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The Renaissance guitar, vihuela, and Baroque guitar used in the 1984 "Guitarra!" videos were made by Jose Romanillos.
Hi Isidro, your statements are not correct at all. I highly recommend you attend some early music concerts and see and hear real early music musicians playing baroque guitar, lute, and theorbo!
So, we have two points to discuss. One, is has to do with the construction of period baroque guitars versus modern classical guitars. A "real" baroque guitar is loud despite their small size. They sound totally different from Julian Bream's instrument. They cut right over the top of other instruments. They are punchy and percussive. And they are great for playing continuo. You need to be exposed to the correct "period construction" and to the period performance practice. Here is an original period guitar made by Antonio Stradivari (yes, THE Stradivari). Rolf Lislevand is playing, and this is baroque technique (versus Julian Bream . . . who is excellent but does not play with baroque technique).
And here is a baroque guitar playing continuo in an ensemble and as you can hear, it is plenty loud and even cuts over the top of the baroque harp. Guitarist and Grammy Winner Stephen Stubbs on guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3S7inDWP20
Here is Paul O'Dette playing theorbo with Pacific Musicworks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOQrLFrUySc
I hope these videos will help! Best Wishes, Tom
Hi Isidro, I get the issue now. So be assured that I want to see you succeed at the baroque guitar, and the world of baroque music certainly needs more skilled continuo players! It is great news that you actually have a BG even if it is not an ideal instrument. Just consider it to be a starter guitar - but it will allow you to hone your skills and there are so many special techniques when it comes to BG. Baroque guitar is definitely a contact sport . . . very aggressive right hand sometimes and of course similar to Flamenco. Also, you live in the Los Angeles area so you are in an area where baroque musicians come through on tour. Now, if you ever need to be put in touch with some west coast BG players and/or luthiers who make baroque guitars, feel free to contact me offline. Also if you not already a member of the Lute Society of America, I reccommend joining and attending one of the summer workshops. You would meet other players and get instroduced to some top luthiers. http://lutesocietyofamerica.org/
Baroque Guitar is one of the most exciting instruments in my opinion (I wish I played) and so I think you are on a great path. I'm just an old lute picker. You can hear soe of my music here: http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/tom/
Best Wishes, Tom
Personally I would question this idea that the baroque guitar is similar to flamenco. It is a popular misconception. The original sources do not support the idea that that the instrument was strummed in an aggressive and strident manner - on the contrary most of them refer to playing the instrument sweetly and softly.......
Hi Isidro, I sent you "friend request" and gave you my personal email address to contact me offline. I will put you in touch with some friends here in Seattle who play baroque guitar. Now, as I say, I do not personally play baroque guitar, I'm just a baroque lute an solo theorbo guy ;-)
Thank you for the nice compliment on Courante Confesse . . . it has been one of my personal favorites for about 40 years now!
Hey . . . speaking of friends who play baroque guitar . . . here is my good friend Rob MacKillop. He is a monster player! If it has strings, then Rob can play it! Check him out!