning of all time – as far as guitarists are concerned – we have spent most of our days tuning rather than playing. Sometimes it takes so long that it can be caught on film or even painted…