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  • Galina Vale: Great left hand work

    Galina Vale: Great left hand work

    By Miche Archetto: Ukrainian guitarist Galina Vale shows here her virtuosity interpreting live Štěpán Rak’s composition entitled “Gora”. The bio of Glaina Vale’s official website reads: “Guitarist Galina Vale was born in the Ukraine and comes from a family of musicians. She began studying the guitar and made her first public appearance on state television at the age of eight, from twelve she was performing major guitar concertos with the Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.    From the age of 15 she was employed […]

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  • Michael Chapdelaine: Sweet Fingerstyle

    Michael Chapdelaine: Sweet Fingerstyle

    By Jim Weaver: From Professor Chapdelaine’s web page: “Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield , Kansas. From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics […]

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  • Sabrina Vlaskalic: Serbian Virtuoso

    Sabrina Vlaskalic: Serbian Virtuoso

    By Miche Archetto: Here is the impressive interpretation by guitar virtuoso Sabrina Vlaskalic of the Macedonian traditional song “Kalajdzisko Oro”, arranged by Miroslav Tadić. The Bio on her official website reads: “One of today´s most promising guitar talents, Serbian born Sabrina   Vlaskalic (1989) started her formal music education at the age of 7. Nearly   refused at her entrance exam and labeled as “musically ungifted”, she had   choice of enrolling in the classical guitar class or not enrolling in the  […]

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  • Los Indios Tabajaras: More or less like a piano

    Los Indios Tabajaras: More or less like a piano

    By Miche Archetto: Mussapere and Herundy were respectively the 3rd and 4th son of one of the chiefs of the Tabajara indios tribe, in the northeast of Brasil. At the end of the 30′s they found in the forest a classical guitar left by some expedition. After a while they realized that it was a musical instrument and started playing it without any formal training. They decided to venture in Rio de Janeiro where they  aroused the sympathy of the […]

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  • A Younger John Williams

    A Younger John Williams

    There’s a a couple of problems with this John Williams video… 1. ITS NOT LONG ENOUGH! This shorty was taken from a DVD and that was shot in 1972 featuring John Willaims at Ronnie Scott Jazz Club (I have no idea where that is). 2. I don’t think it’s a rare guitar video anymore since it got over 100,000 views. So in the spirit of this short video, my post is gonna be even shorter!

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  • Lawson Rollins: Speeding On the LA Freeways

    Lawson Rollins: Speeding On the LA Freeways

    Santa Anna Winds by Lawson Rollins I’m always amazed at what “goes over” great on YouTube. Either I was asleep or I wasn’t paying attention. Here’s a video by guitarist Lawson Rollins who is said to collectively have over 7 million views on YouTube. This video which features the song entitled Santa Anna Winds has over a million on its own. The song itself sounds to me like a series of scale exercises made to form a song.(think it should […]

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  • Jorge Cardoso: Doctor, Composer and Guitarist

    Jorge Cardoso: Doctor, Composer and Guitarist

    By Miche Archetto: Jorge Cardoso graduated both in medicine and in music. As a composer he specialized mainly in compositions for guitar. Here is his famous “Milonga”, played by many classical guitar players around the world. Despite the altered aspect ratio, this video has a relatively good audio quality, which can make you appreciate Cardoso’s ability as guitar player. His official website is only in Spanish and French, but some biographic information can be found also on wikipedia, which reads: “Jorge Cardoso has […]

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  • Manitas De Plata: Famous French Guitarist

    Manitas De Plata: Famous French Guitarist

    Eddie Delezen over at our facebook page recommended this video of guitarist Manitas De Plata. After checking out his bio, I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve never heard of Manitas De Plata before since apparently he is very famous over in France. And in trying to decide what category his playing falls in… well, in my opinion it’s not really flamenco, not really classical… but he is playing a nylon string guitar and it’s definitely not bluegrass so… (ha ha). Technically […]

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  • Grisha Goryachev: Russian Guitar Virtuoso

    Grisha Goryachev: Russian Guitar Virtuoso

    Here’s yet another amazing guitarist- this time a guitarist from St. Petersburg Russia by the name of Grisha Goryachev, with the familiar guitar piece Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona, which is from a live performance at Trilogy Guitars, Los Angeles, December 18, 2010. The arrangement is by Paco de Lucía which would indicate that Grisha is not only a classical guitarist, but a flamenco guitarist as well. A Russian flamenco guitarist you say? Well, just listen to him. Grisha’s a guitar machine- able to […]

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  • Marc Teicholz: Beyond the Piece

    Marc Teicholz: Beyond the Piece

    Marc Teicholz- remember that name… Why? Well just listen to him play! Sometimes what he is playing sounds just impossible, and other times just so tender and sweet. Marc is one of those guitarists that has it all- brilliant technique, tone, and feeling. What else can I say except enjoy and read the bio material below. Marc’ has quite a background and well praised by his peers…. “Guitar: 1867 Antonio de Torres (http://bit.ly/13Upptc). Here’s Marc Teicholz performing in the Guitar […]

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  • Wulfin Lieske: a Gourmet Guitarist

    Wulfin Lieske: a Gourmet Guitarist

      Torres Guitar La Leona – Rumores De La Caleta (1) Albeniz, Wulfin Lieske GOURMET GUITARS The writing of classical music is considered the most important element of the music- in fact, listen to a classical performance on YouTube and you will be hard pressed to see the Artist name ahead of the composers.. In fact, sometimes you might not even see the artist (guitarists) name at all… as if this piece just plays itself!!! Well, just love the piece […]

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  • Michael Lucarelli: James Bond Theme Song

    Michael Lucarelli: James Bond Theme Song

    Michael Lucarelli plays “The James Bond Theme” by John Barry/Monty Norman on classical guitar. Arranged by Steve Dell This is a song that has a little bit of a special meaning to me- Well, not so much the song but the original guitarist that played on the original recording. Do you remember that low sounding electric guitar riff in the original? Well, that was performed by an old friend of mine by the name of Billy Strange. Not too many […]

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  • Ana & Viktor Vidovic: Classical With A Turn Of Century Twist

    Ana & Viktor Vidovic: Classical With A Turn Of Century Twist

      There’s no doubt as to the talent level put together here in this video with brother and sister Ana and Viktor Vidovic, featuring a composition by Viktor entitled “Raft House.” This composition reminds me of something you’d hear from the late 1800- no not classical, but the pop music from back then. Curious- In the video description near Viktor’s writing credits say’s the following: Kuća na splavi / Raft house (I’m not sure if this is a translation?) In any […]

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  • Eric Henderson: From Segovia to The Rolling Stones

    Eric Henderson: From Segovia to The Rolling Stones

    Patrick Lane over at our facebook page spotted this video and wrote the following: “Bob, I don’t know if you ever highlighted Eric Henderson before. I had a chance to take a few lessons from him years ago and he is just a wonderful musician. I have not kept in touch with him, but seeing Edgar Cruz play Bohemian Rhapsody made me think of him. Here is one of my favorites he did, Rolling Stones – Paint it Black” Thanks […]

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  • Anna Likhacheva: Encore!

    Anna Likhacheva: Encore!

    Anna Likhacheva Performance on the Great Finale of the World Guitar “Great Finale of the World Guitar Competition 2012 was held in Novi Sad during 6.Vojvodina Guitar Fest (9 – 12. April 2012). This is performance of Anna Likhacheva from Russia.” Here’s Anna Likhacheva all grown up so to speak. If you’ve missed the first video of Anna when she was 9 years old, do check that out: http://acousticguitarvideos.com/3783/anna-likhacheva-9-year-old-virtuoso/ This video as you can see is from 2012, a year ago […]

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  • Anna Likhacheva: 9 Year Old Virtuoso

    Anna Likhacheva: 9 Year Old Virtuoso

    El Colibri – Anna Likhacheva (9 year) “Anna Likhacheva plays in the competition in Moscow (2003) “ You can see the date and yes… that’s some time ago. But playing like that at 9 years old? Absolutely amazing! Well, I’m guessing the discipline that Anna went through is similar to that of those Eastern Block country gymnasts who would train morning, noon and night. Practicing 8 hours a day. Maybe that’s undercutting it. Even I exceeded that when I was […]

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  • Pat Coldrick: Full Command

    Pat Coldrick: Full Command

    Danza Paraguaya No 1 Performed by Pat Coldrick If you want to see a very strong, very confident performance… look no further. Dublin Ireland based guitarist Pat Coldrick is just about as good as it gets, with a flawless technique, expressive lines and a tone to die for. In this video, Pat performs  Danza Paraguaya No. 1, which is a composition by A Barrios Mangore. The setting is at St. Mary’s Church, Howth, North County Dublin.  A first rate video and […]

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  • Chit San Maung: Burmese Guitar Hero

    Chit San Maung: Burmese Guitar Hero

    By Miche Archetto: Here is Chit San Maung (also spelled Mung) playing an acoustic guitar. Chit San Mung is a guitar virtuoso from Myanmar (or Burma) and lead guitarist of Iron Cross, the most popular Burmese rock band. Here he flatpicks an intro solo and then he switches to fingerpicking to play the famous Bourrée by J. S. Bach (from the Lute Suite no. 1, BWV 996), and than he concludes with another outro solo. If you like this video, […]

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  • Assad Brother: A Moment of Pure Music

    Assad Brother: A Moment of Pure Music

    Assad Brother A Moment of Pure Love Sergio and Odair Assad perform a piece by Baiao Malandro – Egberto Gismonti   BY MARIE GULLARD “It has been written about Brazilian guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad that no amount of expectation prepares an audience for their perfectly synchronized style of musical interplay and their innovative compositions, many of which have been written by Sergio’s daughter, pianist and composer Clarice Assad. The three, along with percussionist Jamey Haddad and vocalist Christiane Karam, will perform […]

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  • Stephan Grapelli & Julian Bream Play Django Reinhardt

    Stephan Grapelli & Julian Bream Play Django Reinhardt

    Nuage St Grapelli & J Bream This is just wonderful playing here by guitarist Julian Bream and the unmistakable Stephan Grapelli on violin, who should know a little about playing with the author of this song (that would be Django Reinhardt (Nuage). “Julien Bream is a British classical guitarist and lutenist and is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century. He has also been successful in renewing popular interest in the lute. Bream was born in London and brought up in a […]

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  • Eve Beneke: Life On Bach

    J.S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 6 Prélude – Eva Beneke (guitar) This is quite the production here with this Eve Beneke video.. One thing is for sure, Eve is a seriously talented guitarist- Accuracy and soul seems to be no problem for her on this Bach Cello Suite No.6 Prelude. The video obviously was recorded separate from the actual audio performance but, it’s fun watching what Eve’s life is all about.. that is.. what she’s doing when she’s not […]

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  • Tatyana Ryzhkova: Bach on Guitar

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonata II BWV 1003, Allegro Here’s guitarist Tatyana Ryzhkova with the Bach Sonata II BWV… The performance here is just beautiful, well executed and soulful. You will want to watch this over and over again. Tatyana’s left hand technique is just perfect, and the sustain she gets on some of the ascending passages is just fantastic- almost reminds me of floating guitar! Here’s a short bio- you can click on the link below to read more: “Tatyana […]

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  • Benjamin Verdery: From Cello To Guitar

    Benjamin Verdery: From Cello To Guitar

      Benjamin Verdery – JS Bach: Sarabande By Miche Archetto: J.S. Bach’s music is often referred to as sort of “pure music”, meaning a music that can be played on any instrument. I agree with this point of view, and Benjamin Verdery’s transcriptions of cello suites for nylon guitar are a living proof of it. “Described as “iconoclastic” and “inventive” by The New York Times and “one of the classical guitar world’s most foremost personalities,” by Classical Guitar Magazine, Benjamin Verdery enjoys […]

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  • Andrew York: guitarist and composer

    Andrew York: guitarist and composer

      Andrew York plays Sunburst, Jubilation  By Miche Archetto Andrew York is a guitarist with a deep sense of melody and harmony. In this video he plays live his composition ”Sunburst” (AKA Jubilation), which I found very soulful and intensely played. According to his website ”York’s compositions have been recorded by guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening, and Japanese pianist Mitsouko Kado.  As a published composer, York’s works appear in print worldwide through Alfred Publications, Hal Leonard, Mel Bay Publications, Guitar Solo […]

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  • Toninho Horta: An Influential Guitarist

    Toninho Horta: An Influential Guitarist

    Toninho Horta – Moon River – Heineken Concerts – 1999 By Miche Archetto: Tonino Ahorta is a fine Brazilian guitarist and composer that has influenced many younger musicians, including Pat Metheny, who – according to wikipedia – considers him to be “one of the world’s great ‘composers’ on nylon-string guitar”. Here Tonino interprets the famous tune “Moonriver” by Henri Mancini, giving a flavour of his sense of Harmony and his chords progressions that “defy gravity” (again Pat Metheny words). “Influential […]

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  • Gohar Vardanyan: “Armenian Guitarist”

    Gohar Vardanyan: “Armenian Guitarist”

      Gohar Vardanyan – Sonata Op. 61 – Allegro (mov.1) By Flip Peters: If you’ve never heard Gohar Vardanyan check her out. With a new CD and Mel Bay book out, she’s getting a lot of attention in the classical guitar world. She also has a series of videos called Lessonettes, sponsored by Strings by Mail, that have lots of helpful technical and practice tips. Here’s her bio: “Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous […]

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  • 2 guitars- 4 guitarists

    2 guitars- 4 guitarists

    Tico Tico Fortissimo- Guitar Quartet Okay, I think this will be the last of the odd guitar techniques for a while. Truth is I didn’t have time to post this yesterday so, here it is now. You’ve got to figure that this group is drawing large audiences even without knowing for sure. Here’s the whose who of the Fortissimo- Guitar Quartet plus some biography background: Dimitri Illarionov (the guy) Yuliya Lonskaya (the lady on the left) Nadja Kossinskaja (the blonde lady) Oksana […]

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  • Duo Siqueira Lima: Who Needs Two Guitars?

    Duo Siqueira Lima: Who Needs Two Guitars?

    1 guitar 2 players! Hey, it’s sure impressive when you see a guitarist with a double neck or a guy with two guitars playing both at the same time. But hows this for a switch… Here’s Cecilia and Fernando known as Duo Siqueira Lima playing the same guitar! Talk about hours and hours of coordination to pull something like this off. And think about it… any timing deviations and the piece could go haywire! In order to do this, you […]

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  • Jose Feliciano: Mastering All Techniques

    Jose Feliciano: Mastering All Techniques

    Jose Feliciano – Flight of The Bumble Bee   Switching from Flatpicking to fingerpicking By Miche Archetto: Here is Puerto Rican singer and guitar virtuoso José Feliciano in his famous interpretation of the “Flight of the bumblebee” (originally composed for orchestra by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). At 1:03 he gets rid of his pick and switches to fingerpicking. José Feliciano became very popular in the 60s for his guitar playing and singing. According to his official website, he has recently embarked in a world tour. […]

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  • Baden Powell: Midnight Smoke

    Baden Powell: Midnight Smoke

      By Miche Archetto: This video was recorded in 1971. Baden Powell (1937-2000) was then one of most famous Brazilian guitar players. Here he show his unique ability to use classical guitar technique in jazz music, putting his soul in each notes he plays. Notice the “special effect” created by the smoke of the cigarette he holds in his right hand! I suspect he was drunk during this take and maybe he didn’t even realize he had that cigarette in […]

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