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Sound technique: Five things you didn’t know about classical guitarist Gustavo Pimentel

Editor’s note: Venue Plus continues “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a weekly feature with fun tidbits about New Mexicans and their projects.

Albuquerque native Gustavo Pimentel has decades of experience performing on classical guitar. (Courtesy of Gustavo Pimentel)

The guitar and the Pimentel family have a long history.

The Pimentel & Sons Guitar Makers are known for their attention to detail.

That’s exactly what Gustavo Pimentel focuses on when playing guitar.

He practices for four to six hours a day to keep his guitar playing in control.

“It’s important to flex these muscles,” he says. “Not playing every day can lead you to be sloppy.”

Pimentel has a long history of playing guitar.

He is a graduate of the Mexico City conservatory El Estudio de Arte Guitarristico, where he took classes with Maestro Juan Reyes in guitar technique and with Maestro Manuel Lopez in interpretation.

He has participated in the National Competition of the Guitar at the University of Jalapa in Veracruz, Mexico.

An Albuquerque native, Pimentel took his first lessons with his father and world-renowned guitar maker Lorenzo Pimentel.

Pimentel performs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe.

Here are five things you may not know about the accomplished guitarist:

1 I have music awards from San Luis Potosi and Puebla, Mexico.

2 I performed in Germany and was able to meet the Mayor of Helmstedt.

3 I’ve performed for New Mexico governors from Garrey Carruthers to Michelle Lujan Grisham.

4 During the pandemic, I have been teaching guitar online. Students as far as Seattle and Los Alamos are taking my classes.

5 I love playing for people. Being able to perform in Santa Fe is a blast, and people really seem to appreciate my music. It’s really nice to be appreciated.

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