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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 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).

Francesco da Milano page

The Francesco da Milano page is being added to and improved – check back regularly to find new PDFs and MP3s. You can also find a growing selection of PDFs and MP3s in the Featured Pieces section of the blog.

Featured Video


On the bench – March/April 2016

  • 7-course lute in striped plum, after Gerle: Beech neck and pegbox, 60cm string length.
  • Theorbo in yew with holly spacers: 87.5/165cm, with historical string disposition of 6 double courses on the petit jeu and 8 single courses on the grand jeu.