John Gordon Ross

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I don’t claim great skill as a guitarist, though I have a diploma of sorts and have earned a living from the guitar in the remote past – an even more precarious one than the one I have now, though. The guitar, particularly the classical guitar, still claims a good deal of my time and mental energy, so it had to be represented on this site. Unfortunately, apart from the indispensable forum run by Jean-François Delcamp, there is not a great deal of very useful stuff on the Internet related with the classical guitar – here are some feeds which I hope are of more use to you than to me, and towards the bottom of the page you’ll find a few links mostly related with classical guitarists. Drop me a comment if you know a feed or link which might fit (or just to say hi).

Guitar Feeds

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bending sides – just for fun photo

Monday 6 February 23:25:15 UTC 2012

Good luck on the bend. My only advice i can give is if you're handbending, go very slowly and keep the heat level under control. That wood will crack in the blink of an eye. Constantly test with your finger when doing the waist to check for raised fibres that are about to give in a bad way. Set aside … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bending sides – just for fun photo

Monday 6 February 22:02:20 UTC 2012

Are you doing it by hand with a bending iron or are you using a bending form? Forms are so much easier than trying to do it by hand…Statistics: Posted by bunglenutter — Monday 06 February 2012, 22:02 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Pushing string into the body

Monday 6 February 22:00:24 UTC 2012

All useful ideas in achieving a good tone. I'm sure that pushing down is the key – but hard to doStatistics: Posted by Dave56 — Monday 06 February 2012, 22:00 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: Anyone tried the Yamaha Pocketrak?

Monday 6 February 21:56:00 UTC 2012

thanks for the suggestion Vito, but I have the oldest mobile phone in the world!Statistics: Posted by coot — Monday 06 February 2012, 21:56 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bending sides – just for fun photo

Monday 6 February 21:46:31 UTC 2012

good luck with it! funny thing is it´s not half as difficult as i´d imagined it to be until i realised it was relatively straightforward – then things started to get messy. so, even if you did not ask for advice, mine would go like this: don´t be afraid, but don´t get too confident either.again,good luck!edit: it was indian Rosewood … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Jaroslawski, Robert; A Sentimental Moment #3 – Video

Monday 6 February 21:28:14 UTC 2012

Hello there,here's a little film with one of my instant or spontaneous compositions. I explore a theme in different ways in several parts, and here's the third: target="_blank">object YoutubeIt is played on my new Stenzel 2011 (December), so the guitar is still a bit new for me, and the slightly larger scale and width of the neck require more fine … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bridge – how many holes?

Monday 6 February 21:23:32 UTC 2012

Tim W wrote:I have a 6 hole bridge and I simply tie a (good!) stopper knot. It maximizes the break angle and eliminates loops, beads, etc. It's worked well for 5 years. An additional plus is there is no length of string available to whip around for the dreaded string bite in back of the bridge.Would you care to post … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Torrisi, Giuseppe; Mazurka Triste

Monday 6 February 21:17:49 UTC 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mhmh0hb … ture=shareMy "Mazurka Triste" played by Chinese Guitarist Julia Scheuffele in Shangai!Statistics: Posted by Giuseppe Torrisi — Monday 06 February 2012, 21:17 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • wound treble alert!

Monday 6 February 21:14:27 UTC 2012

Maybe it's just me….After tying strings to the tie block, I grab the string and give ita hard pull to check if the tie block loops are set properly beforetying off at the head.I tried a wound g' sting for the first time and after saw two darkspots on the string. A closer look revealed that I had loosened the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Contemporary music • Re: Raymond, Jean-Marie; Poema Nostalgico

Monday 6 February 21:01:07 UTC 2012

Simply Beautiful! I think sometimes, the seemingly simple pieces are the most difficult, yet they are the most beautiful.Thanks for your fine playing.lineaStatistics: Posted by Linda — Monday 06 February 2012, 21:01 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Contemporary music • Re: Raymond, Jean-Marie; Poema Nostalgico

Monday 6 February 20:39:15 UTC 2012

Very nice playing !!! :bravo: :merci: :bye:Statistics: Posted by Sébastien Biale — Monday 06 February 2012, 20:39 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Word games • Re: ABC

Monday 6 February 20:16:40 UTC 2012

:lol: :bravo: :applauso: :applauso: :applauso: Allow me some time to compose a Befitting reply. It Could take manyDays if not for-Ever! :wink: GeoffStatistics: Posted by GeoffB — Monday 06 February 2012, 20:16 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: "Square" sides or tapered?

Monday 6 February 20:16:16 UTC 2012

Michael Thames wrote:The sides were highly tapered to accept the arched top, only in the lower bout, it was quite obvious. I say arched because there didn't appear to be much dome in the top only arching across the top, this actually makes sense, because the side tapering would eliminate any doming.So, Michael, let me try to clarify my mental … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Bending sides – just for fun photo

Monday 6 February 20:03:50 UTC 2012

Tomorrow I will bend sides first time ever. Maybe this photo inspires me. :chaud: http://www.listenmusicmag.com/feature/i … php?page=2Statistics: Posted by tvrtko — Monday 06 February 2012, 20:03 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bridge – how many holes?

Monday 6 February 19:47:41 UTC 2012

I have a 6 hole bridge and I simply tie a (good!) stopper knot. It maximizes the break angle and eliminates loops, beads, etc. It's worked well for 5 years. An additional plus is there is no length of string available to whip around for the dreaded string bite in back of the bridge.Statistics: Posted by Tim W — Monday … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bridge – how many holes?

Monday 6 February 19:36:49 UTC 2012

Marcus Dominelli wrote:The tension and the height of the string above the top. The weight of the bridge is a factor too, so obviously if you're going to use beads made of brass or something heavy this will affect the sound.I don't have a mathematical background, and I cannot point you to any studies on it, but I've come across … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Easy(ish) Baroque Music

Monday 6 February 19:30:58 UTC 2012

Noad's Baroque Guitar book has a number of shorter pieces that are quite nice to play. There are several Bach preludes that could fit the bill as well such as BWV 999. There are also a host of good sites with free baroque sheet music downloads of varying degrees of difficulty. Check out the resources at the top of the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bolt on neck joints a la gore/gilet

Monday 6 February 19:30:19 UTC 2012

I have a guitar with a bolt-on neck built by the Argentinian luthier Ricardo Louzao, and don't think it makes a big difference, but I haven't done an A/B with a more conventionally constructed guitar by the same luthier. It does not have a conventional heel, which makes the higher positions much easier, especially since the neck is elevated as … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Easy(ish) Baroque Music

Monday 6 February 19:18:15 UTC 2012

Hi Mcnabbmh, welcome to the forum. Could I invite you to introduce yourself here?GeoffStatistics: Posted by GeoffB — Monday 06 February 2012, 19:18 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Anon.; Arirang – Korean Folk Song – Tenor Ukulele Video

Monday 6 February 19:07:41 UTC 2012

Hi Ivan,That's coming along nicely!GeoffStatistics: Posted by GeoffB — Monday 06 February 2012, 19:07 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Meditative pieces?

Monday 6 February 19:06:35 UTC 2012

Not sure exactly the mood you are looking for but I like Bach's Chorale Prelude BWV 639 and I think there is a transcription available here on Delcamp.net. I have heard it played a bit too fast but when played somewhat slower the meditative side of it really shows through.Statistics: Posted by Mcnabbmh — Monday 06 February 2012, 19:06 pm … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Parkening

Monday 6 February 19:01:13 UTC 2012

More bluntly than you put it, I suspect that many are/were turned off by his religious devotion, which seems to really bother and blind agnostics.I’m one of those agnostics who are “bothered” (though not “blinded”) by Parkening’s religious ideas. I’m not bothered at all by his religion or his religious devotion, but am annoyed by his continual promotion of the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Parkening

Monday 6 February 19:00:12 UTC 2012

I saw Parkening play the Aranjuez once with the Cincinnati Pops orchestra and was not truly impressed. This was probably 2002 or thereabouts. He seemed a little out of practice and struggled in a few places, but I also heard that this concert was booked on short notice. He played an encore of Koyunbaba (good parts abridged version) and nailed … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: New guitar shape for acoustic and classic and not only..

Monday 6 February 18:46:53 UTC 2012

Impressive.Statistics: Posted by AdamX — Monday 06 February 2012, 18:46 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Contemporary music • Re: Raymond, Jean-Marie; Poema Nostalgico

Monday 6 February 18:27:03 UTC 2012

You've come up trumps again!Really nice..Am going over to the d'oz site now with cash in hand!CheersWillboStatistics: Posted by willbo2000 — Monday 06 February 2012, 18:27 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Monday 6 February 18:24:13 UTC 2012

gabasa wrote:es335 wrote:Tom wrote:…As for the basses, I have ordered extra set of Hannbach Silver 200 to go with it when the Dogal bass set wear out.I don't doubt they will pair with the Dogals as well as most basses do, but the tension change will be significant. I would expect it to feel a bit like light top/heavy bottom! … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: "Square" sides or tapered?

Monday 6 February 18:20:45 UTC 2012

I assumed it was done for comfort.Statistics: Posted by AdamX — Monday 06 February 2012, 18:20 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bridge – how many holes?

Monday 6 February 18:01:42 UTC 2012

I've made a few with 12 and can't hear any difference when stringing with only 6. By default I drill the holes very low and get a lot of break angle anyway. I admit 12 is quite cool though. But I don't make them by default because I am lazy :)Statistics: Posted by Alexandru Marian — Monday 06 February 2012, 18:01 … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Anon.; Arirang – Korean Folk Song – Video

Monday 6 February 17:56:14 UTC 2012

Very very nice video.By coincidence, I just posted my humble attempt at this folk tune on a Tenor ukulele,YOu can find that here viewtopic.php?f=48&t=65919Statistics: Posted by Olarte — Monday 06 February 2012, 17:56 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Monday 6 February 17:56:06 UTC 2012

es335 wrote:Tom wrote:…As for the basses, I have ordered extra set of Hannbach Silver 200 to go with it when the Dogal bass set wear out.I don't doubt they will pair with the Dogals as well as most basses do, but the tension change will be significant. I would expect it to feel a bit like light top/heavy bottom! :?Would the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: For everyone who still has not found THE secret

Monday 6 February 17:48:02 UTC 2012

:chaud: :chaud: :chaud: :chaud: DerryStatistics: Posted by Derry — Monday 06 February 2012, 17:48 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Help, Search Function Broken?

Monday 6 February 17:38:23 UTC 2012

It's working now for me. Thanks!Statistics: Posted by MaybeAPlayer — Monday 06 February 2012, 17:38 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: 50 years Living with my Lover: La Guitarra

Monday 6 February 17:29:32 UTC 2012

Aram wrote:Hello Douglas,Welcome to the forum.It's the most exciting introduction I've read on the forum (IMHO)I hope you would be an active member and share your experiences.AramThank you Aram…I am looking forward to participating. I just realized one inaccuracy in my introduction: I actually lowered the action on my GC-10 slightly when I made a new saddle. Cannot understand how … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bridge – how many holes?

Monday 6 February 16:37:59 UTC 2012

The tension and the height of the string above the top. The weight of the bridge is a factor too, so obviously if you're going to use beads made of brass or something heavy this will affect the sound.I don't have a mathematical background, and I cannot point you to any studies on it, but I've come across it many … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: New application for learning score notation

Monday 6 February 16:23:39 UTC 2012

Any plans for a Mac version?Statistics: Posted by Wesjr1 — Monday 06 February 2012, 16:23 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bridge – how many holes?

Monday 6 February 16:22:11 UTC 2012

Marcus Dominelli wrote:Hi Ramon,I believe Robert is correct. The two critical things have not changed: 1) the string tension, and 2) the height of the strings above the soundboard. These are the two critical factors that the bridge must accomplish. What happens after the string goes over the saddle is pretty much irrelevant, as long as there is enough break … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Monday 6 February 16:18:56 UTC 2012

How long do the Dogal trebles last?I am a not a good person to ask about treble longevity. I tend to trash trebles quicker than most players but I got a good month out of them before the skritchy wear started bothering me. They still maintained good intonation, though.Statistics: Posted by Kenbobpdx — Monday 06 February 2012, 16:18 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Ergonomics and Posture for Classical Guitarists • Re: Are footstools or supports the standard?

Monday 6 February 16:17:26 UTC 2012

I use a 6" high tupperware box.Statistics: Posted by AndrewF — Monday 06 February 2012, 16:17 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: New application for learning score notation

Monday 6 February 16:03:55 UTC 2012

Thanks a lot for sugestionsA new Nootka version (0.8 rc1) is available- The sound input was added, so You can take Your instrument and play (or sing) – also a few bugs were fixed …but still it needs to be polishedFull changelog and installs are on http://nootka.sf.netProject has trackers on: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=515420for bugs, features request and so onEaglish in … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Monday 6 February 16:00:59 UTC 2012

Tom wrote:…As for the basses, I have ordered extra set of Hannbach Silver 200 to go with it when the Dogal bass set wear out.I don't doubt they will pair with the Dogals as well as most basses do, but the tension change will be significant. I would expect it to feel a bit like light top/heavy bottom! :?Statistics: Posted by … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Ergonomics and Posture for Classical Guitarists • Re: Hand Size And Scale Length

Monday 6 February 15:52:45 UTC 2012

I am no luthier, but it is my understanding that the distribution of the frets on the fretboard follows a mathematical formula, based on the scale length. It is approximately, "Take 1/18th of the scale length to place the first fret, then take 18th of the remaining length to place the second fret and so forth." This is only an … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Recomend me some DVDs!

Monday 6 February 15:39:08 UTC 2012

Julian Bream My Life in Music is the best of all times DVD for classical guitar.I watch it over and over for countless times.His interview, his playing, his life, friends, black and white footage etc…. Everything you ask for in a good documentary DVD.Statistics: Posted by Tom — Monday 06 February 2012, 15:39 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: 50 years Living with my Lover: La Guitarra

Monday 6 February 15:23:42 UTC 2012

Hello Douglas,Welcome to the forum.It's the most exciting introduction I've read on the forum (IMHO)I hope you would be an active member and share your experiences.AramStatistics: Posted by Aram — Monday 06 February 2012, 15:23 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Recomend me some DVDs!

Monday 6 February 14:28:48 UTC 2012

Roland Dyens – AnywayFrancisco Tarrega, His Life and MusicStatistics: Posted by bunglenutter — Monday 06 February 2012, 14:28 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Forum Help Guides • Re: Compendium of Forum Knowledge

Monday 6 February 14:24:49 UTC 2012

Hi Pat, can you give us an example of something you ought to be able to access but can't?GeoffStatistics: Posted by GeoffB — Monday 06 February 2012, 14:24 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Flamenco technique

Monday 6 February 14:13:02 UTC 2012

Flamenco technique is more sophisticated and complex than classical, in many ways. Of course, the real meat of Flamenco is in the rhythms and "compas", keeping the rhythms and accents consistently. Once you start learning repertoire, try to find a flamenco dance class that you can accompany; it is by far the best way to really internalize the rhythmic styles.Statistics: … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Monday 6 February 13:59:32 UTC 2012

I've put the extra strong version on my spanish guitar.My very first impression is …WOW!I agree with Tom, they are exactly as advertised on their packing box. :bye:FrancescoStatistics: Posted by Francesco Carlo — Monday 06 February 2012, 13:59 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Massimo Piazza,compositions and Playlist

Monday 6 February 13:56:18 UTC 2012

Here is a list of the my compositions for classical guitar and video playlist:Aurora;Colori d'autunno;Synapse;Elisir;Farewe~ giorno d'estate;Cavalcando le nuvole,Sentimento.http://www.youtube.com/playlist?~ … re=mh_lolzTo buy,contact me here: musicaland@alice.itStatistics: Posted by tamada — Monday 06 February 2012, 13:56 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: French polish – how much might a re-finish cost?

Monday 6 February 13:47:16 UTC 2012

I had a new Antonio Marin that needed a complete re-finish after 30 days. An American luthier told me the French polish was not properly cured before the guitar had been sold and shipped. Cost to re-finish was about $300, but that was a few years ago. In today's dollars it might well be around $500.Statistics: Posted by Allan — … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Robert, Jaroslawski; A Sentimental Moment #1 – Video

Monday 6 February 13:37:11 UTC 2012

Hi Robert,Nice composition with great mood. I hear spanish influence there. I enjoyed it. :bravo: PetrStatistics: Posted by petr — Monday 06 February 2012, 13:37 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Monday 6 February 13:21:01 UTC 2012

I put the Dogal string on one my guitar tonight.The first impression is the stings are having a bigger diameter than other strings.After 5-10 min of brief playing , I have nothing negative with the basses.. They are just as good as many others basses I have tried, except the La Bella pure sliver and Hannbach silver 200 (purple) of … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Juan Hernandez

Monday 6 February 13:18:12 UTC 2012

Which Model? From whom did you by it? I played the Concierto model and was very impressed.Welcome to the forum.Regards, RichStatistics: Posted by Moderndandy — Monday 06 February 2012, 13:18 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: 10-Strings Guitar

Monday 6 February 13:07:50 UTC 2012

HHNLim wrote:Is there some literature regarding the 10 strings guitar available now? It is going to be a whole new experience for me and if I do convert, chances are I will give up the 6th strings guitar.See the "Sheet Music" page on my site, http://www.tenstringguitar.INFOThere is a link to Jouni Stenroos's KELLNER transcriptions, some of which are quite … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: Anyone tried the Yamaha Pocketrak?

Monday 6 February 11:39:53 UTC 2012

If you have an iPhone, probably the cheapest way to go is with recording apps like GuitarBand, StudioMiniX and iMovies if you want video recording capability. I'm sure that other smart phones have similar products.Statistics: Posted by Vito Simplicio — Monday 06 February 2012, 11:39 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Monday 6 February 11:38:13 UTC 2012

Played mine for 2 months now and can't still hear a significant degradation! Paired them just recently with new Cantigas which works fine after a short wear-in period for the basses.IMO they proofed to be less vulnerable to nail wear as Regals or Titanium strings e.g. and there intonation shift in the warm-up phase becomes a bit lesser with the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Porto plugs

Monday 6 February 11:36:30 UTC 2012

That is creepy.Statistics: Posted by Brian McCombs — Monday 06 February 2012, 11:36 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cocobolo or Smoke-obolo?

Monday 6 February 11:26:26 UTC 2012

Well I'll bend the next sets using the same process. As long as I'm not charring them….They smell very pleasing while they are steaming away.Statistics: Posted by Brian McCombs — Monday 06 February 2012, 11:26 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: Zoom H2. Are They all Noisy?

Monday 6 February 11:03:18 UTC 2012

I felt I should post this to put the record straight in case somebody stumbles across this thread in the future and gets the impression that the H2 is inherently noisy. Well, I am now getting nice recordings with low noise levels from battery or mains power and using a variety of positions and recording levels. It's a bit of … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Anyone tried the Yamaha Pocketrak?

Monday 6 February 10:30:04 UTC 2012

hi everyone,I am looking about for a cheap portable recorder – the Zooms seem to be very popular, but what about the alternatives? Has anyone tried the Yamaha Pocketraks – there seem to be several models, the cheapest being the C24, about £100 with Cubase thrown in, which seems a goo deal to me. Anybody tried these or compared them … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Dull G String(no pun intended!)

Monday 6 February 9:25:20 UTC 2012

Apologies, I totally forgot to mention that carbon treble strings are super slippery. The ordinary knot at the bridge will just pull through. I put an extra knot an inch from the end, before I tie the string on. Some melt the end into a ball with a match.Regards TimStatistics: Posted by OldPotter — Monday 06 February 2012, 09:25 am … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Porto plugs

Monday 6 February 9:17:00 UTC 2012

Michael, inspired with you and you contribution , I did this :fume:Statistics: Posted by Slavko Fric — Monday 06 February 2012, 09:17 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Ramirez

Monday 6 February 9:16:04 UTC 2012

OKnow I understand… but can't help. I have no idea without a number on it, which is the present system. I think a few people have tried emailing the company in Madrid and did get an answer eventually.Regards TimStatistics: Posted by OldPotter — Monday 06 February 2012, 09:16 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: French polish – how much might a re-finish cost?

Monday 6 February 9:07:25 UTC 2012

It wouldn't be unusual for a 5 year old guitar to show wome wear on the French polish – either because the original finish wasn't great, or because the previous owner wasn't as careful with it as they could have been.If it's just a straight re-polishing job (i.e. no marks in the wood itself) then I charge £350 – not … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: LaBella 850 series

Monday 6 February 9:05:49 UTC 2012

I have tried LaBella 850 from SBM recently. I don't quite impress with the intonation of their strings. The sound is quite mellow and bunchy for the bass. The trebles are bright and easy to control.hyzStatistics: Posted by hyz — Monday 06 February 2012, 09:05 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hello from Brazil

Monday 6 February 9:00:02 UTC 2012

Hi felipetozatoWelcome to the forum, I'm sure you will find it interesting and useful. I Look forward to seeing you around the forum.Statistics: Posted by Montgomery — Monday 06 February 2012, 09:00 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Composers' Workshop • Re: One of my compositions

Monday 6 February 8:23:11 UTC 2012

Cool !Thanks for sharing.Is there a specific plan for this piece ? How did you write it (which process ? written "on table" or with an instrument ?).I don't know who the guitarist is but he seems to have at least a pretty amazing technique. Was it done in one take ?Statistics: Posted by Praeludium — Monday 06 February 2012, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Durant, Paul; Vivace in A minor – Baroque Lute

Monday 6 February 7:50:38 UTC 2012

This is beautiful piece and great performance. I enjoyed it. :bravo: :merci: PetrStatistics: Posted by petr — Monday 06 February 2012, 07:50 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hello from Arizona

Monday 6 February 7:47:05 UTC 2012

Hello again jmardinly.Thanks for posting your detailed introduction here. This may allow you to meet some of our other members. There is lots of interest on the forum, so have a good look around and enjoy it.Statistics: Posted by George Crocket — Monday 06 February 2012, 07:47 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Yamaha GC30 w/ milky poly finish problem

Monday 6 February 7:36:06 UTC 2012

Joe,whatever you want to do, I suggest you take the advice from professional luthier. Taking advice from some amateur non-qualified luthier may lead you to a result which you do not desire.hyzStatistics: Posted by hyz — Monday 06 February 2012, 07:36 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Help, Search Function Broken?

Monday 6 February 7:25:06 UTC 2012

I have the same problem, any search comes back as "no matches."Statistics: Posted by serge5 — Monday 06 February 2012, 07:25 am [Link]

Guitarist.com Blog » Paul Durant: Vivace in A Minor – Daniel Shoskes, Baroque Lute

Monday 6 February 7:24:24 UTC 2012

From the suite in A minor by Paul Charles Durant for baroque lute. Durant lived in the mid 18th century and was one of the last composers for the lute prior to the Classical period. Daniel Shoskes performs on a Rutherford 13-course baroque lute. [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: For everyone who still has not found THE secret

Monday 6 February 6:24:52 UTC 2012

maybe he´s just on with something…Statistics: Posted by mqbernardo — Monday 06 February 2012, 06:24 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Contemporary music • Re: Pujol, M. D.; Milonga from Suite del Plata No. 1 – Vide

Monday 6 February 6:22:45 UTC 2012

Thanks, I'm so glad you all enjoyed it…PatD: Yes, that's a good tango–fun to play and not terribly difficult. In fact, I did learn the whole first suite. The Murga is really a fun piece to play, too.Statistics: Posted by oski79 — Monday 06 February 2012, 06:22 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Composers' Workshop • Re: One of my compositions

Monday 6 February 6:06:35 UTC 2012

[quote="Toccata"3. I have 3 others--all are solo guitar pieces. They are all of a similar length and difficulty--one is probably even worse! [/quote]Your Fantasy is definitely harder to play!I've played through "Sequentia Offertorium", and even memorized a good chunk of it. It is quite difficult! I plan on performing and recording it someday.I believe it is a substantial addition to … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: For everyone who still has not found THE secret

Monday 6 February 6:06:34 UTC 2012

The author is definitely on to something ! Today I happen to have the flu and a fever-(39.6 C.) so I turned on the hi fi,and guess what–it sounds as crappy as I feel!Statistics: Posted by Efialtis — Monday 06 February 2012, 06:06 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Hello from Arizona

Monday 6 February 5:59:48 UTC 2012

I started playing ~50 years ago. I stumbled across this site while looking for some background on the superb Nicola Hall. There was one post that she had encountered hand problems and switched to a legal career. This really struck me, as I had a similar problem (although I never played like her-just tried to.) I wrote a post describing … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Robert, Jaroslawski; A Sentimental Moment #2 – Video

Monday 6 February 5:51:08 UTC 2012

Hello there,here's a little film with one of my instant or spontaneous compositions. I explore a theme in different ways in several parts, and here's the second: target="_blank">object YoutubeIt is played on my new Stenzel 2011 (December), so the guitar is still a bit new for me, and the slightly larger scale and width of the neck require more fine … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Knust, Emanuel; Esculturas – Video

Monday 6 February 5:43:46 UTC 2012

Wow! That is an excellent composition! I know this is probably way off the mark, but i was hearing O' Carolan sojourning to Latin America.Statistics: Posted by PatD — Monday 06 February 2012, 05:43 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • New guitar shape for acoustic and classic and not only..this

Monday 6 February 5:37:07 UTC 2012

Wow. I don't know what I was expecting to hear, but the tone quality was vastly beyond my expectations. Recycled paper? Who would have ever guessed that?Statistics: Posted by ShaneSingleton — Monday 06 February 2012, 05:37 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Whatever happened to Nicola Hall?

Monday 6 February 5:33:04 UTC 2012

I never watched Nicola Hall play, but hearing her perform, and knowing that she studied with John Williams, I doubt one can blame her technique for her problems. I did see Jose Rey de la Torre in performance many years before I studied with him, plus he was a friend of my teacher, and I am sure there was no … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Piazza, Massimo; Farewell – Video

Monday 6 February 5:20:10 UTC 2012

lovely composition! I will look for more of your videos.Statistics: Posted by PatD — Monday 06 February 2012, 05:20 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cocobolo or Smoke-obolo?

Monday 6 February 4:12:35 UTC 2012

The high oil content does it. I've had indian rw, brazilian, and camatillo rw all go virtually black from the bending, but after sanding it looks fine. Most of the burnt resins just crumble away.Statistics: Posted by Marcus Dominelli — Monday 06 February 2012, 04:12 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Francisco Tárrega • Re: Tárrega, Francisco; Estudio en mi minor – Ukulele D04 Vi

Monday 6 February 3:41:12 UTC 2012

What fun, Ivan! :applauso:Thanks for posting it. :DStatistics: Posted by lagartija — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:41 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: New guitar shape for acoustic and classic and not only..

Monday 6 February 3:40:28 UTC 2012

Hi Chris, after hearing the clips I have to say I'm really impressed. I'm not sure which one I like best but they're all creative and unique! I actually thought you were kidding at first but video clips don't lie. Good work!Statistics: Posted by Dave1947 — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:40 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Julian Bream

Monday 6 February 3:38:47 UTC 2012

If, as you say, these pieces successfully convey the composer's language onto the instrument, then:(i) they would have written far more than one solo piece each; andAs we say in Italy, history isn't written with "ifs" and "buts." Rather than speculating how Tippett or Britten felt about the instrument, I'll take what they gave us as the basis for my … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Wound trebles or at least wound G. Any advantage ?

Monday 6 February 3:33:44 UTC 2012

ok, is there any luthier that is known for conquering this peculiarity w/out fail? ps…this joint is awesome. revived a 4 year old post an got a response very quickly! :D :bravo:Statistics: Posted by mexitaly — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:33 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Robert, Jaroslawski; A Sentimental Moment #1 – Video

Monday 6 February 3:32:24 UTC 2012

roses.jpgCongratulations on a beautiful composition, Robert. It is properly named as the melody and tempo lends itself to very gentle, meditative mood. I really enjoyed listening to the music from your heart. We shall treasure it.Thank you. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:32 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cocobolo or Smoke-obolo?

Monday 6 February 3:16:15 UTC 2012

Cocobolo oxidizes very quickly with heat. It'll be fine.Statistics: Posted by Waddy Thomson — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:16 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Agustín Barrios Mangoré • Re: Barrios Mangoré, Agustín; La Catedral – II Andante Relig

Monday 6 February 3:15:58 UTC 2012

:bravo: Very nice interpretation, Bushweek.Thank you for giving us this opportunity to hear you play. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:15 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Francisco Tárrega • Re: Tárrega, Francisco; Estudio en mi minor – Ukulele D04 Vi

Monday 6 February 3:11:01 UTC 2012

:bravo: Fantastic!I never would have thought that anything by Tarrega could been played on a ukulele. It sounds nice.Thank you. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:11 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Romantic and Modern music • Re: Llobet, Miguel; El Noi De La Mare

Monday 6 February 3:04:59 UTC 2012

:bravo: Welcome to the forum, Datsma.Beautiful interpretation of one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Thank you for sharing it with us. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Monday 06 February 2012, 03:04 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: "Square" sides or tapered?

Monday 6 February 1:07:17 UTC 2012

When I refer to a "square" box I'm bowing to the philosophy of Eugene Clark in his article in GAL journal, where he insists that the top of the guitar should be "plane" from nut to tail (discounting the dome of the soundboard) and that when viewed from the side there is no taper. I've always assumed that those who … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: For everyone who still has not found THE secret

Monday 6 February 1:00:47 UTC 2012

Well I read it twice and it's still a secret to me. That's 5 minutes I'll never get back thanks.Statistics: Posted by Brian McCombs — Monday 06 February 2012, 01:00 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Juan Hernandez

Monday 6 February 0:57:27 UTC 2012

Welcome to Delcamp, Juan, it's good that you have joined with our community of classical guitarists, I look forward to see you around the forum.Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Monday 06 February 2012, 00:57 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: "Square" sides or tapered?

Monday 6 February 0:52:55 UTC 2012

This is my first build. I tapered the sides because all of the lore and instruction books/sites i found on how to build classical guitars told me i had to. If someone can explain how exactly that principle affects the sound i would love to know. What i'm thinking is it has nothing to do with sound at all, and … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: "Square" sides or tapered?

Monday 6 February 0:48:06 UTC 2012

Good question. I've wondered that myself as both books I've referenced to build my guitars say to taper them…..I do. I've owned a few economy guitars that had flat backs and no taper. I'm sure there are some very fine instruments made the same way so I'm sure it isn't something that is Must Do for quality purposes. If I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cocobolo or Smoke-obolo?

Monday 6 February 0:41:46 UTC 2012

Brian – I usually use cocobola bindings with indian rosewood B&S, so I've seen a few sets of bent bindings. They do usually come out of the bender looking very dark, typically. Much more so than they are after installation and scraping. Look at my pictures in the "how many holes in a bridge" thread – those are cocobola bindings, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: Zoom H2. Are They all Noisy?

Monday 6 February 0:31:06 UTC 2012

Vlad Kosulin wrote:I am curious: what is considered the best cut-off frequency for low-cut filter for CG recording through microphone?I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear me say there is no 'best'. But I will say the frequency and its roll is not related to the source (in this case the Classical Guitar) but rather to the environment. You … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Word games • Re: Musical acronyms

Monday 6 February 0:19:26 UTC 2012

StretchedTightly,ReleasesInterestin~ onGuitarsStatistics: Posted by Pierre330 — Monday 06 February 2012, 00:19 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Wound trebles or at least wound G. Any advantage ?

Monday 6 February 0:16:52 UTC 2012

Nick Cutroneo wrote:mexitaly wrote:nick, is this your observation or is this a standard complaint?Both. While I enjoy my guitar and think on the whole it is a well balanced instrument, the 3rd string can easily be played in a non-attractive way. You have to spend time on how to touch and play the 3rd string to get a pleasant sound … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Julian Bream

Monday 6 February 0:02:23 UTC 2012

Both. But the majority of "students" are still having to endure a lesson they don't particularly like.Statistics: Posted by 60moo — Monday 06 February 2012, 00:02 am [Link]

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    • 1 Richard Corr // Feb 11, 2010 at %I:%M %p

      To dmslabbert:

      Glad you liked the quality of the paper used in my books. You may be interested to know that the paper used was 105gsm Matt Art for the interior pages, with the cover printed on gloss 1/s lamination artboard at a weight 260gsm.

    • 2 John Hall // Apr 15, 2011 at %I:%M %p

      Thank you for the endorsement of my book of etudes. I have a new web site and hope you will find the blog interesting.

    • 3 Jorge al Najjar // May 28, 2011 at %I:%M %p

      Hi, and thanks for the post :) My work might not be the ‘Classical Guitar’ people are expecting, but somewhere in my head I did these videos with the aim of causing a sensation on the viewer similar to the one that might happen if you are a Tom & Jerry fan (as I am) and watch Beavis & Butthead with usual cartoon expectations in mind, and then ponder if that is a “real” cartoon (as I did). (And, yes, B&B is a great(est) cartoon ;) . Hope you enjoy, and there is a lot more coming.

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