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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 hand-made using the finest materials and traditional techniques.

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Latest News

Article in LSA Quarterly

Martin’s article, “How much of Dowland’s lute music do we actually have?” appears in the latest issue of LSA Quarterly (Spring 2016), pp.27-31.

A greatly expanded version of this blog post, it also includes the complete text of a Dowland pavan from CUL Add.3056 (which is not the version included in Poulton & Lam’s The Collected Lute Music of John Dowland).

Theorbo featured on CD release

A theorbo Martin made in 2005 is featured on a new CD release of Kapsberger’s Intavolatura by Italian lutenist Stefano Maiorana (www.stefanomaiorana.it) You can hear an excerpt from the disc, as well as purchase it by clicking here.

New videos

Two new ‘Top Tips’ videos were released recently, how to tie frets (see right) and another on Holding the Lute.

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.

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.

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Octave stringing: ‘irregular to the rules of music?’

November 4th, 2016

If you asked a modern lute player – any time from the revival of the lute in the early 20th century to the present day – whether their bass courses were tuned in octaves, they would probably say that they were tuned in unisons because none other th...

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Body frets: Who needs them?

October 22nd, 2016

…those that be exercised in the same art, stop the strings justly … as cunningly as though they had frets. Nowadays everybody uses tied gut frets as far as possible on the neck (usually up to the 8th fret), and wooden frets up to fret 12, but in the pas...

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