Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Monica Hall
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Sanz Instruccion on accompanying a bass line
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob MacKillop Dec 6, 2022.

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Fuenllana - Orphenica lyra

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Monica Hall replied to Dr. Henner Kahlert's discussion Little Stradivari guitar E 906.1
"In the 17th century guitars were often of different sizes. Several of the early guitar books, notably Corbetta's 1639 book, 'Degli scherzi armonici' include instructions for tuning several guitars so that they can play in consort.…"
Oct 19, 2023
Monica Hall replied to Daniel Conrad Formell's discussion Santiago De Murcia - 3 Tarantellas
"This is the Tarentela from Resumen if you are interested."
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Axel Klein left a comment for Monica Hall
"Hello Monica Hall, please contact me, either in this forum or by email: axel.klein[at]gmx.org. I have a question regarding "Gallot d'Irlande". Thank you – Axel"
Jul 12, 2023

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About me:
I have been interested in the vihuela and baroque guitar since I was a teenager in the 1950s. I play the baroque guitar and have written numerous articles etc. about the instrument and its music. My current interests are the music of Corbetta and the development of baroque guitar notation.

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At 12:48 on April 22, 2023, Axel Klein said…

Hello Monica Hall, please contact me, either in this forum or by email: axel.klein[at]gmx.org. I have a question regarding "Gallot d'Irlande". Thank you – Axel

At 7:09 on February 26, 2023, Olaf Heinrich said…

dear monica, do you have eventually a scan of "i lieti giorni" from montesardo? regards, olaf

At 12:59 on January 28, 2019, Vincent Gregoire said…

Thank you very much for your scores online and fine editions !

At 17:38 on December 21, 2015, Alas said…

That's great! Thank you very much.

At 19:17 on December 7, 2015, Gabriele Natilla said…

Thank you for your reply, Monica. I will check about this Capona by Valdambrini, with the link that this kind member has provided. Gabriele

At 13:49 on January 28, 2015, Steve Walter said…

Dear Monica

I perform on vihuela and lute and have recently bought a baroque guitar.

I have a query concerning left hand slurs which I understand were considered  as ornamentation. These are notated extensively in French baroque music but are rarely notated in the music of Gaspar Sanz which I am studying at the moment. Of course, the absence of slurs in the tablature doesn't mean that they weren't played in practise. I would be interested in hearing your views on this subject.

I have noticed that in recordings of Sanz that I have heard, performers seem reluctant to add left hand slurs except in the few places where Sanz notates them.

Best wishes

Steve Walter


At 18:40 on November 3, 2014, João Pedro Duarte said…

Dear Monica,

Thanks for the information.

Gerard had my email (didnt change it) : joaopedroduarte@clix.pt

Best Regards


At 13:43 on March 10, 2014, jean michel Catherinot said…

Table pour apprendre facilement à toucher le théorbe sur la ... - imslp

Dear Monica, I'm not sure you finally got Bartolotti treatise! I can't copy the link, but you 'll find easily with this on IMSLP. All the best!

At 14:11 on November 3, 2013, Eamon Sweeney said…
Hi Monica
Thank you so much - can't wait to get playing these.
The instrument is guitar-shaped and sounds wonderful- we worked off the image on the Granata frontispiece, the Strad stringing information and the dimensions of existing Strad five-course instruments.
I'll post a photo on my page.
At 11:36 on November 3, 2013, Eamon Sweeney said…

Dear Ms Hall

I wonder if you could help me? I have just had a Strad/Granata-style theorboed guitar built for me by Ivo Magherini (and your article was a great help in the planning of the project!). I find that the Minkoff edition of Granata's Book 4 is out of print and I can find no other facsimile. Would you be able to point me in the direction of a copy. The possible repertoire is a little compromised without it!

Many thanks

Eamon Sweeney


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