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Beth Alexander
  • Niles, IL
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stringing
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I am experimenting with different stringing approaches. I read Monica's paper on stringing and tuning and it is very helpful (thank you!). But I still have a few questions.My guitar came to me with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beth Alexander Jun 15, 2016.

Corrente: octave marking
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James Tyler's BAROQUE GUITAR, page 60, Corrente.The open G string has a plus sign below it. In the notes before the song, it states that this indicates it is played an octave higher on the G course.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beth Alexander Mar 12, 2015.

Baroque guitar left hand technique
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I am new to the baroque guitar, using a strap to keep it in a comfortable playing position.The instrument is quite light (compared to contemporary classical guitar), and I seem to have a tendency to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ariel Oct 31, 2014.

Making sense of tab
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I am new to baroque guitar, finding deciphering tab and the various symbols used a bit confusing, at best.That said, I'd like to pose a specific question... In James Tyler's book, the first piece in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beth Alexander Jun 20, 2014.

 

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Beth Alexander replied to Beth Alexander's discussion stringing
"Thank you, Jelma and Ken. I ended up moving the bass strings so they are both on the bass side. It sounds right for the particular set of dances I am working on. I had to enlarge the size of the holes ever so slightly on the bridge and the tuning…"
Jun 15, 2016
Ken Hartdegen replied to Beth Alexander's discussion stringing
"I agree with Jelma that one should do the same on both basses. I think that it very much depends on what one is playing. Sanz said something like " ...in stringing there is variety..." which suggests we could do whatever we liked but I…"
Jun 15, 2016
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Beth Alexander's discussion stringing
"If I were you I would put the lower A and lower D both on the same side, because there will be a small difference in the sound depending if the lower (sounding) string is on one side or the other :-) Personally I prefer having the lower string on…"
Jun 14, 2016
Beth Alexander posted a discussion

stringing

I am experimenting with different stringing approaches. I read Monica's paper on stringing and tuning and it is very helpful (thank you!). But I still have a few questions.My guitar came to me with strings/tuned thusly:ebbggDdaaI'm experimenting with a low A string. My question is this... do I put it so it is the lowest string, or do I place one string in (next to the D). And if I do that, do I then want the 4th course also with the lowest D close to the A (it is currently closer to the g…See More
Jun 14, 2016
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"That helps, Peter. Thank you. Monica, too. I'm good to go!"
May 18, 2016
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"The vertical line between the d and r (or c if you wish) indicates that they need to be played simultaneously. The b and a in the 4th measure too, but this is probably not indicated because there's less ambiguity; the / between f and d in the…"
May 16, 2016
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"I need some help with this Bourree by Robert de Visee. Screen shot pasted below. 1. The vertical bar between notes (see the 2nd measure, last beat. The intro to this book says (in French) that these notes need to be "pinched". I get that,…"
May 16, 2016
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May 16, 2016
Beth Alexander left a comment for Rocky Mjos
"Thank you! I'm working Corrente seconda. I assume this is to be played at a pretty good clip, as it's a dance. A nice little piece."
Feb 15, 2016
Beth Alexander is now friends with Gabriele Natilla and Bill Brettschneider
Feb 15, 2016
Rocky Mjos left a comment for Beth Alexander
"Hello, Beth. Although they might be in the same key, I think Valdambrini likely thought of them as separate pieces. He actually uses the term "Partita" when he follows a dance with a variation. His 5th, 9th, 10th, and 12th Corrente, for…"
Feb 11, 2016
Beth Alexander replied to Gabriele Natilla's discussion Capona by Valdambrini
"Bill, I'm interested in the tab for the Valdambrini Capona as well. You can send a message in my mailbox here. Let me know if you need a separate email. Thank you so much."
Feb 10, 2016
Beth Alexander left a comment for Rocky Mjos
"I have a question for you about the Valdambrini dances. The first several dances... are they variations on a theme, or are they meant to be played together? Apologies for any ignorance on my part... I am relatively new to this. Thank you."
Feb 9, 2016
Beth Alexander replied to Beth Alexander's discussion Corrente: octave marking
"Thank you, Monica. Much appreciated!"
Mar 12, 2015
Monica Hall replied to Beth Alexander's discussion Corrente: octave marking
"What James Tyler is suggesting here is that the third course should be strung in octave rather than in unison i.e. that the guitar should be tuned e' bb gg' dd' aa. There is no historical evidence at all to support such a method of…"
Mar 10, 2015
Beth Alexander posted a discussion

Corrente: octave marking

James Tyler's BAROQUE GUITAR, page 60, Corrente.The open G string has a plus sign below it. In the notes before the song, it states that this indicates it is played an octave higher on the G course. I'm not sure how this is supposed to be done... it would mean some fancy (fast) finger work if one was to reach for the 12th fret, as either a harmonic or fretted note. The other alternative would be to play it on the 1st course.Does anyone here have thoughts on how this should be done?See More
Mar 9, 2015

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I play classical and baroque guitar, having started many years ago, having put it down for 20-or-so years, and picking it up once again. Love it.

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At 6:40 on February 11, 2016, Rocky Mjos said…

Hello, Beth.

Although they might be in the same key, I think Valdambrini likely thought of them as separate pieces. He actually uses the term "Partita" when he follows a dance with a variation. His 5th, 9th, 10th, and 12th Corrente, for example, are all followed by a single "variation" marked "Partita". The original dance and the Partita are all written in AABB form, assuming those are repeat signs.

But if you like grouping them, I'd say just do it!

At 21:24 on June 16, 2014, Jelma van Amersfoort said…

HI Beth, welcome to the EG&V network!

 
 
 

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