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Saturday, May 13, 2017

SFSU GUITAR RECITAL 04-28-2017


After having recently won a scholarship at San Francisco State University, where I am
working on a two year Master of Music program(emphasis in Classical Performance),
SFSU Master-Music Program I had the pleasure of performing on campus
at the Knuth Hall. I must admit that my Alvarez guitar responded wonderfully in an
authentic auditorium. I will be performing my own guitar recital next semester which
I'm looking forward to already. April 28th was the official premier of David Gonzalez's
Preludio en Forma de Rondó).
http://christianlaremont.blogspot.com/2014/10/preludio-en-forma-de-rondo.html


 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fantasie in d minor - S.L. Weiss (1686-1750)

Sylvius Leopold Weiss (born in Germany), contemporary of J.S. Bach, was a prolific
composer for the lute and was one of the most technically accomplished lutenist from
the late Baroque period.
The piece comes from the Sonata no. 11 in c minor (Dresden) and has been transcribed
to guitar (d minor) with a drop D tuning.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

THE JUAN ÁLVAREZ CONCERT CLASSICAL GUITAR: DETAILS







This is a  follow-up to my previous post on the Juan Álvarez Concert Classical
Guitar. On this occasion I'll take the opportunity to point out mentionable aspects
that make this guitar unique in sound, quality and playability. I have provided
photos detailing the 20 frets, the maker label, close-up of the bridge and the heel.
Photo 1 Front view of the guitar showing the 20 frets reaching a C on the 1st
string and a G on the 2nd. The addition of this extra fret changes the appearance
of the soundhole area. I believe this innovation is a step forward in the evolution
of the instrument because it has increased the sound of the B on the 1st string
19th fret substantially.
Photo 2 Detail of the maker label with the luthier's signature indicating serial
number and year of construction:2016.
Photo 3 Detail of the bridge. Notice how the string passes through the hole,
comes back around and through again (there are 2 holes -near the saddle- and
another one on the other end per string). This contributes to great sustain and
facilitates tuning.
Photo 4 Detail of the heel. The "neck joint" where the neck meets the body is
considerably smaller allowing easier access to the lower bout, thus adding to the
guitar's wonderful playability.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

THE JUAN ÁLVAREZ CONCERT CLASSICAL GUITAR

In this post I will describe some of the basic features found on my recently (July)
acquired Juan Álvarez Concert Guitar. J. Álvarez (born in 1960-Madrid, Spain) is a
second generation guitar maker located in Madrid, Spain.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Juan+%C3%81lvarez/@40.4119453,-3.6969049,17z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sCalle+San+Pedro,+7+Calle+San+Pedro,+7,+28014+Madrid,+!3m4!1s0xd422628370696f9:0x28ad7e91684dc32a!8m2!3d40.4119603!4d-3.6947228?hl=en
He learned a lot from his father, Juan Álvarez Gil (1932-2001), a very respectable
luthier who is a follower of the tradition of the Madrid School of Guitar Making
dating back to Marcelo Barbero who was a disciple of the famous Manuel Ramírez.
Juan makes both flamenco and classical guitars and are hand made using traditional
methods. For more information visit http://www.guitarrasjuanalvarez.com/inicio-guitarras-juan-alvarez.html
I'm very satisfied with this instrument for many reasons but I would like to point out
a few, namely its excellent sound quality (very noticeable on the 3rd string and in the
higher register -most guitars' weak-points), great balance between bass and treble
strings, playability and abundant volume when playing both ppp and fff

Make: Juan Álvarez Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 2016
Model Number: 1904
Soundboard: Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
Scale: 650 mm
Neck: Cedar
Fretboard: Ebony

Thursday, September 1, 2016

"Torre Bermeja" Isaac Albéniz for Guitar

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Spanish composer and pianist, was an important
representative of Spanish post-romantic music. He is positioned within the
Nationalist trend, but at the same time represented the Spanish vanguard of
the 20th century.
Torre Bermeja (published in 1888) was originally written for piano. It  was
released in a set of piano pieces, his "12 Piezas Características, Op.92". It
has been transcribed for guitar by many after Miguel Llobet's version.
After years of studying this piece I have come up with this version, which I
consider to maybe not be the best, but very practical with right and left hand
indications.
I have noticed that most transcriptions deviate from the original score (E/Em),
and this is the reason I'm posting my version in the key of D/Dm. Here's a link
to the original piano version:
http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=4260 so you
can compare and notice the many differences found in most versions,
for example, the change in the direction of the opening arpeggios (bars 2-13).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SIMPLE MELODIES FOR NOTES ON THE 6TH STRING

This is the last of a series of six posts that I'm dedicating to Simple Melodies
and Traditional Songs for guitar. The notes used will revolve around the sixth
string (E, F and G) along with notes on the bass strings played in position I.
The goal here is to present to the teacher and student and attractive group of
melodies located all in one place.
If you decide to play the melodies, I suggest singing/humming them first.
Important note to the guitar teacher: there are no indications for right and left hand
fingerings, tempo, musical phrasing, timber, etc. The musical parameters that need
to be worked on should be determined by the professor.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SIMPLE MELODIES FOR NOTES ON THE 5TH STRING

This is the fifth of a series of six posts that I'll dedicate to Simple Melodies
and Traditional Songs for guitar. The notes used will revolve around the fifth
string (A, B and C) played in position I except Ode to Joy which has to be
played in position II.
The goal here is to present to the teacher and student and attractive group of
melodies located all in one place.
If you decide to play the melodies, I suggest singing/humming them first.
Important note to the guitar teacher: there are no indications for right and left hand
fingerings, tempo, musical phrasing, timber, etc. The musical parameters that need
to be worked on should be determined by the professor.


Monday, March 21, 2016

SIMPLE MELODIES FOR NOTES ON STRINGS 1-4

This is the fourth of a series of six posts that I'll dedicate to Simple Melodies
and Traditional Songs for guitar. Notes from all four strings are present (the new
notes introduced from the 4th string are D,E and F) and everything can should be
played in position I.
The goal here is to present to the teacher and student and attractive group of
melodies located all in one place.
If you decide to play the melodies, I suggest singing/humming them first.
Important note to the guitar teacher: there are no indications for right and left hand
fingerings, tempo, musical phrasing, timber, etc. The musical parameters that need
to be worked on should be determined by the professor.