Saturday, 29 October 2011

Pierre Bensusan: guitar news

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak, who forwards the news that French guitar wizard Pierre Bensusan (whose birthday is on Sunday 30 October) is launching his fully refurbished website.

He is currently on tour in Germany and Austria, with dates being booked in the US, UK, Australia, and possibly parts of Asia in 2012. The tour schedule at present is:

30-31 Oct. Concert and workshop at UFA-Fabrik, Berlin, Germany
4 Nov. Graz, Bruckl, Austria
5-6 Nov. Concert and workshop at Gitarrenbau Metzner, Warngau, Germany
8 Nov. Theater Drehleier, Munich, Germany
11-12 Nov. Workshop and concert at Guitarfestival, Oberhausen, Germany
17 Dec. Torino Folk Club, Turin (Torino), Italy
10-11 Feb. Le Triton, Paris, France

Online ticket purchase for these events, together with other news, is on the latest Pierre Bensusan e-newsletter.

As Pierre Bensusan is closely associated with the DADGAD guitar tuning, guitarists may also be interested in a recent release by Homespun, the leading producers of instructional videos for the bluegrass instruments (and others). Al Petteway presents Appalachian fingerstyle guitar in DADGAD tuning, with songs and tunes familiar in the old-time and bluegrass repertoires. Full details are here. Check out also the Homespun Instant Access delivery system, introduced last month, which among other features enables the user to slow down the video without affecting the pitch of the audio.