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Buying a lute

Buying a lute As will be clear from my brief history of the lute there is no one instrument on which you can play all lute music, so your choice of lute will be determined by which music you want to p...

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Right-hand technique

Some notes on right-hand technique If you look at paintings of lute players from the 15th century you see the right arm coming over the end of the lute and the fingers held nearly parallel wit...

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Dowland’s Graces

Ornamentation in Dowland’s lute music You should have some rules for the sweet relishes and shakes if they could be expressed here, as they are on the Lute: but seeing they cannot by spe...

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Stringing

Lute Strings: Ancient and modern Introduction For all of the historical period covered by the surviving music for lute, lutes were strung with gut. For most of the 20th-century revival of the lute mos...

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Dowland’s Lutes

Dowland’s lutes: setting the record straight It is still widely believed that to play Dowland one needs an eight-course lute tuned in unisons throughout. It is also commonly believed that Eng...

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Lute history

A brief history of the lute The below video and the article which accompanies it are really for people who have just become interested in the lute and would like some help with the most basic question...

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Historical pitch

Historical pitch and the lute A plucked string instrument with a wide open-string range like the lute has a very limited range of possible pitches, especially when the characteristics of the string ma...

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Tuning & Temperament

Tuning and Temperament: What does it mean for the lute? When the lute was revived in the 20th century, everyone assumed that it was tuned in equal temperament. Equal temperament is the tuning system i...

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Francesco da Milano

Francesco Canova da Milano (1497-1543) This page is dedicated to the work of one of the greatest lute player-composers of the Renaissance, called “il divino” by his contemporaries. ┬áB...

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