10-String guitarist from Argentina graces GCC
By Noah Jaeger
Professional guitarist, Nestor Benito, came to Glendale Community
College for an intimate and passion-filled concert. The world-renown
10 string guitarist provided musical candy for listeners’ ears
November 16 at 7:30 P.M. The Music Building was filled with
sound-hungry fans, waiting for their sweet taste buds to be
“I was born in Argentina, 1956.” Benito says. He was trained on the
10 string guitar by Master Narciso Yepes. Benito eventually became
popular enough to travel worldwide. “My first visit was 2004, I was
impressed by your hospitality and I wanted to come back,” Benito
GCC was privileged to witness the professional guitarist at work.
“The kind of repertoire a classical style musician would program in
general is very demanding, and regardless of the number of strings
on your instrument,” Chuck Hulihan, faculty of the Performing Arts
Department, says. “Playing a wide variety of aesthetically rich and
technically challenging music is inherently difficult and not for
As the double doors open, applause breaks loose. White buttoned
shirt, black pants and dress shoes symbolized the guitarist’s
simple, yet proper attire.
He grabs his guitar, and begins to play.
Applause breaks out between songs, his humbled smile lights the
The emotion of the song corresponds with his body language. A
pristine, smooth sound lifts his head high, along with his eyebrows;
a harsh, upbeat piece results in a facial expression.
Often in a song, he will strum to allow the ambiance to
float around the room, slowly distance himself from the guitar and
then gracefully return his body to the instrument.
Benito exits through the double doors and the audience stands in
respect to such an outstanding performance. He then returns and
faces the crowd. “One more,” Benito says. “This last song is for my
master Jose Franchini”
After the performance, the audience rises again and applauds. Many
are impressed by the musician’s craftsmanship. “I enjoyed it very
much. I love classical guitar and I love playing Spanish music on my
trumpet,” Dave Thibodeaux, professor in the Performance Arts
department, says. “I also love tangos and I think he played three or
four of them.”
Before the master leaves, he manages to leave guitarists some strong
advice. “Be very disciplined, do a lot of work and play for the
public as much as possible,” Benito says.