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 » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Average life of treble vs bass strings

Monday 26 March 23:37:41 UTC 2012

George Crocket wrote:I have always found my basses wearing out before my trebles. As a result I have recently started to change the bass strings only, aiming to try two bass cycles to every one treble cycle. It's too soon for me to reach any conclusions, though.I am just the opposite. I eat through trebles quickly. My norm is two … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Noad's Study in Ligados

Monday 26 March 23:03:34 UTC 2012

Whole note it is. I stand corrected.JackStatistics: Posted by wianno — Monday 26 March 2012, 23:03 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Average life of treble vs bass strings

Monday 26 March 22:51:52 UTC 2012

My trebles always wear out (become dull) faster than basses, but I replace all 6 at once, because I am still looking for the best set.Statistics: Posted by Vlad Kosulin — Monday 26 March 2012, 22:51 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Average life of treble vs bass strings

Monday 26 March 22:49:47 UTC 2012

George Crocket wrote:I have always found my basses wearing out before my trebles. As a result I have recently started to change the bass strings only, aiming to try two bass cycles to every one treble cycle. It's too soon for me to reach any conclusions, though.I would agree. My basses seem to wear more quickly too. I've never tried … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Zoran Dukic – world's best guitarist

Monday 26 March 22:47:11 UTC 2012

Josey wrote:So which other guitarists are worthy of mention? Andres Segovia? – haha only kidding!Agreed, there is no reason to mention The Very Best. Once someone else becomes the internationally established benchmark of success in the CG world, a position Segovia firmly retains even some 25 years after his death, then we can discuss it.Statistics: Posted by David_Norton — Monday … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hello from Russianguitarsk, Iowa

Monday 26 March 22:46:19 UTC 2012

Welcome. I lived in Iowa City for a couple of years in the mid 80's . I really enjoyed living there. Who knows, if and when high rents drive me out of Santa Barbara, I may end up back there!Statistics: Posted by Greg Johnson — Monday 26 March 2012, 22:46 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: How to start playing classical guitar?

Monday 26 March 22:44:23 UTC 2012

Speaking from bitter experience, whatever you do, whichever route you take, please PLEASE try to get good direction (book OR teacher) on good use of hands. I wasted early years just trying to PLAY classical guitar music with poorly placed hands. When I was shown how to, and the importance of HOW TO, my classical guitar playing progressed rapidly. So … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Zoran Dukic – world's best guitarist

Monday 26 March 22:23:34 UTC 2012

Check out:Jorge Caballero playing Bach (especially the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue), Alban Berg Piano Sonata, or Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. :shock: Remi Boucher playing his solo guitar version of Rodrigo Concierto de AranjuezPetri Kumela Bach ChaconneStatistics: Posted by Toccata — Monday 26 March 2012, 22:23 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: How to start playing classical guitar?

Monday 26 March 22:10:41 UTC 2012

my advice would be:1.) not to to take up learning to play the classical guitar.2.) if you ignore 1.) then proceed to 3.)3.) rethink 1.) again4.) follow all of the above5.) and number 4.) especiallygood luck,duggieoh and if you find a teacher who only accepts dedicated and goal driven students then pay him enormous sums of money because he is … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: David Bedford

Monday 26 March 22:04:21 UTC 2012

There's an old film of a performance – search YouTube for timwalkerguitaristStatistics: Posted by wingarratta — Monday 26 March 2012, 22:04 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Average life of treble vs bass strings

Monday 26 March 22:02:37 UTC 2012

I have always found my basses wearing out before my trebles. As a result I have recently started to change the bass strings only, aiming to try two bass cycles to every one treble cycle. It's too soon for me to reach any conclusions, though.Statistics: Posted by George Crocket — Monday 26 March 2012, 22:02 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Average life of treble vs bass strings

Monday 26 March 21:58:55 UTC 2012

What is your opinion of the average life of a treble set of strings vs. a bass set. In the past I have just bought one whole set and done a replacement. But I have heard opinions on this board that seem to indicate that 2 or 3 sets of bass strings could be used for one set of treble … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hi from a guitar enthusiast

Monday 26 March 21:58:23 UTC 2012

Well, not all of our members play, and in your introduction you mentioned your CD collection rather than your playing. What sort of guitar(s) do you have, and what sort of music do you prefer?Statistics: Posted by George Crocket — Monday 26 March 2012, 21:58 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 21:48:43 UTC 2012

rojarosguitar wrote:AdamX wrote:I guess cedar. Robert, you play really well. Are you a professional player?AdamX, many thanks for your kind words. No, I'm not a professional player, but kind of passionate about music …As to the guitar, I'll keep quiet for a little while yet … it's really fun. I'm even thinking of throwing other guitars into the game, but … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Zoran Dukic – world's best guitarist

Monday 26 March 21:29:41 UTC 2012

Hello,has anyone here heard the performances of Zoran Dukic?He has won more first prizes at competitions that any other guitarist and plays at the highest level.To hear some live concerts have a look at this: http://www.plushmusic.tv/channels/8TL/zoran-dukic.htmlZoran Dukic studies in Cologne, Germany with Hubert Käppel, who is known as the organizer of the well-known Koblenz guitar festival.That title about the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our scores for classical guitar • Re: [PDF] Flynn, Dave; Gymno'Paddy No.1

Monday 26 March 21:12:46 UTC 2012

Dave, thank you for sharing your composition with us. Very generous of you! :merci: :bye:Statistics: Posted by Erik Zurcher — Monday 26 March 2012, 21:12 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our scores for classical guitar • Re: [PDF] Flynn, Dave; Gymno'Paddy No.1

Monday 26 March 21:04:41 UTC 2012

Hi David,Glad you like the music.There is no score for 'The Mahatma of the Glen', it's all in my head, I've never written it down!If I ever do I'll let you know. Thanks for buying the Contemporary Anthology, if you enjoy it maybe you'll enjoy my book too!CheersDaveStatistics: Posted by Dave Flynn — Monday 26 March 2012, 21:04 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • "Andres Segovia Competition for young guitarists" in Germany

Monday 26 March 20:46:04 UTC 2012

Hello,this year the German town Velbert will host the 7th International Competition for Young Guitarists «Andrés Segovia» from 6th to 9th June 2012.This is one of the most important competition for young guitarists…This year 92 guitarists from 22 different countries have entered this years competition, which is a very large number of talented players!If they play as well as players … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Bottai, Fausto; Certaldo (for flute and lute) Video

Monday 26 March 20:43:10 UTC 2012

Hi,I thought your lute piece was nice and the music fit the instrument quite well. I admire anyone who's brave enough to take up the lute because it seems very daunting to me. Too many strings, too few frets. I would be lost.That sounded like an old wood flute to me. If I can make a suggestion, I would think … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Any really good new works for guitar in last ten years?

Monday 26 March 19:11:54 UTC 2012

As I think on it, there's been a significant influx from 2002-2005. That was when the "Segovia Archives" material were published by Editions Berben, something like 30-40 pieces. There's a lot of very good music in there.Statistics: Posted by David_Norton — Monday 26 March 2012, 19:11 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • help neaded

Monday 26 March 19:07:41 UTC 2012

Hi all i need some help in identifing some guitars i am considering but have not got a clue wich is good or bad, they are both in good condition and are nylon string classical guitars, the first one is old it is torre-flemenco spagnola dallas-london, and the other is said to be 4 yrs old and its make shen … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Noad's Study in Ligados

Monday 26 March 18:59:34 UTC 2012

Jack,In the 4th edition that sixth string G is held all the way through the 7th measure, so it looks like it has been changed for the very reason Sammy is struggling with it. The only technical advice I can give is to practice that specific slur on its own. It might even make sense to vary it by placing … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Any really good new works for guitar in last ten years?

Monday 26 March 18:51:07 UTC 2012

Brian Ferneyhough's "No time (at all)" for two guitars?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M~ m –>It's pretty good (esp. if you're good at feeling 72/35).Statistics: Posted by Artem — Monday 26 March 2012, 18:51 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Noad's Study in Ligados

Monday 26 March 18:45:37 UTC 2012

wianno wrote:Sammy,The sixth string G in measure six, which seems to be what you refer to, only is held through the first beat in the seventh measure, so can't affect the execution of the slur you mention.JackNot in my version (attached – 1st edition, page 91). The G in bar 7 is definately a whole note which must be held … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Fretboard contribute to sound?

Monday 26 March 18:14:10 UTC 2012

rojarosguitar wrote:" … my only argument is, that, because everything else is quieter, you can clearly hear the contribution of the fretboard to sound radiation."I figured that was your point, but since you didn't say it explicitly I wanted to head off other interpretations before they got a toe hold. Maybe I should have been more explicit. As I said, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Aargh! I'm going to chuck my cabinet scraper in the bin!

Monday 26 March 18:04:25 UTC 2012

On sanders…One of my students got apiece of A-10 air hardening tool steel to make a scraper out of. When he got it it was in the 'soft' condition, but you might not have thought so if you tried cutting it. After sawing and filing it to shape, he cooked it in my little furnace, and cooled it in air … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Ergonomics and Posture for Classical Guitarists • Re: Scale length and neck width versus hand size

Monday 26 March 18:01:55 UTC 2012

The other hand size topic; I suggest data merge.Statistics: Posted by LVR — Monday 26 March 2012, 18:01 pm [Link]

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

Monday 26 March 18:00:05 UTC 2012

kechance wrote:I'm still hoping to receive more hand measurements on this thread – there have been almost 2000 views, but only approx 20 measurements of hands.There seem to be 2 concurrent topics on handsize and scale length. Perhaps you can use data from the other thread as well. It's called something like "Hand size and neck length and width." I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Aargh! I'm going to chuck my cabinet scraper in the bin!

Monday 26 March 17:59:22 UTC 2012

Robert England asked:"What are the actual dimensions of the "thick" and "thin" scrapers you are talking about?"I made my first ones out of a power hacksaw blade, about 2.5mm thick. We've made them up to 6mm, but the ones he's making now are 3.5mm. Remember, these are fully hard tool steel. senunkan wrote:"In my country where they sell Traditional Chinese … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Teachers in Japan?

Monday 26 March 16:42:34 UTC 2012

rhodetyl000 wrote:I have a scholarship to study guitar this summer. I can use it to travel anywhere. I'm already going to Europe, but I'm also interested in Japan (because Japan is cool). Are there any great teachers in Japan? If so, how can I contact them? Thanks!Tomonori Arai (新井伴典)Shin-ichi Fukuda (福田 進) (ふくだ しんいち)Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木一郎) (バルセロナ)and many more.Japan is … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Milán, Luis; Fantasia del primero tono n.1 – Video

Monday 26 March 16:33:58 UTC 2012

Many thanks, dmcharg and try!best wishesRobertStatistics: Posted by rojarosguitar — Monday 26 March 2012, 16:33 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 16:32:34 UTC 2012

AdamX wrote:I guess cedar. Robert, you play really well. Are you a professional player?AdamX, many thanks for your kind words. No, I'm not a professional player, but kind of passionate about music …As to the guitar, I'll keep quiet for a little while yet … it's really fun. I'm even thinking of throwing other guitars into the game, but I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Around the Samovar

Monday 26 March 16:25:49 UTC 2012

sixmagicstrings wrote:Hi Vladwho is the guitarist on the first video? This is a really wonderful performance, thanks for posting!!!SixmagicstringsMikhail (Mihail, Michael) Goldort from Russia http://www.michaelgoldort.de/en/ind~ love his play of Gnossienne No.1 (available on youtube)Statistics: Posted by Vlad Kosulin — Monday 26 March 2012, 16:25 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Aargh! I'm going to chuck my cabinet scraper in the bin!

Monday 26 March 16:24:48 UTC 2012

I'd advise caution when using a belt sander on metal. I once tried to sand the "teeth" off a file to make a safe edge, and the sparks started the accumulated wood dust inside the sander smoldering. First time I ever discharged a fire extinguisher. Sander survived, with a hole burned through the plastic guard at the back of the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Narciso Yepes (1927-1997)

Monday 26 March 16:23:00 UTC 2012

Denian Arcoleo wrote:Yes, I love Yepes' playing very much. It has so much character and articulation and genuine musicianship; a great great player.He has his moments, but he's a rather controversial player, as far as I can see. I would not shower him with as much praise as you do…Statistics: Posted by Penn — Monday 26 March 2012, 16:23 pm … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Music for guitar(s) and choir

Monday 26 March 16:19:43 UTC 2012

Jeffrey Van has written a number of choral/guitar works. They are fairly religious (e.g.Christmas or Easter themes) in context.Statistics: Posted by David_Norton — Monday 26 March 2012, 16:19 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hi from a guitar enthusiast

Monday 26 March 16:17:45 UTC 2012

George Crocket wrote:I am curious as to wether you play yourself or not?Of course I play. What makes you think I don't!? :DStatistics: Posted by Penn — Monday 26 March 2012, 16:17 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our facsimiles • Re: Losy, J. A.; Manuscrit Moravské zemské muzeum [FAC]

Monday 26 March 16:15:39 UTC 2012

Thank you Francis. Welcome to the English forum. I added a translation to your post. If you speak English, I invite you to introduce yourself here.Merci, Francis. Bienvenue au forum anglophone. J'ai inséré une traduction dans votre message. Si vous parlez anglais, je vous invite à vous présenter ici.Geoff :bye:Statistics: Posted by GeoffB — Monday 26 March 2012, 16:15 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Aargh! I'm going to chuck my cabinet scraper in the bin!

Monday 26 March 16:15:09 UTC 2012

Lately Ive sharpening mine with a belt sander. Im getting very nice thin shavings. Put two pieces of wood on each side of the scraper and set it on the sander. I go straight from the sander to scraping. Wear saftety glasses!Statistics: Posted by ghenson — Monday 26 March 2012, 16:15 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Endurance problem playing Estudio 10 by Villa-Lobos (SLU

Monday 26 March 15:16:52 UTC 2012

I think Mr Lawson's advice concerning the involvement of the wrist is the solution to this problem. The question becomes, how to develop a feel for it. Let me just say that I read Carlavaro for years without understanding what he meant when he said, "one must involve the hand,wrist and arm in the movement of the fingers"One way to … [Link]

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

Monday 26 March 15:07:52 UTC 2012

Very nice, Robert. I had problems accessing the video on my iPad yesterday but finally got to hear it. Nice separation of voices and clarity as I would expect from your Stenzel and the string combo. Will you be sharing more of your Renaissance playing with us? Please?Statistics: Posted by Kenbobpdx — Monday 26 March 2012, 15:07 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 15:07:30 UTC 2012

So far 9 definite votes for cedar and 4 for spruce.The odds are now against me as I guessed spruce, but I'm standing by my decision!So Robert……..what is it?Statistics: Posted by gabasa — Monday 26 March 2012, 15:07 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Torres tornavoz

Monday 26 March 15:04:20 UTC 2012

Michael,Because this is one of your favorite subjects, I will ask you.I think the Tornavoz is just cool looking. Always wondered how it would effect just about every guitar I owned! How do you secure your design to the guitar? I am asking this for reasons related to future guitar repairs and inspections. Are they designed so they can be … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 14:50:37 UTC 2012

:wink: You might be tempted by the information that my new Stenzel is cedar with Honduran b&s. It is not this guitar.Statistics: Posted by rojarosguitar — Monday 26 March 2012, 14:50 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 14:48:54 UTC 2012

Alexandru Marian wrote:Looks like i'll have to burn these at the next BBQYou can easily stain the sapwood portion to make it look like heartwood.Statistics: Posted by HNLim — Monday 26 March 2012, 14:48 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Fretboard contribute to sound?

Monday 26 March 14:44:22 UTC 2012

Alan Carruth wrote:… comparing solid body electric guitars and classical guitars is a pretty big stretch. On a solid body the neck is the most flexible part of the structure, on a classical it's one of the stiffest, and far less flexible than the soundboard in any case…Alan, as I brought the solid body electric guitar into discussion, I should … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Fretboard contribute to sound?

Monday 26 March 14:39:48 UTC 2012

A few years ago I got into the habit of using madagascar rw for the fingerboards of my flamenca blanca models. I liked the look of it, and there was a historical precedent for using rw instead of ebony on the flamenco guitars.Last year someone brought back one of these guitars for a new fingerboard. The owner never cut his … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: bad habits

Monday 26 March 14:31:50 UTC 2012

AndrewF wrote:I've been practising the Segovia scales on a Yamaha guitalele while watching TV. So now I have developed the bad habit of playing all my scales with the thumb of my right hand because the guitalele is so difficult to hold normally. At least that's one habit I know how to cure!Haha! I love my Guitalele… I actually think … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Torres tornavoz

Monday 26 March 14:22:33 UTC 2012

HNLim wrote:pogmoor wrote:The two tornaozs (is that the plural of tornavoz?) illustrated here are of different construction, one metal sheet and the other carbon fibre grid. Does this difference lead to any difference in effect on the sound?Here is one with the best of both world.Tornavoces is the plural, I believe.The photos quoted are mine. Carbon fiber tornavoz with copper … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Giuliani 120 Arpeggios: any tips?

Monday 26 March 12:44:00 UTC 2012

Re: the cello comment, maybe to not forget the bass?!Sperryjane, pumping nylon contains all 120 studies and Scott Tenant breaks them down into groups which work well at strengthening certain fingerings. You could do worse than check out his approach to them.cheersJDCStatistics: Posted by jimmyblues — Monday 26 March 2012, 12:44 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Krylov, Andrei; Variations for Russian Folk Song Maple

Monday 26 March 12:38:14 UTC 2012

Another great piece Andrei, Thanks for the link.Is that your House that you are playing in ? if so like me you have a lot of books.Cheers Wayne S.Statistics: Posted by Wayne S — Monday 26 March 2012, 12:38 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Intermezzo

Monday 26 March 12:33:29 UTC 2012

Guitarist1,Sorry i don't know of any. There is a fairly simple/intermediate arrangement available in the public domain, but it is without the tremolo. You could use it as a basis to make your own arrangement if you like. If you're interested, I'll dig out the linkrgdsJDCStatistics: Posted by jimmyblues — Monday 26 March 2012, 12:33 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Kazuo Sato Prelude Classical Guitar

Monday 26 March 11:51:19 UTC 2012

The Prelude is Sato's student model guitar, selling for about 4,000 Euros. Most of the work in its construction is done by others outside the Sato workshop using plans and materials supplied by Sato, but Sato himself does the final work and setup. Hope this helps.Statistics: Posted by Intune — Monday 26 March 2012, 11:51 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Contemporary music • Re: Pujol, M. D.; Milonga – Video

Monday 26 March 11:49:24 UTC 2012

Thank you for posting this recording. I think this has become my favorite piece to hear. You have a very clear tone and the rhymth is just outstanding.Thanks again.Statistics: Posted by ceddia — Monday 26 March 2012, 11:49 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Romantic and Modern music • Craeijvanger, Karel Arnoldus;op.3 Introduction et variations

Monday 26 March 11:41:16 UTC 2012

[Vimeo]http://vimeo.com/38067913[/V~ Fernandops: is this working??Statistics: Posted by fer nan do — Monday 26 March 2012, 11:41 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our scores for classical guitar • Re: [PDF] Biale, Sébastien; Les goélands

Monday 26 March 11:41:11 UTC 2012

Very sweet and pretty, Sebastien. :bravo: :merci: VitoStatistics: Posted by Vito Simplicio — Monday 26 March 2012, 11:41 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Aargh! I'm going to chuck my cabinet scraper in the bin!

Monday 26 March 11:21:46 UTC 2012

I improved a lot after switching to harder scrapers (sandvik, in my case) – but i only use it on hardwoods. There's a nice vídeo by brian boggs on teh net showing his method that ( for me) works rather nicely. FWIW i take them to a 8000 naniwa superstone, but maybe 5000 would be enough? I'm only doing this … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 11:21:08 UTC 2012

It's hard to guess from YouTube's sound quality and in particular from an audiance point of view. Would be much easier to solve when playing the guitar myself, with blindfold and nose-clip of course. :wink: Nevertheless I vote for Cedar as well.Statistics: Posted by es335 — Monday 26 March 2012, 11:21 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Brown bands appeared on spruce top

Monday 26 March 11:16:08 UTC 2012

Here are a couple Romanillos' with brown bands.Statistics: Posted by Alexandru Marian — Monday 26 March 2012, 11:16 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Punchy Bass

Monday 26 March 10:19:28 UTC 2012

At 0.4, iwould suggest you a bright Hannabach 815 red (Extra/Super? HT) or a warmer blue Augustine (a bit less tense too) E.Statistics: Posted by ben etow — Monday 26 March 2012, 10:19 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 10:12:03 UTC 2012

Great! I hope you don't charge a whole lot more because of that miserable sapwoodStatistics: Posted by Alexandru Marian — Monday 26 March 2012, 10:12 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 9:58:01 UTC 2012

Alex, if you want i can burn them for you. I have a painstakingly built and certified tonewood burner facility going on.Statistics: Posted by mqbernardo — Monday 26 March 2012, 09:58 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Aargh! I'm going to chuck my cabinet scraper in the bin!

Monday 26 March 9:56:03 UTC 2012

That Veritas variable burnisher is a piece of crap. If anyone wants to buy mine and try their own luck with it, send a PM.For me, life got a lot easier once I got a decent whetstone setup. A face trued to 8000 grit produces a beautiful burr using a regular stick burnisher. Also, I don't know what kind of … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Inside a Smallman Guitar

Monday 26 March 9:49:47 UTC 2012

I personally love the sound of the Smallman although it could have more potential if he cleaned it up a little.Statistics: Posted by nerdz1 — Monday 26 March 2012, 09:49 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Which Yamaha GC will you choose?

Monday 26 March 9:39:48 UTC 2012

HNLim wrote:What do you think if I use ebony for the GC41 Deluxe?Errr…..haha, no comment. Don't think this question is for me. Hahaha!Cheers!chelsonStatistics: Posted by chelson — Monday 26 March 2012, 09:39 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Fretboard contribute to sound?

Monday 26 March 9:27:43 UTC 2012

I think it may affect the sound, but in my case, it has always been about playabilityStatistics: Posted by nerdz1 — Monday 26 March 2012, 09:27 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 9:23:19 UTC 2012

Alexandru Marian wrote:Looks like i'll have to burn these at the next BBQEnough wood chips to smoke a few turkeys. Will they smell as good as mesquite, I wonder?Statistics: Posted by bacsidoan — Monday 26 March 2012, 09:23 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Emergency Tricks

Monday 26 March 9:22:30 UTC 2012

TomPage wrote:Always know what the last chord of every piece you are playing is (typically the tonic). That way, if the wheels come completely off the wagon you can just play that last chord confidently and emphatically (no matter where you are in the piece), stand up and bow, and most of the audience will not know that anything untoward … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Around the Samovar

Monday 26 March 9:22:20 UTC 2012

Hi Vladwho is the guitarist on the first video? This is a really wonderful performance, thanks for posting!!!SixmagicstringsStatistics~ Posted by sixmagicstrings — Monday 26 March 2012, 09:22 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Word games • Re: Word chains

Monday 26 March 6:56:28 UTC 2012

mantissaStatistics: Posted by David — Monday 26 March 2012, 06:56 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • "Practice-right" wrist strap for right hand technique

Monday 26 March 6:46:32 UTC 2012

So I was browing on the Strings by Mail website, as I often do, and saw that they had advertised the "Practice-Right" – some kind of wrist strap to enhance or develop one's right hand technique. (You can search for "Practice-right" on the site and it'll come up, with a video-clip as well).I'm not sure what to make of it: … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Torres tornavoz

Monday 26 March 6:37:58 UTC 2012

The two tornaozs (is that the plural of tornavoz?) illustrated here are of different construction, one metal sheet and the other carbon fibre grid. Does this difference lead to any difference in effect on the sound?Statistics: Posted by pogmoor — Monday 26 March 2012, 06:37 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: New World Almeria – any reviews?

Monday 26 March 6:08:10 UTC 2012

Hello, Eyedoc. Thanks for your reply.Actually, all I know is what is in here: http://www.rebrune.com/Connections/deta … TEMID=1001.I haven't written Mr. Bruné yet. Is says the guitar is "new", although is has been built in 2005.Could you please tell me some more about your Almeria?Thanks!Statistics: Posted by vascopasseira — Monday 26 March 2012, 06:08 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Music for guitar(s) and choir

Monday 26 March 6:00:16 UTC 2012

My teacher is also a (trained) singer and like early music such as Dowland. I don't see why it couldn't be more or less directly done by a choir and guitar instead of solo and guitar.Statistics: Posted by simonm — Monday 26 March 2012, 06:00 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Happiest day of my life

Monday 26 March 5:56:45 UTC 2012

Scot Tremblay wrote:Personally, I like Bear claw spruce tops. Two of the best Stauffers I've made have high bear claw tops (as did my very fist lute and that thing rocked!). I got a fair bit of flack at a GFA convention for using it but the loudest voices had to come around and admit that it worked in this … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: An Unusual Ramirez Tradicional

Monday 26 March 5:54:10 UTC 2012

I'm sure the guitar you have now is the spruce one I tried. Although it was 6 years ago, I remember like it was yesterday walking into the Ramirez shop and seeing the two Especial elevated fretboard guitars in the glass case on your left as you walk in. Again too they said they only made those two as a … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 5:49:40 UTC 2012

Michael Thames wrote:When I was in Bangkok last summer at the festival, a very nice Thai guitarist came up to me and said, "I want to tell you what all the other guitar makers here are saying about your guitar"…… I said what? They all think you use inferior wood….. I said, what! Because the Brazilian had sap wood in … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: New World Almeria – any reviews?

Monday 26 March 5:48:39 UTC 2012

HiI have one, as well as many other Hill guitars, so I know them very well.Tell me about this oneRonStatistics: Posted by eyedoc — Monday 26 March 2012, 05:48 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: What & How To Check For A New Guitar?

Monday 26 March 5:45:48 UTC 2012

Hi Simonm,Thanks for your interest, actually I contacted them, but I did not purchase any yet, I'll see what's gonna happen, thanks again for letting me know about this brand. :)Statistics: Posted by Amin Kawas — Monday 26 March 2012, 05:45 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: What are the best mics to record CG?

Monday 26 March 4:50:10 UTC 2012

englishguitarist wrote:Slightly OT, but hopefully interesting: I was interested to read about Norbert Kraft using C12s, Rojaro. Really interesting. I love the sound of those Naxos recordings. I found this video showing him in action. I assume the C12VRs are set to omni?http://vimeo.com/21498274It is not being said, but quite likely they are set to omni. There … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: What are the best mics to record CG?

Monday 26 March 4:49:27 UTC 2012

englishguitarist wrote:Slightly OT, but hopefully interesting: I was interested to read about Norbert Kraft using C12s, Rojaro. Really interesting. I love the sound of those Naxos recordings. I found this video showing him in action. I assume the C12VRs are set to omni?http://vimeo.com/21498274It is not being said, but quite likely. There would be no reason to … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Working With Lacewood

Monday 26 March 3:32:36 UTC 2012

Is Lacewood the same timber as the local Northern Silky Oak (Cardwellia sublimis)? The medullary rays look identical.Statistics: Posted by Nick Payne — Monday 26 March 2012, 03:32 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Cedar vs Spruce tops

Monday 26 March 3:25:37 UTC 2012

I say it's spruce.Statistics: Posted by gabasa — Monday 26 March 2012, 03:25 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Search for classical guitar sheet music • Re: Joaquin Malats: Serenata Andaluza + Serenata Espagnola

Monday 26 March 3:24:43 UTC 2012

PM sentStatistics: Posted by Vlad Kosulin — Monday 26 March 2012, 03:24 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: tuning string 6 to D

Monday 26 March 3:18:10 UTC 2012

sthugh wrote:AndrewF wrote:I have a beginner's guitar. One day I'll upgrade to an all-solid-wood guitar. Then I can do what I want with the beginner's guitar. It's not a question of buying another guitar just for drop D tuning.Bass joke: Q: How do you make a bass player cry?A: detune one of his strings and don't tell him which one … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Hi from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Monday 26 March 3:08:53 UTC 2012

I'm Mark Anderson, from Mississauga, Ontario, and I have been playing guitar for 25 years+. I have gone through many musical phases throughout the years, the last 12 years I have primarily been a jazz player. But after my two daughters were born in 2003 and 2006, I found that finding the time to get together with other musicians was … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar for Sale • Re: US $.1400 Antonio Loriente Clarita spruce 2008, Portsmou

Monday 26 March 3:08:37 UTC 2012

cool09 wrote:Do you have any audio clips for this guitar?Unfortunately, no.Statistics: Posted by Bob Newby — Monday 26 March 2012, 03:08 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Working With Lacewood

Monday 26 March 3:03:52 UTC 2012

I've used it a couple of times for various projects –actually come to think of it my bench is "bound" with it. It really likes to facet but bending it is not impossible –just make sure it's properly supported throughout the bend. To me the most bizarre aspect to it is the pore structure. Take a look at the end … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: CG Stores in Chicago?

Monday 26 March 2:43:51 UTC 2012

nyrinwi wrote:I can't say about Chicago, but I've scoped out the St. Louis area pretty well.Try Fazio's on Manchester Rd. in Ellisville. I've played a couple of Clarita's there (Cedar and Spruce). They are a Cordoba dealer, which includes Loriente, but the inventory comes and goes (good for them :D ) so if it's a long trip for you, call first. … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Aargh! I'm going to chuck my cabinet scraper in the bin!

Monday 26 March 1:54:41 UTC 2012

In my country where they sell Traditional Chinese Medicine, they actually use broken piece of glass to do the scraping.And the shavings are really thin and translucent.I supposed Alan's thick scraper works in the same principle; just that broken glass is a lot harder to use safely.Statistics: Posted by senunkan — Monday 26 March 2012, 01:54 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Agustín Barrios Mangoré • Re: Barrios Mangoré, Agustín; Don Perez Freire, Tango – Vide

Monday 26 March 1:54:22 UTC 2012

:bravo: Thank you for sharing your music with us. I enjoyed watching you perform this great piece. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Monday 26 March 2012, 01:54 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar for Sale • Re: US $.1400 Antonio Loriente Clarita spruce 2008, Portsmou

Monday 26 March 1:50:37 UTC 2012

Do you have any audio clips for this guitar?Statistics: Posted by cool09 — Monday 26 March 2012, 01:50 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Concerts U.S.A. • Re: 2012 -04-21 Hilary Field – Leavenworth, WA (USA)

Monday 26 March 1:46:09 UTC 2012

Good luck with your concert Hilary. Best wishes from Vancouver:)Statistics: Posted by Dons — Monday 26 March 2012, 01:46 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: An Unusual Ramirez Tradicional

Monday 26 March 1:44:23 UTC 2012

Hey Maxixe.Thats interesting. I can't imagine someone trying to sell a guitar with an inch high action! Curious if the model you looked at was labelled? If I was a Ramirez, I certainly wouldn't be putting my signatureseal of approval on a guitar setup like that.One of my hesitations was the high action on this guitar, and admittedly there is … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Krylov, Andrei; Variations for Russian Folk Song Maple

Monday 26 March 1:36:45 UTC 2012

:bravo: Fantastic arrangement and performance Andrei,Thank you for sharing your music with us. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Monday 26 March 2012, 01:36 am [Link]

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

Monday 26 March 1:27:36 UTC 2012

As an amateur luthier, I am more concerned about the mechanics of making a good guitar, so I decided to purchase them. At some point, I will create my own signature rosette. You can get cheap rosettes for about $5 from a real "bear" of a woodworking machinery import company (wink). I opted to find a cheaper source, which happened … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Working With Lacewood

Monday 26 March 1:21:10 UTC 2012

I haven't actually bent it but I have sanded backs and sides for my maestro. According to him, it doesn't bend well because the pores tend to "delaminate" as it flexes. Also, since the pores are softer they will create dimples if you hand sand. BTW, burnishing the grain really makes it pop.Statistics: Posted by glenn_aycock — Monday 26 March … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: What are the best mics to record CG?

Monday 26 March 1:15:32 UTC 2012

Thanks for the link. It is always a joy to watch the new sound being born.Statistics: Posted by Vlad Kosulin — Monday 26 March 2012, 01:15 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hello from Russianguitarsk, Iowa

Monday 26 March 1:11:55 UTC 2012

Welcome, OT! Being a native Iowan, I can't see changing Iowa City to "Russianguitarsk" as an idea that will fly, but it's an interesting thought. Hope you enjoy the forum.Herb in Cedar Falls/WaterlooStatistics: Posted by herb — Monday 26 March 2012, 01:11 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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