Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Peter Forrester
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  • United Kingdom
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Peter Forrester replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Morlaye's Books
"Thank you Lisa!"
Jul 8
Peter Forrester replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Morlaye's Books
"This could be useful, however the Chanterelle facsimile does have the (original?) owner's script list of contents before each title page - legible only partially to me, at least!  According to Jim Tyler's preface a complete list is in…"
Jul 6
Peter Forrester and Jelma van Amersfoort are now friends
Jun 26
Jelma van Amersfoort commented on Peter Forrester's photo
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Francois Boucher," La Lecon", musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris.

"That is fascinating, Peter... it implies that (in that time in these circles) women and men guitarists would sound differently because they struck the string at a different point, because of the different playing positions! That never occurred to me…"
Jun 25
Peter Forrester posted a photo

Francois Boucher," La Lecon", musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris.

Seems to show two methods, male and female, of holding a guitar - a strap, and hung from a coat - presumably using back buttons and a string between them.
Jun 25
Peter Forrester replied to mike's discussion damage to romantic guitar from standing with a strap????
"On baroque guitars the back buttons are small and seem to be for a gut line between them, possibly with subsidiary loops, which could be hung from coat buttons. A 17th c. lute in the ex-V&A collection has such a loop (and it was present when…"
Jun 25
Peter Forrester replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"I haven't been able to find a good picture of the nut, however there is another photo ("Guitares", Eurydice, Paris, 1980) which shows the top course single, remainder double. So probably just a string which has become misplaced at the…"
Apr 1
Peter Forrester replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"A nice looking guitar.  Is this the one with the very detailed sides and back that look almost like wicker-work?  I think the neck has been shortened during the 19th c."
Mar 21
Peter Forrester replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Recordings
"Two of the first little guitars that I made were used for recordings in the 70s.  Unfortunately I can't give details because I have just presented my copies of the LPs to the Lute Society.  The second was by James Tyler's group…"
Mar 21
Peter Forrester replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"A third use - not really a reason! - is that the spare peg hole seems often to have been used for an ornamental bunch of ribbon, just occasionally as a fastening point for a strap."
Mar 21
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"I was originally frustrated by the difficulties of using a spirit varnish on a complex arrangement of surfaces like a cittern, and slower drying oil varnish seemed to have possibilities. Through FoMRHI I heard of William Fulton's use of…"
Mar 1
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"Yes. Pine resin with linseed or walnut oil.  I'm now ageing fast and making less so may now have enough varnish to see me out!  I find I've spent a day, sometimes two, making it about every five years.  At current prices…"
Feb 28
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"I'm afraid so!  The 1988 article followed a talk AND demonstration (described as"a breath of fresh air"!) at the Violin Conference a year or two earlier, and I've been making and using only my own oil varnish ever since.…"
Feb 28
Peter Forrester replied to Marek Cupák's discussion How did they paint necks black in 19th cent.
"Charles Holtzappfel, in "Turning & Mechanical Manipulation". 1850, p. 1398 says: "Black Varnish. May be made with 3 lbs. of black sealing-wax and 1 lb. of shell lac to the gallon of spirit, or fine lamp black may be mixed with…"
Feb 27
Peter Forrester commented on Rob MacKillop's photo
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Vihuela or Guitar...or?

"I think you'll find a similar-shaped instrument in other paintings by Poussin, and other artists as well.  Don't overlook that Poussin is here painting an imaginary scene in his past as well as ours, so that some difference in the…"
Nov 15, 2013

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Instrument maker and researcher since 1976. Special interests in early guitar, cittern, bandora, orpharion and varnishes.

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At 17:24 on September 26, 2012, Dave Christian-Clark said…

Hi Peter

I am selling my 1813 Josef Pages Guitar via Bonhams Auctions London

on 31st October 2012 if interested.

You can view it online by clicking on Bonhams 'Auctions' Fine Musical Intruments,lot 5.

Kind Regards

David CC

At 12:57 on August 30, 2011, Sean Noctor said…

I saw your pics, which drew my attention to you, I hope to make something from that period too but I'm gearing up to do some other projects first so it wont be till late next year before I look at anything else

    

At 12:25 on July 25, 2011, Akira Sakamoto said…

Hello, Peter,

thank you very much for accepting my request!  I feel honored to have the opportunity to own your marvellous renaissance guitar.  I know that a good instrument doesn't only sound good, but also teaches you how to play the instrument properly.  There is no doubt that your guitar is of that kind.  The absense of scalloped sides doesn't matter at all!

Best wishes,

Akira

At 22:55 on March 6, 2011, Scot Tremblay said…

Ah but you had an unfair advantage, you knew who the subject in the photo was.

 

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to reply Peter, it's good to have the one that knows clear things up.  I at first thought it was a cittern but decided against it because of the numbers of strings. Now I know ro look for other things as well.

 

At 9:54 on March 6, 2011, Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen said…
Thanks for that very fine answer.
 
 
 

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