"Monica Hall has given you some very good advice and her site is indeed full of accurate source information.
You were asking, as far as I understand, if the early strumming technique was similar to modern flamenco strumming play. My reading of…"
I don't generally follow this site on a regular basis so have only just come across you enquiry.
I would not support Peter's observation about wedged fingerboards. In my view, these aren't usually there when the…"
"Thank you for this link which you posted some time ago.
It seems as though it is only possible to access it one page/image at a time and , since there's some 230+ pages, it's all a bit time consuming. Have you combined the images to…"
"Well, and I hope this isn't a trick question, if 'tuned a perfect 4th higher than standard' and the 'standard' (or commoner) nominal tuning is first course e', then you are looking at a first course in…"
"It seems to me that in Italy in the early 1600s five course guitars often (but not always) had fairly short string lengths ie in the low 60s cm, but by the end of the century longer lengths became more common throughout guitar playing Europe (ie…"
When I said 'I wonder if this instrument is from around 1800' , I was in fact intending to say that I was questioning the view that it was from around 1800! As you'll see from later in my note, I suspect any date…"
As Stewart says, an interesting project. Is Karagantcheff's his music anything like that of the 19th century Decker-Schenk (1826 - 1899) who seemed to have a significant influence in Russia in the later part of…"
"In German speaking Lands - essentially the German states and Austria - the mandora (aka gallichon) bridges the gap between baroque and early romantic music and it's tuning is mostly identical with that of the 6 string guitar guitar; tho'…"
"Further to this and our recent emails, there are also decent photos of the instrument in the 1977 published book 'GUITARS.....' by Tom and Mary Anne Evans. Page 22 has front, side and back views. Evans gives the string…"
"Dear Martyn Pane,
Ward's extended paper (comprising 214 pages - the whole of LSJ XXI!) gives much of the information you seek about Playford's 1652 publication. You can obtain a copy from the Lute Society.