Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Akira Sakamoto
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  • Alexandros Zervas
  • Alikalael
  • yong leong
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  • Yaron Naor - Ibis
  • Scot Tremblay
  • Eugenio Luis Emiliano Spagnoli
  • Stanley Alexandrowicz
  • Peter Forrester
  • ROY Jean-Bernard
  • Alexander Batov
  • Rocky Mjos

Akira Sakamoto's Discussions

Surprising and Sad News: Aquila stopped producing gut strings
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Hello, folks, just as the title says.  Please refer to this announcement on Aquila's website:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Underhill Nov 30, 2011.

How to play this chitarra battente?
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Hello folks, Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments in Japan has an interesting collection of string instruments of the guitar/lute family.  This chitarra battente looks somewhat peculiar:  If I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Akira Sakamoto Sep 17, 2010.

What kind of tuner are you using?
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Hello, folks, this is more of a practical topic rather than an academic one: When I purchased my first period instrument (renaissance guitar in my case), one of the initial problems to encounter was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Day Aug 2, 2010.

CD-ROM of the collection of Vihuela Music
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Hello, folks, I'm looking at the CD-ROM titled "Libros De Musica Para Vihuela 1536-1576" which contains facsimile data of the seven surviving collections of vihuela music by Narvaez, Milan, Mudarra,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dmitry Medvedev Feb 7, 2014.

 

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Akira Sakamoto replied to Akira Sakamoto's discussion Where to put the bourdon?
"Edward, I'm afraid I haven't encountered any historical or graphical evidence to help me decide. After experimenting both possibilities myself, however, I felt that the fourth course with the bourdon on the treble side is much easier…"
Jul 2, 2014
Edward C. Yong replied to Akira Sakamoto's discussion Where to put the bourdon?
"hello!  after four years, have you decided whether you prefer the bourdon on the treble or bass side, and which is more useful?  thank you for your help :D"
Jul 2, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Bill Samson's discussion Renaissance guitar technique?
"どういたしまして! Hope this helps!"
Jul 2, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Bill Samson's discussion Renaissance guitar technique?
"You may want to refer to this discussion started by me some years ago: http://earlyguitar.ning.com/forum/topics/where-to-put-the-bourdon"
Jul 2, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Recordings
"A couple of performances of the renaissance guitar pieces by Le Roy and Morlaye by Jocelyn Nelson can be viewed here on…"
May 1, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Recordings
"An ASV (now defunct) CD "Alonso Mudarra Spanish Songs & Vihuela Solos" by Catherine King and Jacob Heringman contains all six pieces for the renaissance guitar composed by Alonso Mudarra. All performances I mentioned so…"
May 1, 2014
Akira Sakamoto and Edward C. Yong are now friends
Apr 30, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Recordings
"Nigel North plays two Mudarra pieces and two le Roy/Ballard pieces using the Renaissance guitar made by Peter in his "Guitar Collection" album. Hopkinson Smith's "Alonso Mudarra Tres Libros De Musica En Cifras Para…"
Apr 5, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"Thank you very much for sharing your insights.  I think this is yet another example of the difficulty of researching the stringing and the tuning of string instruments."
Apr 2, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"This guitar may look a bit strange.  It looks like having a double first course and a single second course at the nut, but a single first and a double second at the bridge.  Also, the treble string for the fifth course starts to…"
Mar 31, 2014
Dmitry Medvedev replied to Akira Sakamoto's discussion CD-ROM of the collection of Vihuela Music
"Would anyone be interested if I rewrote the software for this CD-ROM to be able to run on both Windows and Mac and maybe added a few additional features, like text search? And I could replace the facsimile images with higher quality ones available…"
Feb 7, 2014
Akira Sakamoto replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Fingering Markings In Morlaye
"I keep a MS Word file of an instruction by Taro Takeuchi, London-based Early guitar/Lute player, on these dots saved from his website.  He also notes that the dotted figures indicate that they are to be played with the…"
Jan 11, 2013
Akira Sakamoto replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Post Torres Guitar
"Personally I joined this forum precisely because of the name: Early Guitars and Vihuera.   As others noted, these two categories (especially vihuera) are scarecely specialized in any other websites (except for Sociadad de la…"
Jan 4, 2013
Akira Sakamoto replied to Rasmus Erlemann's discussion Stauffer style guitar
"Thanks, Scott. The new link doesn't work either (maybe just on my PC, but it just works normally otherwise...), but I sent a request to take part in the group on FB. :)"
Dec 2, 2012
Akira Sakamoto replied to Rasmus Erlemann's discussion Stauffer style guitar
"Scot, the link doesn't work on my PC. I'm afraid I couldn't help, but judging from the steep angle of the bridge saddle, the guitar appears to be "modified" to use steel strings, rather than "restored". Does the…"
Dec 2, 2012
Akira Sakamoto replied to Rodrigo Mateus's discussion Baroque guitar pegs treatment
"Hi, Rodrigo, I would fear that the graphite might wear the peg or the peghole. Graphite (pencil) works nicely when applied on the nut to reduce the friction, but I would doubt if the method applies to the pegs and the peg holes. Also, I've…"
Nov 27, 2012

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About me:
I've been playing the electric bass (another musical instrument played with the fingers without nails!) for over thirty years, but, so far as the period instruments are concerned, I'm total newbie. However, renaissance and baroque music has been in heavy rotation in my CD player for a couple of years!

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At 17:20 on September 26, 2012, Dave Christian-Clark said…

Hi Akira - I am selling my 1813 Josef Pages 6 string guitar via Bonhams Auctions in London on 31st October 2012...you can view it online (lot 5) under Bonhams 'Auctions' 'Fine Musical Intruments'.

Kind Regards

David

At 21:21 on December 1, 2011, Olav Fylling said…

Yong Leong, I use Aquilla nylgut for E, B and G on my classical guitar -- Aquilla nylgut for my Tomann baroque guitar, and have just changed to nylgut on my EMS Renaissance Lute ( 8 course). I think it sounds very good on all three instruments -- On the lute and baroque guitar it felt like getting a new and better instrument. The reason for not using Aquilla for the spun strings on my classical guitar, is that the D-string on the first set I tried only survived one week before the copper broke at the second fret (must have played E to many times that week) The same happened after some weeks on the baroque guitar -- I now use an Aquilla nylgut G-string for classical guitar as D-string on that instrument. A little weaker in sound, but works OK.

So the conclusion is: Try Aquilla nylgut for your lute and order an extra G-string (two if you don't use octaves) to the set -- It's the only bass string that is often fretted, and will probably wear out before the other strings.

At 7:56 on December 1, 2011, yong leong said…

Hi Akira, thank you & I am glad we are friends.

     I got the Aquila Nylgut strings for my classical guitar from Tony, one of the members on this forum , he is very helpful. I am really happy with the Aquila Nylgut for my classical guitar.

    Do you play Renaissance Lute ( 8 course) ? I have problem trying to get some good strings for my Renaissance Lute. You know any good brand?

     Once again thank you for your reply

At 10:52 on July 25, 2011, Peter Forrester said…

Hello Akira, 

Long may our friendship continue! I have been honoured for some time that you are using one of my guitars for your profile picture.  I'm afraid that it was made before we found out about scalloped sides!

Best wishes.

At 8:09 on May 3, 2011, Alikalael said…

Hi Akira, tenks 4 accepting my request, greetings.

Ps, Nice intruments

At 18:45 on May 13, 2010, Rocky Mjos said…
Welcome to the network! -- R
 
 
 

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