New Tutorial – Antonio Lauro’s Vals Venezolano No. 3 (Natalia)

EliteGuitarist Tutorial Natalia Lauro

Natalia (Vals Venezolano No. 3) by Antonio Lauro is a beloved standard in the classical guitar repertoire and one of the most requested pieces from our students. This piece is full of life and color and combines Strauss-like waltzes with South American syncopated rhythms. Check out the note for note tutorial, grab your guitars and let’s get to work! Also, check out the general practice tips tucked away in the tutorial segments; these might just set you up for some great progress.

Guitar: 2018 Jake Fuller “Purnell”, courtesy of Guitar Salon International

New Tutorial: Girl With the Flaxen Hair

Kevin Enstrom Girl with Flaxen Hair Debussy

‘The Girl with the Flaxen Hair’ is known for its musical simplicity and is one of Debussy’s most recorded pieces, both in its original version and in subsequent various arrangements.The guitar arrangement is one of the few arrangements that accurately renders Debussy’s compositional genius. Something is often lost in transcribing a piece originally written for the piano to the guitar but in this case the arrangement is fluid and guitaristic in approach.

Check out Kevin Enstrom’s soulful playing of this piece and detailed tutorial. Grab your guitars and let’s practice, people!

Guitar Used for Tutorial: 1987 Manuel Velazquez, Courtesy of Guitar Salon International


Scott Tennant Album Release
We would like to congratulate Scott Tennant on the release of his latest album with the compositions of Andres Segovia. Taso and Tavi alongside Andrew York, the Park Brothers and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, joined Scott Tennant in a concert celebrating the completion of this wonderful recording. Check out the blog posting on the GSI website and enjoy the photos. It was a wonderful evening of music making on a very special guitar, namely, Segovia’s own 1969 Ramirez.


Ines Thome: Status Update
Many of you inquired about Ines Thome and her relationship to EliteGuitarist. Upon her graduating with a doctoral degree from USC, Ines and her husband Michael both accepted teaching appointments in Ohio. We were sad to see them leave Southern California but we are so excited to see how their individual careers are developing. Ines and Michael are expecting their first child who is due to arrive any day now. We miss Ines sorely and, with regards to her playing and pedagogical proficiency, she is irreplaceable. We can’t wait to have Ines back recording and teaching again, as soon as they get a bit more settled in their new family routine.

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Jazz Tutorials:
* Falling in Love with Love – Larry Koonse
* Alone Together – Larry Koonse
* Giant Steps – Larry Koonse

Classical Tutorials:
* Gavotte En Rondeau – Taso Comanescu
* Malaguena – Tavi Jinariu
* Farewell – Tavi Jinariu
* Natalia (Valse Venezolano) – Tavi Jinariu
* Andaluza (Granados’ Spanish Dance #5) – Kevin Enstrom

Torija by Torroba – Classical Guitar Tutorial

Torija Elite Guitarist Online Guitar lessons

If you are a subscriber to our Classical Track, your subscription just went up in value with the addition the new Torija tutorial taught by Kevin Enstrom! If you are one of our Jazz Track subscribers, don’t feel left out; we have tons of new material we are going to add in the next few weeks.

Torroba’s ‘Castillos de España’ is a set of brief pieces that take the listener on a musical tour of Spain’s famous castles. The Torija castle is located just off the road between Madrid and Barcelona. This piece is a reflective, introspective musical depiction of Torija and in this tutorial instructor Kevin Enstrom shares all the secrets of the trade that help bring this piece to life. From phrasing insights, to slight variations of the tempo and dynamics you will be able to transport your listeners to the wonderful Torija castle.

Guitar: 1987 Manuel Velazquez, courtesy of Guitar Salon International

Kevin Enstrom EliteGuitarist Online Classical Guitar lessons

In this brief video Kevin Enstrom recounts his beginnings with the classical guitar and offers words of encouragement for those who have undertaken the classical guitar journey. Check out his biographical sketch.

2018 EliteGuitarist Year In Review

This is why we play the guitar! Check out the video below and why the guitar is a magical instrument to us.

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New Classical Track Website & Tutorials

In 2018 we released 25 tutorials of some of the most beloved pieces in the classical guitar repertoire.
As our library of resources continues to grow, we have updated our website to include expanded search capabilities.
At your request, we implemented PayPal as a subscription payment option.
You can now insert your comments on the page of the video tutorials and enjoy the input of other guitarists. This is a new function that we have implemented in our website and we think it will help connect various subscribing students in more tangible ways.

New Website Layout


Tutorial Library

New Comprehensive Jazz Guitar Track

Check out the comprehensive jazz guitar track taught by Larry Koonse, twice Grammy-nominated artist. This site deals comprehensively with all vital jazz concepts, music theory and contains insightful note for note repertoire tutorials suitable for all type of guitarists, including classical players.

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Jazz Guitar Track

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Jazz Guitar Tutorials

EliteGuitarist Instructors

We want to extend a word of thanks to our wonderful instructors for their generosity in teaching, for their commitment to excellence and dedication to the promotion of music in general and the guitar in particular. Check out these videos in which each instructor talks about their beginnings with the instrument. These are the elements that make the guitar a magical instrument, in our opinions.

Tavi Jinariu

Tavi Jinariu Classical Guitarist EliteGuitarist

Check out Tavi’s performance of Natalia (Valse Venezolano No. 3) by Antonio Lauro.

Taso Comanescu

Taso Comanescu EliteGuitarist Online Classical Guitar Lessons

Check out Taso’s performance of Serenata Espanola by Joaquin Malats.

Kevin Enstrom

Kevin Enstrom EliteGuitarist Online Classical Guitar lessons

Check out some additional performances by Kevin Enstrom. Allegro by J.S. Bach & The Girl with the Flaxen Hair by Claude Debussy

Larry Koonse

Larry Koonse EliteGuitarist Online Jazz Guitar Lessons

Check out this performance by Larry Koonse

All The Things You Are – Jazz Guitar Tutorial

All The Things You Are EliteGuitarist

We are excited to release a new jazz repertoire tutorial. In this tutorial Larry Koonse spends nearly 2 hours dealing with the mechanics of playing this arrangement, comping ideas, fingering and interpretive principles. The tutorial is organized and taught in such a way that fingerstyle guitarists of various backgrounds can benefit from it. Check it out at 

New EliteGuitarist Jazz Track Website

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The Jazz Track segment of the EliteGuitarist website just received a major makeover. Check out the new website layout and capabilities. Larry Koonse, a twice-Grammy award nominated artist, has recorded some amazing tutorials dealing with Jazz theory and repertoire. In the future we will release 5 different tutorials of well-known American standards. Stay tuned for these performance tutorials suitable not only to jazz guitarist but any fingerstyle guitarist wanting to play jazz.

Barrios Valse Opus 8 No. 3 – Guitar Tutorial

Elite Guitarist Tutorial Classical Guitar Vals Op. 8 No. 3

Here is a new tutorial by Taso Comanescu playing and teaching Augustin Barrios’ Vals Op. 8 No. 3. Taso’s soulful performance of this piece has become my favorite version of this piece. The tutorial displays a deep understanding of the piece, provides tons of performance pointers, focuses on phrasing details and is a wealth of fingering principles. Augustin Barrios Mangore is one of the most prolific classical guitar composers. As a performing guitarist himself, Barrios wrote with a deep understanding of guitar technique and pushed the technical boundaries of the classical guitar repertoire further than ever before. Check out this great tutorial, suitable for intermediate-advanced level students.

Guitar: 2018 Dominik Wurth, courtesy of Guitar Salon International