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Matt Palmer plays Julia Florida by Barrios

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:09

Matt Palmer plays Julia Florida by Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885–1944). This comes via his great YouTube Channel. The guitar is a “La Leona” replica built by Michael Thames (spruce, cypress) that was one day old at the time of recording. “The Paraguayann guitar-composer Agustin Barrios Mangore, worked in relative isolation in South and Central America, although his music is full of European classical influences, notably those of J.S. Bach, Chopin, and Tarrega. His hundreds of pieces can be divided into three main categories -homages to the Baroque, South American folk-music based pieces, and works in the nineteenth century Romantic style. It is the latter category in which the touching Barcarole, Julia Florida belongs, with its delicate melodic lines and effusive sentimentality.[Kraft/Naxos]”

Sheet Music via Amazon: Complete Barrios Vol. 1

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Matthew McAllister Plays Oleander Etude by Towner

This is Classical Guitar - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:42

Matthew McAllister plays Oleander Etude by Ralph Towner (b.1940). This comes via Uro Baric and Baros Records YouTube Channel. You can check McAllister’s new album American Collection over at Baros Records. “Matthew’s most ambitious album to date has just been released! An all American Collection of music for solo guitar featuring works by composers Chick Corea, Ralph Towner, Phillip Rosheger, Lou Harrison and Frank Zappa alongside a Guitar Quartet recording of the Mishima Quartet by Philip Glass.” Check out the beautiful cover below (click the image to visit Baros Records).

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Linda Bernert (10) plays Tango en skaï by Dyens

This is Classical Guitar - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:27

Big round of applause for ten year old Linda Bernert playing Tango en Skaï by Roland Dyens (1955–2016). Linda is a student of the amazing Stefan Schmidt in Germany. This comes via his YouTube channel where he highlights some of his great students. Schmidt has a TON of great students of all ages highlighted on his YouTube.

Sheet Music via Amazon: Tango and Skai by Dyens


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Stephanie Jones Invierno Porteño by Piazzolla

This is Classical Guitar - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:06

Australian guitarist Stephanie Jones plays Invierno Porteño by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) and arranged by Sérgio Assad. This comes via her great YouTube Channel. Fantastic playing as always from this exciting young artist studying in Germany. Always musical but also daring and virtuosic she is an artist to keep track of. Here’s her blurb from Youtube: “Another one of my favourite pieces to play – it is such a beautiful work, an expressive mixture of singing melodies and captivating rhythm. Piazzolla’s New Tango is not just simple dance music, but an emotionally rich world, melding together nuances of both classical and jazz music…Invierno Porteño is one work from a set of four tango compositions. Each piece was conceived as an individual composition, but together they form the Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, or The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Porteño is an adjective for people born in Buenos Aires, and the word Invierno refers to Winter.”

Sheet Music can be found at Strings by Mail.


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Tomasi/Musso Guitar Duo Play Debussy

This is Classical Guitar - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:59

The Tomasi-Musso Guitar Duo (Marco Musso & Davide Giovanni Tomasi) play Arabesque I by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). This comes via the fantastic Paris Guitar Foundation and their YouTube channel. The PGF Series, directed by Augustin Pesnon, showcases guitarists with quality video productions. Tomasi’s guitar by Philip Woodfield and Musso’s by Roberto de Miranda. Great musical balance and ensemble phrasing by the duo paired with a beautiful tone throughout.


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Jeffrey McFadden: Prelude & Gigue BWV 1010 by Bach

This is Classical Guitar - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:04

Canadian guitarist Jeffrey McFadden performs his arrangement of the Prelude & Gigue from the 4th Cello Suite BWV1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Recorded by Canadian guitarist/producer Drew Henderson at Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto. This comes via McFadden’s fantastic Youtube channel. Canada’s top guitarist, recording artist, and educator, McFadden’s playing never disappoints. Nice articulation in the prelude which he keep consistent throughout before the driving gigue. You can check out his Naxos recordings which are amazing.  A nice heads up to Victoria, Canada luthier Marcus Dominelli for the nice guitar as well.


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2017 Douglass Scott Classical Guitar

This is Classical Guitar - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:52

2017 Douglass Scott Classical Guitar for Sale
This is a new feature on the site: I try out brand new guitars and when I really like the instrument I demo it and recommend it to potential buyers. It’s a win-win situation for the buyer. Instead of blindly ordering a new guitar, you can be assured of its quality and aesthetics as well as get my stamp of approval before you purchase it. It’s also just a fun way to learn about guitars and see some pretty pictures too! For the best viewing experience go to YouTube 4k Quality YouTube Demo.

  • Solid Italian spruce top
  • Curly Bosnian maple back and sides
  • Elevated Fingerboard
  • Amazon rosewood bridge, bindings, head veneer, and back panel
  • Honduras mahogany neck
  • Macassar ebony fingerboard
  • Alessi tuning machines
  • French polish finish
  • Scale length 650mm
  • Nut width 52mm
  • Price $7100 CAD / $5650 USD
  • Final sale is made through luthier
  • First Inquires contact:
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Photos by Douglass Scott.

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Alexandra Whittingham Plays Capricho Árabe by Tarrega

This is Classical Guitar - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:49

British guitarist Alexandra Whittingham plays Capricho Árabe by Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909). This comes via her great YouTube Channel. Filmed in the Church of St Pierre in Martignac, South-West France (video: Tom Gradwell, production: Craig Morgan). A bright young talent, Whittingham (20yo) now studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has been featured on the site many times and it’s great to see her career and music continue to thrive.

Find the sheet music for free here on the site as a PDF: Tarrega: Capricho Árabe.


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Quarter Patterns by Tuomas Kettunen

This is Classical Guitar - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:36

Taavi Kiviranta & Mikael Rechardt play QUARTER PATTERNS for two guitars tuned a quarter tone apart (1st gtr 1/4 higher) composed by Tuomas Kettunen. This comes via Kettunen’s YouTube Channel. Quarter tone pieces always make me feel suspended in some kind of static harmonic field. I really like the ensemble imitation and rhythmic continuity of this work which creates a hypnotic weaving texture that builds up and releases. In particular the dissipation that begins at 4:50 and the suddenly interruptions afterward. Scores are available upon request to the composer.


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Easy Celtic Guitar Vol. 1 (PDF)

This is Classical Guitar - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:22

Easy Celtic Guitar Vol. 1
For Fingerstyle or Classical Guitar
6 Arrangements of Popular Melodies
Notation & Notation + Tab Editions
PDF Download

Songs: The Ash Grove (Llwyn Onn), Auld Lang Syne, Danny Boy (Londonderry Air), Loch Lomond, O’Carolan’s Welcome (First Untitled Piece), The Skye Boat Song

Free Notation PDFs: O’Carolan’s Welcome  |  Auld Lang Syne
Look at a sample TAB excerpt: Loch Lomond TAB Sample

Buy Easy Celtic Guitar Vol.1 (PDF): $8.99

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Videos for this ebook

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Belmin Okanović Plays Study No. 24, Op. 29 by Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:57

Belmin Okanović plays Study No. 24, Op. 29 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This comes via Siccas Guitars and their great YouTube Channel where Okanović is playing on a on a 2005 Jean-Noël Rohé. Some nice phrasing and highlighted melodic playing by Okanović. This is one of Sor’s nicer studies and has some nice moments ranging from light Mozartian lines to some darker Romantic textures.

Sheet Music via Amazon: Complete Sor Studies for Guitar


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Fantasia X by Mudarra for Guitar (Free PDF)

This is Classical Guitar - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:13

Fantasia X by Alonso Mudarra (c.1510–1580)
que contrahazee la harpa en la manera de Ludovico (From Tres libros, 1546)
Free PDF Sheet Music for Classical Guitar
Late-Intermediate/Advanced (Grade 9)
Free Notation Edition & TAB Edition

This edition of Fantasia X (No.10) by Alonso Mudarra (c.1510–1580) is an arrangement of the original vihuela work. The nice harp-like fingering by Frederick Noad et al. with cross-string fingering, although very beautiful, over-complicates the fingering and are not consistent throughout. The vihuela tablature utilizes open strings for the melodic passages and I’ve kept that aspect (although both can be very nice). My edition is virtually identical to David Russell’s fingering in the video below. Join the Email Newsletter to get music updates or visit the sheet music page regularly. Please consider donating to the site to keep the free sheet music coming.

Free Notation Edition (PDF): 

Modern TAB + Notation Edition (PDF Download): $4.99

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Although the video quality is a bit poor, I really like Russell’s performance. The fingering is almost exactly the same as my edition (and the original).

A vihuela recording.

Live vihuela.

Here’s an example of a cross-string fingering performance of other editions.

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Liying Zhu Plays Rondeau Op. 12 by Coste

This is Classical Guitar - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:46

Liying Zhu plays by Rondeau de Concert Op. 12 Napoléon Coste (1805–1883). This comes via GuitarCoop and their fantastic YouTube Channel. Liying Zhu is one of my favourite guitarists of our time, amazing virtuosity mixed with elegant phrasing and dynamics put her in the spotlight. No exception here with blazing lines but also sweet phrase shaping and rubato. Genius!

Sheet Music via Amazon: Selected Work by Coste (ed. McFadden)

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Lesson: Coste Etude No.23 with Gohar Vardanyan

This is Classical Guitar - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 16:46

Gohar Vardanyan (sponsored by Strings by Mail) performs and teaches a lesson for Etude No. 23, Op. 38 by Napoléon Coste (1805–1883). This comes via her YouTube channel where she has been posting a number of etude lessons (check it out and subscribe). Vardanyan’s technique, filled with controlled articulation, works well for this etude and you can pick up many ideas about detached articulations and muting techniques.

Sheet Music: The Coste Etudes Op.38 (Schott) are available at SMP.
The Chanterelle edition seems to less available.
SBM also seem to out.

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Concentric Rings by the Victoria Guitar Trio

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 15:09

As many of you know, I play in the Victoria Guitar Trio with two of my closest friends and colleagues, Michael Dias and Adrian Verdejo. Over the years we’ve commissioned and performed many works by Canadian composers. Last year, with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts and Redshift Records we recorded an album of our commissions and favourite works by composers from the West Coast of Canada. We’ve released the mp3 album on Bandcamp and we’ll soon also have it on all the various platforms. Funds from sales and any helpful donations will be used to create physical copies and a professional video. You can donate here via PayPal.

Victoria Guitar Trio – Concentric Rings
The debut album by the Victoria Guitar Trio featuring all original works for three guitars by composers from British Columbia. This project was made possible with financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts. Concentric Rings is available on Redshift Records.

Buy or Listen to the album on BandCamp

Produced by Mark Takeshi McGregor
Recorded by Brian Campbell (Wizard Sound Services)
Recording Location: Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music, Vancouver, BC
Mastered by Susana Valente
CD Cover Design by Benton Roark
Performed by Michael G. Dias, Adrian Verdejo, Bradford Werner
TK450 © 2017 Redshift Music

Sound Samples via SoundCloud

*Commissioned/dedicated to the Victoria Guitar Trio

  • Jordan Nobles: Concentric Rings*
  • Jordan Nobles: Temporal Waves
  • Scott Edward Godin: On Poetics*
  • Rodney Sharman: Suspended Waltz, arr. Dias
  • Rodney Sharman: September
  • rd wraggett: The Nagual’s Dream for Guitar Trio and Tape*
  • Benton Roark: Mystic Veil*
Support This Album

We are seeking support for the release of physical CDs and a new promotional video. Support the creation of new music in Canada by offering a small donation to the Victoria Guitar Trio via PayPal. You can also support us by sharing this page (buttons below) or sharing our BandCamp album with your friends.


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2019 GFA Convention Location Announced

Guitar Foundation News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:49

2019 Guitar Foundation of America

International Convention & Competition

June 17-22, 2019

Hosted by

University of Miami, Miami FL

The Guitar Foundation of America will hold the 2019 GFA International Convention and Competition from June 17-22, 2019 at the University of Miami, Miami, FL. This annual event brings together approximately 600 classical guitar masters and enthusiasts from all over the world, including some of the most elite performers of classical guitar. The 2019 GFA International Convention and Competition will be co-hosted by Dr. Federico Musgrove Stetson and Rafael Padron.

The six-day convention includes three concerts per day, a wide array of lectures, hands-on workshops, masterclasses and private lessons, a comprehensive vendor exposition and luthier showcase, Hall of Fame awards ceremony, and two guitar orchestras, open to all attendees. The GFA Convention is also home to three divisions of prestigious classical guitar competitions. The winner of the GFA International Concert Artist Competition is awarded an extensive international tour, along with a cash prize, recording contract, and publishing contract. The International Youth Competition (IYC) has both senior and junior divisions that offer young players the opportunity to perform for an elite panel of judges as well as the large GFA audience. Winners of the IYC receive cash awards and generous prizes from our sponsors.


The 2019 Convention will also feature the third annual International Ensemble Competition (IEC), with divisions for youth and adults in small and large ensembles.

The 2019 GFA Convention will also incorporate GFA’s new Guitar Summit youth camp, a six-day sleepaway camp for students ages 11-18. Guitar Summit students will have the opportunity to attend convention events while also participating in special workshops, performances and fun activities with convention artists and special guests.

The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the world’s leading classical guitar organization, promoting excellence in performance, literature, research, and education of the classical guitar. For complete details on the event visit the GFA website at

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