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Bill Brettschneider
  • Hesperia, MI
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Brettschneider Oct 11, 2016.

History of Rasgueado

Im thinking there is an interesting role of the guitar in the development of chord based harmony.....Im just working through an idea here......Any suggestions for reading material would be…Continue

Started Aug 16, 2016

History of Rasgueado
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Im thinking there is an interesting role of the guitar in the development of chord based harmony.....Im just working through an idea here......Any suggestions for reading material would be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yuri Liman Jan 11.

Orpheus Caledonius

Does anybody have a facsimile of Orpheus Caledonius that they would be willing to share?Continue

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Bill Brettschneider replied to Yuri Liman's discussion Low D string problem
"Yes sir. I am currently using their varnished strings and am quite happy with them"
Feb 28
Bill Brettschneider replied to Jean-Jacques Sacré's discussion Symbol for E minor chord in tablature
"I wish I knew as well. I wonder if earlier alfabeto systems started with the G major chord labeled "A," and as the system grew, they knew that the e-minor chord needed to be in proximity ti the G major chord, so they used a non alphabetic…"
Feb 11
Bill Brettschneider replied to Yuri Liman's discussion Low D string problem
"oh, one more thing, I like the sound of an unwound low A also. some people told me they wouldn't recommend it as it would sound "tubby" or something like that. I like it quite a bit."
Feb 6
Bill Brettschneider replied to Yuri Liman's discussion Low D string problem
"also, I have had the same strings on that guitar for maybe 9 months, except I had to change the first string. and yes I play it a lot. "
Feb 6
Bill Brettschneider replied to Yuri Liman's discussion Low D string problem
"I would consider getting the low g and d strings maybe one long one of each, but buy a few more of the thiner ones. they will break or go false sooner."
Feb 6
Bill Brettschneider replied to Yuri Liman's discussion Low D string problem
"no, bow brand was much better price. I use their varnished gut, and they last a surprisingly long time. I really like the sound as well."
Feb 6
Bill Brettschneider replied to Yuri Liman's discussion Low D string problem
"You might find that gut strings can be far more economical than you might think. If you buy in bulk, long (12 foot) pieces it can work out to be the same as nylgut I think. I believe I placed an order for enough to string my guitar maybe 4 times…"
Feb 3
Yuri Liman replied to Bill Brettschneider's discussion History of Rasgueado
"I mostly agree with you... I would suppose that originally alfabeto was close to moder CAGED system which uses basic open position chord shapes as fererence for everything (including scales and arpeggio patterns). But this is system is more…"
Jan 11
Bill Brettschneider replied to Dan Mozell's discussion Baroque to Romantic transition: Construction & Strings
"Also, the strings got thicker in the romantic era."
Dec 23, 2016
Bill Brettschneider replied to Dan Mozell's discussion Baroque to Romantic transition: Construction & Strings
"It sounds like you are thinking in terms of a deliberate re-design of the instrument, but in fact the transition was more like a gradual evolutionary process, I think. There were many early romantic guitars that were converted from baroque guitar…"
Dec 22, 2016
Bill Brettschneider replied to Davide Bortolai's discussion atalanta fugiens complete 50 canons vihuela transcription
"Im trying to follow the link but it won't go."
Dec 18, 2016
Monica Hall replied to Bill Brettschneider's discussion Chitarra Batente
"I don't really know anything about the modern chitarra battente except that I think that it is wire strung and possibly played with a plectrum. Also the soundboard is bent back towards the nut - can't remember the correct term for this -…"
Nov 23, 2016
Yuri Liman replied to Bill Brettschneider's discussion Chitarra Batente
"I am not sure about similarity...  but as far as I know Marcello Vitale plays chitarra batente (at least I never heard him play solo baroque guitar repertoire but lots of folk Southern Italian music) and in L'Arpeggiata he plays baroque…"
Nov 22, 2016
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"Wow, I had no idea there was a playable stradivari guitar other than the sabionari. Can you point me in the direction of more information on this guitar please?"
Nov 6, 2016
Bill Brettschneider replied to Davide Bortolai's discussion baroque guitar historical models
"It depends on what you mean by biggest. I think Stradivarius made uncommonly long guitars, but I would expect a deep vaulted back guitar to have a larger body volume."
Oct 26, 2016
Bill Brettschneider and Isidro alcantar are now friends
Oct 15, 2016

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Sacred songs with baroque guitar accompaniment

Hello. So, im getting an idea how this site works, slowly, so if someone can tell me how or where it would be better to ask this sort of thing, that would be appreciated.

im new to baroque guitar. so new in fact that my guitar has not arrived yet. Ive been a classical guitar teacher for more than a decade, but the baroque guitar will be new to me.

I will be playing in a recital with a harpsichordist and a tenor vocalist palm sunday 2016. the harpsichordist and i will play the…

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At 0:49 on August 10, 2015, Rocky Mjos said…

Welcome to the EG+V network, Bill!

 
 
 

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