Jose Miguel Moreno’s Approach to Guitar Making

I’ve done a bit of work recently with Pierre Herrero of and I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you some of the cool stuff he’s been up to. Pierre has worked like an absolute trooper in the last few years to work with and source some very fine quality instruments, in Australia and in Europe, and make them available to the Australian market.

He’s recently returned from a testing, sourcing and buying trip over in Europe. During this time he toured around various luthier’s workshops and studios, talking to them about their methods, seeing how they practice the art of guitar-making, testing out new guitars (both tried and tested methods of building along with newer experimental models) – modern and period-type instruments, and selecting stock to bring over here. Yussss! Lots of lovely Spanish handiwork for those of us on the other side of the world to get our paws on!

And Pierre had the great idea of recording some of these sessions too. There are a couple of clips that are particularly interesting, and those constitute quite an in-depth discussion with a Spanish concert guitarist/period instrument musician and luthier by the name of Jose Miguel Moreno.

Jose Miguel has been working with Alhambra guitars to create a new breed of guitars – powerful and bold, yet relatively small and comfortable to play Romantic and early music-influenced guitars.

In this interview, Pierre and Jose Miguel discuss this approach. Take a look!

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* Just so you know, this post is not sponsored by I just thought the clips of Jose Miguel talking about his new range of guitars was pretty cool and thought I’d share.

Guitar Hero – Julian Bream

I thought I would post up a just a quick one today, on my original guitar hero and that of Mattias Jacobsson and many others no doubt – Julian Bream.

This guy is a dude and probably needs little introduction. He’s certainly one of my all-time favourite guitarist. No, in fact, let’s not mess around here! He is my number one favourite guitarist of all time! This man is one of the reasons I fell in love with the classical guitar.

Such passion, emotion, musicality and such a character. His tone is the fattest, juiciest tone I’ve ever heard. He certainly leaves you in no doubt that he loves the music he’s playing and communicates that so well through both the music and his facial expressions!

If you don’t know who he is, Gramophone just recently republished a 2007 interview with the great man – head along here to take a read:

Here are some video treats for you of classic Bream playing.

First up, de Falla’s The Miller’s Dance

And now a bit of Mudarra’s Fantasia No. 10 played on the vihuela

And here’s a video of my absolute favourite piece of repertoire from El Maestro Bream – Granados’ La Maja de Goya