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Does anyone know the origin of the dispute?

I'm sure I can see Lars in the picture...

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on February 12, 2012 at 20:45
That's what Matanya thinks - the thumb thing. Right or wrong, it does bring up the technique of using your left-hand thumb to play notes on the sixth string. Giuliani indicates the technique in his scores. It fell out of practice when people started playing wider fingerboards, but on most 6-sting 19th-century guitars it would have been easy enough to do, for most people. Glad to hear you use it, Lars, and I must say I do also. It helps if the neck is approaching parallel to the ground, rather than the position adopted by most modern-day classical guitarists. Sor was against it, but he was against most things people got up to ;-)

So, Giuliani and Carulli - who else used the LH thumb?
Comment by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen on February 12, 2012 at 20:22

As far as I've read the quarrel has something to do with the technique where one uses the left hand thumb to play the sixth string in some chords. Carulli used ( as I ) the thumb, but Molino was against it. But again it's merely a caricature painting. Hope that answered Your question Rob. If anyone else has a different opinion please let us know.

Comment by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen on February 12, 2012 at 8:55

I wish I could have been there. I remember having read somewhere that this is merely caricature painting showing how popular the guitar was in Paris during the "reign" of Carulli an Molino. I've recently purchased a book with music by F. Molino. In the preface is mentioned the quarrel between Molino and Carulli. The thing is, it's only in italien so I can't read it. Maybe I could try google translate.

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