Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

Jelma van Amersfoort
  • 51, Female
  • Amsterdam
  • Netherlands
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Here's a live recording of Salvador Castro's Folías, on a gut strung Spanish guitar:

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Jelma van Amersfoort left a comment for Charles Browne
"Hello Charles, welcome to the EG & V website!"
Jul 19
Jelma van Amersfoort left a comment for Akiko Sato
"Welcome Akiko!"
Jul 4
Jelma van Amersfoort posted a discussion

Original 19th century guitar for sale, excellent instrument

Anonymous French guitar by unknown makerFrench guitar, c. 1820-1850. This is a player's instrument, with excellent intonation and a wonderful sweet sound. Also very smart-looking. Comes with the original fitted wooden case (!) which is pretty but rather heavy. The scale is ca. 62.5 cm (24.6 inches) so very comfortable.I bought this instrument in London in 2012 (I think). The only thing I had fixed was the nut; is had been replaced by Sebastian Nuñez, who also adjusted the tuning pegs. The…See More
Jul 4
Jelma van Amersfoort left a comment for Terence M Gurley
"Welcome to the Early Guitar & Vihuela Website, Terence!"
Jun 25
Jelma van Amersfoort left a comment for Ellwood Colahan
"Welcome to the Early Guitar & Vihuela website, Ellwood!"
Jun 25
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Strange Symbols In The Score...
"In earlier sources these squiggles can mean vibrato."
Jun 25
Jelma van Amersfoort and Ruey Yen are now friends
May 16
Jelma van Amersfoort commented on Bernie Lehmann's photo


"Dear Bernie, thanks for the great images. What is your philosophy about the modifications you made to the original Renault & Chatelain design? I think you added a compensated bridge, widened the fingerboard and changed the inlay here and…"
Apr 2

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About me:
I studied guitar with Tom Burmanje at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and with Gordon Crosskey at the RNCM in Manchester. Masterclasses with Leo Brouwer and David Russell. I graduated as a musicologist in 2013, with a thesis on the composer Pauline Duchambge (1776-1858). Currently I am working on a PhD thesis/dissertation about guitar culture in the 1700s (at the Uuniversity of Southampton, UK).

I have been playing 19th century guitars for about 20 years now, after spotting & buying a lovely Mirecourt guitar at a local auction. I have been performing on gut strings, without nails, right from the start. Among other instruments, I own a ca 1830 Franz Brunner (Vienna), a ca 1855 D & A Roudhloff (London), and a Enrique Recio (Cadiz) from 1862.

As a performer, I mostly accompany singers, such as Christopher Kale, tenor, Sigurd van Lommel, altus and Valeria Mignaco, soprano. I also enjoy playing instrumental chamber music. In recent years I played with Elly van Munster (guitar), and various string players. I teach early guitar, lute and ukulele.

Email: jelmaa-at-gmail.com

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At 22:30 on January 5, 2017, Leon de Kroes said…

Hoi Jelma, leuk om je hier te zien!. Hartelijke groet, Leon

At 20:03 on August 11, 2016, Guzman Ramos said…

Thank you Jelma!

At 4:36 on June 13, 2016, Ken Hartdegen said…

Thanks very much Jelma! Nice to hear from you; still getting it all set up....

At 17:48 on January 14, 2016, Alan Clark said…

Thank you!

Regards, Alan

At 8:20 on November 11, 2015, Marten Falk said…

Thank you very much!

At 14:52 on November 2, 2015, Timothy Burris said…

Hoi Jelma,

Arcas, Pujol, Manjon, Llobet, Pujol, Tarrega, o.a.


At 9:22 on September 14, 2015, Toby Chapman said…

Many thanks.Toby.

At 22:23 on September 13, 2015, Gregg Miner said…

Thanks, Jelma - I was recently invited by my multi-string friend Stanley Alexandrowicz, but I should have signed up long ago!  I'm not sure what I can offer your group but a fascinated, appreciative audience.  I'm (predominantly) a steel-string fingerstyle player, but dabble when I can a bit with everything in the Miner Museum.

At 17:33 on July 24, 2015, Mario Torta said…

Thank you Jelma, Great site!
Kind regards,

At 10:47 on July 6, 2015, Dr Jack Giles said…
Thank you Jelma, I look forward to participating in the activities of the group. Regards Jack

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