A Fine Guitarist on a Fine Guitar

I met Rynier Prins when he bought an imported guitar from me for one of his students. When he was trying out the instrument he also had a look at the best of the four guitars I had brought into the country – a beautiful Yulong Guo Handmade A-Echoes Double Top Classic Guitar. A while later he returned to put it through its paces and I could see right away that he and the guitar were well suited. After serious and protracted deliberations Rynier decided to buy it and I said goodbye to both of them.

A short while ago Rynier recorded Fernando Sor’s Andante from Sor’s Mes Ennuis – the 5th of 6 Bagatelles op.43 in his home studio, performing on the Yulog Gou. I already knew that he was an excellent musician, but it was only when I heard this performance that I realised that he is more than excellent and that the guitar is just right for him.

So, it gives me pleasure to feature this rendition of the Sor piece here on Classical Guitar SA. Bravo Reynier.



Smooth Shifts

Moving from one position to another, especially up the keyboard, is problematic for most average guitarists. In these three videos, Allan Mathews covers the most tricky aspects of shifting position on the classical guitar.

You can fin the full article at Classical Guitar Corner.


Four handcrafted classical guitars available

Earlier in the year, I imported four fine classical guitars from Aiersi Guitars in China, hoping to set up a small speciality online retail outlet in South Africa. Unfortunately, CITES has now severely restricted the import of all Rosewood products and so I have had to abandon the resale venture.

I am now making the four guitars available at cost, which provides a great value opportunity for any musician or investor. Just click on www.guitarsa.co.za/guitars for full details, pictures and Rand values.

Here are the two high-end guitars in action:

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Yulong Gou

Five common mistakes

A video and article by Simon Powis on common mistakes that beginner classical guitarists often make.

Classical Guitar Corner is one of the sites I have used most extensively in sourcing lessons and articles.

Prelude in A Min Op 59 by Matteo Carcassi

I have added a subsection ‘Additional material for Level 1B’ at the end of Basic Level Players/Musical Scores/Level 1B. The first entry in this subsection is Prelude in A Min from Matteo Carcassi’s Guitar Method Vol 1 (Op 59).

Matteo Carcassi (1792 – 1853) was a  guitar virtuoso  and composer who lived most of his adult life in Paris.  His most famous works are collected in his 25 Etudes op.60 where he blended technical skills with good ‘romantic’ music.