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  • The importance of asking for an invoice after buying the guitar

    The importance of asking for an invoice after buying the guitar

    With the new regulation of protected woods, asking for the invoice after buying a guitar is essential to guarantee the origin.

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  • Parts of the guitar, the machine heads

    Parts of the guitar, the machine heads

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  • Care of the guitarist's nails

    Care of the guitarist's nails

    In previous publications, we have discussed how to keep the fingernails, but do you know how to polish them and what shape should they have?

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  • Parts of the guitar, the frets

    Parts of the guitar, the frets

    The frets are considered standard elements of the guitar, but there is nothing further from the truth, we can find several sizes.

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  • The grandness of the Spanish Guitar

    The grandness of the Spanish Guitar

    The Spanish Guitar is an instrument which is able of amazing in large rooms and of affecting in small places.

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  • The guitarist’s memory

    The guitarist’s memory

    Some tricks to improve the memory of the guitarist, and avoid mistakes playing the guitar, especially in public.

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  • Parts of the guitar, the bone

    Parts of the guitar, the bone

    Regarding the parts of the guitar, the most important part, in the sound, is the top; but how are the strings and the soundboard linked?

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  • Three Exercises for the Guitarist’s Health

    Three Exercises for the Guitarist’s Health

    The guitarist must exercise his spine, his shoulder and his elbow, since they are parts that tend to be stiff.

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  • Tapping on the acoustic guitar

    Tapping on the acoustic guitar

    Although it is more common on the electric guitar, tapping is a technique also used on the acoustic guitar.

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  • Guitarist chooses acoustic guitar

    Guitarist chooses acoustic guitar

    The Alhambra acoustic guitar with steel strings can be Dreadnought type, Jumbo type, and Auditorium type.

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  • Roland Dyens

    Roland Dyens

    Tango in Skai or Libra Sonatine are some of the many treasures of the guitar which Roland Dyens has left in bequest.

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  • Four curiosities about guitars

    Four curiosities about guitars

    Some curiosities and issues about guitars that some customers and users of our web and social networks have shared with us.

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  • Solid or laminated wood guitar

    Solid or laminated wood guitar

    All Alhambra Guitars models have a solid top, even the cheapest ones.

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  • Guitarist chooses the flamenco guitar

    Guitarist chooses the flamenco guitar

    The comfort and the color of the sound are the priorities in the choice of a flamenco guitar.

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  • The guitarist chooses the guitar

    The guitarist chooses the guitar

    The choice of the guitar by the guitarist is very important, after having identified the style that he wants to play. 

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  • Guitarist and size of the Spanish guitar

    Guitarist and size of the Spanish guitar

    The short scale of the Spanish guitar is the most common among guitarists. 650 mm from the saddle to the nut.

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  • Rumba in the flamenco guitar

    Rumba in the flamenco guitar

    Rumba, which comes from Cuba, was adapted to the flamenco guitar’s tastes and demands.

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  • The guitarist's nails

    The guitarist's nails

    Apart from a suitable polishing, the constant maintenance of the nails can be very difficult for the guitarist.

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  • Moisture, the guitar and the guitarist

    Moisture, the guitar and the guitarist

    The relative moisture affects the structure of the guitar, but also the interpretation of the guitarist.

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  • Classical guitar in Spanish music

    Classical guitar in Spanish music

    Torroba, Rodrigo, Falla and Turina, among others, were Spanish music composers for classical guitar in the 20th century.

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  • Flamenco guitar, classical guitar, tremolo

    Flamenco guitar, classical guitar, tremolo

    In classical guitar, tremolo consists of three notes, whereas in flamenco guitar it normally consists of four notes.

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  • The styles in the Flamenco guitar

    The styles in the Flamenco guitar

    Technique, harmony and especially rhythm are some of the characteristics that differentiate each of the traditional styles that we can find in the flamenco guitar

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  • The flamenco guitar in classical music

    The flamenco guitar in classical music

    The classical guitarists, Daniel Fortea, Regino Sainz de la Maza, Angel Barrios or Quintin Esquembre composed using the flamenco guitar as basis.

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  • Holiday,  trip, case and the guitar

    Holiday, trip, case and the guitar

    Holiday trip requires a special care for the guitar. Primarily, temperature changes are important.

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  • Alirio Diaz, a lover of guitar

    Alirio Diaz, a lover of guitar

    We must remember the guitarist Alirio Diaz who died in Italy last July 5, 2016, with 92 years.

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  • Alhambra Guitars, committed to the Environment

    Alhambra Guitars, committed to the Environment

    The statement: Alhambra Guitars has a commitment to the environment which is demonstrated every day and in each areas of the company.

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  • The influence of the guitar in the province of Alicante

    The influence of the guitar in the province of Alicante

    Thanks to José Luis González and José Tomás, the province of Alicante was one of the most important schools of the world.

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  • The guitarists of the XIII edition of the Alhambra Competition arrive

    The guitarists of the XIII edition of the Alhambra Competition arrive

    Since 1990, Alhambra Guitars bets on the careers of young guitarists from all over the world with its International Competition.

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  • Ziricote and Sapelli in artisan guitars

    Ziricote and Sapelli in artisan guitars

    Traditionally, artisan classical guitars were made of Palo Santo.

    However, artisan flamenco guitars were made of cypress, and later, of Palo Santo.

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  • A year without the poetic Babiloni’s guitar

    A year without the poetic Babiloni’s guitar

    The "Guitarist Foundation Manuel Babiloni" is created one year after his loss, with the purpose of supporting the guitar and the music in general.

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  • The legend of the guitar. Daphne, Laurel

    The legend of the guitar. Daphne, Laurel

    According to the legend, Apollo created the first guitar using this tree in memory of Daphne.

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  • The Spanish guitar in jazz, fingerstyle

    The Spanish guitar in jazz, fingerstyle

    Charlie Byrd, Baden Powel or Ralph Towner are some of the interpreters of jazz with the Spanish guitar.

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  • The guitar in the Cervantes’ work

    The guitar in the Cervantes’ work

    Music has always been part of the Miguel de Cervantes’ work, and from Guitarras Alhambra, we recall the 400th anniversary of his demise.

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  • The position on guitar and health

    The position on guitar and health

    The body-position on the guitar is crucial. Moreover, we must remember the importance of taking care of our body to avoid injuries.

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  • How should you amplify your guitar?

    How should you amplify your guitar?

    The most comfortable and optimal system to increase the sound of your guitar is by means of a pre-amplifier, also known as ‘prefix’. In Alhambra, we use the previous Fishman, good quality and result.

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  • Do you know how the Tarrega’s guitar was?

    Do you know how the Tarrega’s guitar was?

    Since Antonio Torres established his innovations in Spanish guitars, they have undergone several evolutions to increase their performance, just as it has happened with the strings.

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  • Do you know what kind of strings you can use on your guitar?

    Do you know what kind of strings you can use on your guitar?

    The number of types of strings increases progressively, and each guitarist has his own preferences, which are linked to the kind of guitar as well as the kind of music that he plays.

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  • Do you know how guitars are made?

    Do you know how guitars are made?

    A quality elaboration is crucial in order to ensure the stability and durability in the guitar.

    The system which offers a better stability and durability in the elaboration of guitars, is named ‘Spanish heel’.

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  • Do your children feel comfortable playing the guitar?

    Do your children feel comfortable playing the guitar?

    In the case of the guitar, the beginning in the learning is decisive.

    Its features could make the difference, it could determine the continuity with the instrument or getting bored.

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  • The body of the guitar: The heart of a classical Spanish Guitar

    The body of the guitar: The heart of a classical Spanish Guitar

    There is a fact: every guitar sounds different. This difference is even more exaggerated in hand made Classical guitars. Every guitar made by a luthier is an individual work of art with its own personality, sound and soul. Two guitars made of the same wood and by the same luthier can have slightly different timbres or to a trained ear they can be identified as having very different timbres. 

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  • Key characteristics of a Spanish Flamenco Guitar

    Key characteristics of a Spanish Flamenco Guitar

    There are many types of Classical Spanish guitar, but the most well known is the Flamenco guitar. Whenever you think of Spain and its music, this is the guitar style and sound that you probably think of. The Spanish Flamenco guitar and its music can be found on every continent and almost every country and city in the world, it is also recognized by UNESCO as part of our global heritage and culture. 

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  • How to get good timbre when playing classical guitar, or any guitar!

    How to get good timbre when playing classical guitar, or any guitar!

    Any guitarist that is proficient will always be looking how to improve their timbre. But what is timbre? Timbre is the ‘sound’ of what you are playing and how suddenly or smoothly you transition between the individual sounds. The timbre of what you are playing can be changed on any guitar, be it acoustic, classical or electric. 

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  • The  Five Towns College -  Alhambra Guitar Trio

    The Five Towns College - Alhambra Guitar Trio

                                                                               Prelude 

                                                                  From Jasmín for 3 guitars 

                                                                    by Juan Manuel Cortés  

    Here is an iPhone recording from the weekly guitar ensemble workshop at Five Towns College, Dix Hills, NY. The recording is live with no edits or sound enhancements at all. This trio has been working together for about 3 weeks. 

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  • Goodbye to Glenn Frey, A guitar hero for all the ages

    Goodbye to Glenn Frey, A guitar hero for all the ages

    Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles, died at the age of 67. Frey was a master guitarist and writer of some of the most well known guitar rock anthems of all time, his songs will live on forever. 

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  • 10 things that can happen when learning to play the classical Spanish guitar

    10 things that can happen when learning to play the classical Spanish guitar

    Learning to play the classical guitar will give you a lifetime of joy and ecstasy, but there will also be times that you will want to throw your guitar in the skip and weep as you look at your blister covered fingers. Learning is not always fun, but any art worth learning will have some element of suffering!

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  • Great songs for learning the guitar

    Great songs for learning the guitar

    It doesn’t matter if you are playing the classical guitar, acoustic guitar or electric guitar, when you start playing; the songs you play sound nothing like the original! One thing is reading the tabs, putting your fingers in the right place, plucking the string… and then putting them in order. 

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  • Tricks to play faster and with better rhythm

    Tricks to play faster and with better rhythm

    When you first start playing you will feel clumsy, robotic and stutter from one chord to the next. You are playing the right notes in the right order but the song you are trying to play sounds like a record that is jumping. Guitar music normally requires a mix of swift plucking and strumming to keep the rhythm of the song moving along. With classical guitar it is even more essential that you get your technique right and get your fingers and hands moving at the correct rhythm of the song. 

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  • How to tune a classical Spanish guitar with a tuning fork

    How to tune a classical Spanish guitar with a tuning fork

    One of the ways to to tune a classical guitar is by using reference notes. You listen to a note for each string and tune them, one by one, until they sound the same as the reference note. You then carry on with the rest of the strings until they sound suitable for classical guitar playing. It’s not easy, but, it means you will be self sufficient and have a good ear for notes. 

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  • How do you stop your hands from sweating?

    How do you stop your hands from sweating?

    Sweaty palms are something that most guitar players will suffer from. Some people have naturally sweaty palms whilst a lucky few may only experience sweaty palms when they are nervous. Sweaty palms make it difficult to play, and the salt in your sweat will erode your strings and possibly damage the neck and body of the guitar. 

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  • Classical Guitars: When and how to change your strings

    Classical Guitars: When and how to change your strings

    Strings will need replacing from time to time. How long does a string last? Well, there are two main factors; the amount of use and the amount of sweat left on the strings by your hands. There are many methods and tricks for changing strings but the most important thing to remember is to do it properly as it affects the tuning and sound a lot. 

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  • Advice for buying a guitar as a gift

    Advice for buying a guitar as a gift

    A classical guitar is a great gift to give to anybody, it is unforgettable and a life long gift that keeps on giving. For someone who already plays and has an acoustic or electric guitar it makes a great addition to their collection. 

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  • How should kids learn to play the guitar?

    How should kids learn to play the guitar?

    For kids, learning how to play can be one of the most profound experiences of their lives. There is no ‘starting age’ for children, they can have a guitar in their hands and start to mess around as soon as they are strong enough to hold the weight of a ukulele. 

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  • Avoid injuries when playing the guitar

    Avoid injuries when playing the guitar

    Many players will experience pain from playing at some point. The pain mostly occurs in the hands, fingers, shoulders, back and spine. The pain can be caused by contractions or muscular wear and tear. 

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  • 10 Golden Rules for taking care of your guitar

    10 Golden Rules for taking care of your guitar

    It's important to keep the guitar in the best conditions to ensure its durability. Here we show some basic rules to care for it

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  • How to buy an acoustic guitar

    How to buy an acoustic guitar

    When you enter into the 6 string world it is very probable that you will start with an acoustic guitar. If you are just starting to strum or if you are a grizzled veteran, the options available can be overwhelming. Here we give you the key advice you need to buy a beginner guitar or something a bit more exotic. 

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  • Classical guitars: many different types

    Classical guitars: many different types

    The flamenco guitar is one of the true symbols of the guitar world: passion, virtuosity and a sound all of its own. Classical guitars are normally smaller than most folk/acoustic guitars. The sound is more percussive and the size makes it a great starting point for youngsters. 

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  • Essential accessories for your guitar

    Essential accessories for your guitar

    Pick

    You can choose to play with a pick or to play in the classical style with just your fingers and finger nails. When buying a pick, it is generally better to buy as thin as possible.

    If you are going to be playing in a more single note style rather than strumming it is better to buy a medium thickness pick as you will really be able to twang the string and get a very singular sound for the note you are playing. 

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  • Parts of a guitar: Get to know your instrument

    Parts of a guitar: Get to know your instrument

    Headstock

    This is the head of the guitar. On the headstock you may see 6 or 12 tuners and tuning nuts depending on if it is a 6 string guitar or a 12 string guitar. Take good care of your headstock, this is where you will spend a lot of time tuning your guitar to get the sound you want. Many headstocks have manufacturer logos and intricate details to show the heritage of the guitar. 

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  • What’s the correct posture for playing the guitar?

    What’s the correct posture for playing the guitar?

    Making progress when learning to play the guitar depends on paying attention to details like the posture we have when holding the classical guitar. With time we develop our own style, but at the beginning it’s better to follow some technical advice.  

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  • The left-handed guitarist: the challenge of playing the guitar with “the other hand”

    The left-handed guitarist: the challenge of playing the guitar with “the other hand”

    Left-handed people face daily challenges from a world built for right-handers. Everyday activities can become uncomfortable and, when the movements must be very precise, the tools and ways of doing things as a right-hander become a barrier.  

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  • Jazz guitar music: five jazz musicians who made magic with strings

    Jazz guitar music: five jazz musicians who made magic with strings

    Jazz is a musical genre with a strong identify and which is now fully mature and developed. In the early days of jazz, the guitar was considered to be more of a rhythmic section instrument, along with the bass guitar and drums. One of the characteristics of jazz is the “struggle” between the instruments to stand out and express themselves. 

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  • Classic, acoustic, or electric guitar: which one?

    Classic, acoustic, or electric guitar: which one?

    When you want to learn to play the guitar, a frequent doubt is what type of instrument to buy. A classic, acoustic, or electric guitar? Clarifying your preferences and necessities will help you to stop feeling disorientated before the huge quantity of options available, and also, not to make the wrong decision

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  • Paco de Lucía, the excitement of playing the guitar

    Paco de Lucía, the excitement of playing the guitar

    Nobody has taken the classic guitar and its music as high as Paco de Lucía. If anything can be learned from this music it’s that it broke all the previously established ideas. Genius can arise from one of the humblest neighbourhoods – Algeciras – because when someone loves music and works for it, there are no limits. 

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  • Spanish Guitar Masters

    Spanish Guitar Masters

    The history of the Spanish guitar is full of grand characters and masters. The Spanish guitar and Spanish guitar style of playing have become well-known throughout the globe, but it is in Spain where we find the best guitars and of course the most talented and emblematic ‘maestros’ or in English; masters.

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  • The History of the Classical Guitar

    The History of the Classical Guitar

    The first “guitar” was very popular and it was made with 4 pairs of strings, a round shape in the front and a pear shape at the back

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  • Luthiery: The art of making classical guitars and string instruments

    Luthiery: The art of making classical guitars and string instruments

    The craftsman that produces the Spanish Guitar is called a Luthier. A Luthier is a professional who designs, creates, adjusts and repairs instruments. The word comes from the French ‘luth’, which means lute, the most popular musical instrument at European courts during the renaissance and the baroque period. In the noble art of Luthiery many aspects are considered in creating the best sounding instruments: materials, acoustics, chemistry, artistry and technique.

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  • Learn to play the guitar using tabs

    Learn to play the guitar using tabs

    “I would love to learn to play the guitar”… Everyone has uttered this phrase at some point whilst rocking out to their favourite rock song or chilling to their favourite acoustic smooth ballad. Maybe some of you have even gone as far as thinking about buying a guitar, or even had one in your hands and tried to strum a few chords.

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  • Classical Guitar tunning for beginners

    Classical Guitar tunning for beginners

     Many beginner guitarists lose hope because they cannot get the hang of chords, can’t get their fingering right, and, above all, not know how to tune their guitar. Sound quality is incredibly important to develop your musical talents. You can buy a guitar tuner very cheaply from a music shop or order one on the Internet.

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