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Martin Shepherd has been playing the lute since 1979 and making lutes since 1982.

His expertise as a player and teacher informs every step in the making and setup of new instruments, and as a result they are easy and rewarding to play.

Martin Shepherd has been playing the lute since 1979 and making lutes since 1982.

His expertise as a player and teacher informs every step in the making and setup of new instruments, and as a result they are easy and rewarding to play.

Martin Shepherd has been playing the lute since 1979 and making lutes since 1982.

His expertise as player and teacher informs every step in the making and setup of his instruments, which are easy and rewarding to play.

His instruments are sought after by amateurs and professionals alike, who admire their superb sound, beauty, and quality of construction.

His instruments are sought after by amateurs and professionals alike, who admire their superb sound, beauty, and quality of construction.

His instruments are sought after by amateurs and professionals alike, who admire their superb sound, beauty, and quality of construction.

Martin is committed to helping develop the next generation of lutenists, and offers a discount of 15% for current University or Conservatoire students.

Martin is committed to helping develop the next generation of lutenists, and offers a discount of 15% for current University or Conservatoire students.

Martin is committed to helping develop the next generation of lutenists, and offers a discount of 15% for current University or Conservatoire students.

Martin's instruments are based closely on historical models and made using traditional techniques.

Martin's instruments are based closely on historical models and made using traditional techniques.

Martin's instruments are based closely on historical models and handmade using the finest materials and traditional techniques.

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Latest News

New lute for sale

We have a brand new 6-course after Gerle for sale. You can find more details, including pictures and a sound sample here.

Summer Concert

Martin performed a concert of readings and lute music in Oxford, UK, on 16th July. You can read his report on the blog.

New Top Tips video

In this latest short film, Martin describes some of the common problems encountered when tuning the lute and offers solutions and general advice – see right.

Cordefactum 2016

On 18th March Martin gave lectures on “practical aspects of lutemaking” and “historical perspectives”, at the Cordefactum festival at Mechelen in Belgium. Read about his visit here.

Book review

Martin’s review of The Lute in the Dutch Golden Age: Musical Culture in the Netherlands: 1580-1670, by Jan W.J. Burgers, appears in the latest issue of the Galpin Society Journal (LXVIII).

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Dowland’s ‘Tremolo’ Fantasia: What’s wrong with it?

September 28th, 2016

Dowland’s famous “tremolo” fantasia is familiar from many performances, starting with Julian Bream in the 1970s and continuing to be a favourite piece amongst modern lutenists. This piece appears in the Collected Lute Music of John Dowland (London: Faber...

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A tastar de corde, recercar, and calata by Joanambrosio Dalza

September 26th, 2016

It is now over 500 years since the publication (on the last day of  December 1508) of  Dalza’s Intabulatura de lauto.  It was the fourth lute book published by Petrucci, the first two being the two volumes of Spinacino and the third the (lost) book of Gi...

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