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Early Romantic guitar: string height above fingerboard
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael. N. Apr 20, 2013.

Weber songs with guitar (and piano) Op 13, Op29
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Martyn Hodgson Mar 5, 2013.

Kuffner: Serenade Op 214 for violin, viola and guitar
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Martyn Hodgson Mar 24, 2013.

 

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Martyn Hodgson replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Ideal String Length
"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…"
Apr 11
Martyn Hodgson replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Ideal String Length
"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…"
Apr 11
Martyn Hodgson commented on Patrick Broekema's photo
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3 nineteenth century guitars

"Thank you Jelma. Can the conversation be transferred to the Forum? And how to do it? It seems strange (at least to me) that there's no choice of address when responding to a comment. Martyn"
Apr 11
Martyn Hodgson commented on Patrick Broekema's photo
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"Dear Patrick and Stuart, Have you any idea why our discussion (below) doesn't appear in the 'Forum'? I emailed the administrator but no response..... regards Martyn"
Apr 10
Martyn Hodgson commented on Patrick Broekema's photo
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"Stuart, 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…"
Mar 26
Martyn Hodgson commented on Patrick Broekema's photo
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"Dear Patrick, 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…"
Mar 26
Martyn Hodgson replied to Gregory Moberg's discussion Pre-classical/"Galante" style music for guitar
"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'…"
Mar 7
Martyn Hodgson commented on pat o'brien's photo
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"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…"
Dec 4, 2013
Martyn Hodgson replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"Dear Martyn Pane, To whom is the you addressed in yr message above?  Wouldn't it be easier anyway simply to paste yr 'original reply' to this site......   Martyn Hodgson"
May 2, 2013
Martyn Hodgson replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"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.   Martyn…"
May 1, 2013
Martyn Hodgson replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"Quite right Peter - a slip of my finger (or brain.....).  And I do know L. speaks of wire strung and describes a cittern shaped instrument - but I still have a nagging worry that the small gut strung guitar/gittern may have been…"
Apr 30, 2013
Martyn Hodgson replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"Dear Martyn - , The point Ward (and Peter Forrester) makes is that by Playford's time the memory of the old small waisted guitar had gone to be replaced by a gut strung cittern shaped instrument. If you read our earlier exchanges…"
Apr 30, 2013
Martyn Hodgson replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"Dear Peter, Many thanks for this and advance apologies for my dimness in this area where you are one of the undoubted authorities. As far as I'm aware, Ward's extended paper in LSJ XXI is still a recognised good secondary source and…"
Apr 24, 2013
Martyn Hodgson replied to andrew penwright's discussion Gittern
"Many thanks Peter. I had assumed, because of the tuning mentioned, that Andrew Penwright was interested in the early gut string instrument; hence my observation - but I may be wrong! Regarding Playford, I'm not sure there is a direct link…"
Apr 23, 2013
Michael. N. replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion Early Romantic guitar: string height above fingerboard
"Modern Classical Guitars are built with a dome to the soundboard, you might call that convex. Romantic Guitars are made with a soundboard that is flat. Even without ever putting on strings, the Romantic Guitar Top will become slightly concave. The…"
Apr 20, 2013
Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen replied to Martyn Hodgson's discussion Early Romantic guitar: string height above fingerboard
"regarding the sinking of the belly between the soundhole and the bridge. Can that also be caused by too high a tension on the strings. I've graduatly been using a bit higer tension than I used to do, but can the tension pull the brigde towards…"
Apr 20, 2013

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