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John Underhill
  • Cheltenham, Glos.
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Bar below the bridge
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 In his article on guitar bridges, Sinier de Ridder writes that Pons and Lacote added a bar below the bridge (i.e. between the bridge and the lower block) 'with quite a special design' which 'allowed…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael. N. May 31, 2012.

Recommended recordings
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  I searched the Forum but didn't find much mention of recordings on CD, so how about a thread where members can recommend performances they particularly enjoy?  I'll begin with the CD I have playing…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen Nov 23, 2011.

Baroque guitar barring
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When making lutes I have used soundboard wood for the bars, hence their grain direction is parallel to the soundboard. I would be interested to know whether this was also common practice for Baroque…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael. N. Oct 21, 2011.


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About me:
I started playing classical guitar many years ago and then I switched to playing (and making) lutes. Having played very little for a long time, I recently became interested in the Baroque guitar - I was inspired in particular by the Sanz CD of Laberintos Ingeniosos.
I am currently in the process of making a Baroque guitar for myself. In order to have an instrument to play in the meantime I bought a 'Thomann' baroque guitar which I have modified in line with advice that I found on this forum.

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At 16:18 on September 30, 2011, Chris Despopoulos said…

Welcome to the forum.  I'm definitely a fan of Xavier -- I had the luck to audit a class he gave, and I was also inspired to play the Baroque guitar.  One thing about that Sanz recording...  I believe he plays it with no bordones, which many people say is the way Sanz recommends.  In all accounts, Xavier's playing is brilliant and exciting.


Coming from classical to Baroque myself, I can tell you it's pretty tricky to get used to having a G as the lowest ground in your range. I suggest you shy away from pieces you already know on the classical guitar -- it's easier to get used to the different way of thinking.  Also, take the old tablature trick to heart...  In general, let all the notes ring as long as possible.  It really changes the semantics of what you're playing if you don't, and semantics are the biggest confusion when you don't have bordones IMHO.


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