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Free Download of Abel Nagytothy-Toth's Database of Guitar Works

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, June 16, 2014
As a gift and homage to the Guitar Foundation of America, guitarist and musicologist Abel Nagytothy-Toth will be offering a free download of his database of guitar works from June 20 - July 4, 2014. Mr. Nagytothy-Toth will be honored at this year's GFA Convention as he receives a GFA Hall of Fame Distinguished Service award.

To access the ABMUSIC database, follow these instructions:
1. Go to

2. On the left side of the page, click ABEMUSIC

3. On the right side of the page click collaborators - Abel
Nagytothy-Toth - all free downloads

All of Mr. Nagytothy-Toth's publishing, including over 1000 compositions, are listed by categories. There are free downloads of sheet music also.

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New Partnership between Guitar Fair and LuthierBuilt

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guitar Fair in Spain and LuthierBuilt have agreed to an important partnership. Guitar Fair will hold its first-ever annual musical instruments and makers exhibition this September in Málaga, Spain. Málaga is a beautiful city located on Spain's famous Costa del Sol.

Guitar Fair is going to be a major event. It will be of importance in 2014 and beyond to many artisans worldwide. Guitar Fair will lack the "noise" of industry-wide trade shows such as Musikmesse and NAMM. Its mission is fully-aligned with LuthierBuilt's.

A key aspect of this partnership is that artisans who are referred to Guitar Fair by LuthierBuilt will qualify for substantially discounted exhibitor pricing.

By partnering with us, Guitar Fair is demonstrating its confidence in LuthierBuilt's future role on behalf of artisans worldwide. Likewise, LuthierBuilt is confident that Guitar Fair will also play a major role expanding the market for artisans in Europe, North and South America, and elsewhere.

General information about Guitar Fair is available at

To learn about LuthierBuilt, see

For further information about exhibiting at Guitar Fair via a referral by LuthierBuilt, please contact Bob Newby, LuthierBuilt's founder, at

LuthierBuilt - Where musicians and artisans meet, envision and create

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All Strings Considered, a New Guitar Podcast

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, October 8, 2012
Tune into All Strings Considered, a new free internet radio show about all things strings. Hear music and get behind the scenes with today's great guitarists and related disciplines. First episodes include practice advice from Scott Tennant, Roland Dyens on composition, Martha Masters on performing vs. recording, Adam Del Monte and the Segovia flamenco connection, and lots more! Subscribe to the show on iTunes here, or stream from the host Scott Wolf's website here.


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Sharon Isbin featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’, Garrison Keillor, BBC4, GuitarTV

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Multi-GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin is the subject of a new 40-minute interview/lesson on GuitarTV. Her latest Sony CD, ‘Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions’ has been a #1 bestseller on Amazon, #3 in the Billboard charts, and the subject of rave reviews worldwide. This season she was featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’, Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ (600 stations heard by 4 million listeners), BBC Radio4, and multiple cover stories. Her 2010 GRAMMY winning ‘Journey to the New World’ (Sony) with guest Joan Baez spent 63 consecutive weeks on the Billboard charts.

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Christopher Parkening Announces Retirement from Concert Stage

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, July 10, 2012
In July, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina, the renowned American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) ]Hall of Fame and given the Artistic Achievement Award. This prestigious award is given to "performers who have made monumental contributions to the development of the art and
life of the classical guitar."

Mr Parkening also used this occasion to make this notable announcement: "As I am gathered with you to celebrate the classical guitar, I have chosen this time and place to share with you what for me is a rather difficult announcement. After nearly five decades as a concert guitarist, the time has come for me to step away from the concert stage.

"Some of you know that for these past few years I have had some physical issues resulting in numerous back surgeries. At this point in my life, I would like to focus more on my family and on my commitment to teaching my students at Pepperdine University and in master classes throughout the country, sharing my insights and experiences- both musical
and personal- as I mentor young artists.

"I am grateful to all of those who have had important roles in my life and career. Through the years I have tried to play my guitar for the purpose as defined by J. S. Bach who
said, 'Soli Deo Gloria,' 'To God alone the glory.'"

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