Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Scot Tremblay
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Canada
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Strange Symbols In The Score...
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I have been looking at some of the music published under the guidance of Madame R. Sidney Pratten and have come across a couple signs that I'm not sure how to interpret. See the link below for some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yuri Liman 20 hours ago.

Early Music Stores In New York

A friend will be in New York in November and she is looking for a store which carries soft cases and strings for early guitar like instruments, the vihuela/lute in particular. Do any of our New York…Continue

Started Sep 8, 2015

Seven Course Vihuelas

I read another article which referenced 7 course vihuelas. Can anyone tell me if there is there is any new evidence for it other than Bermudo and a collection of reference to players like Luis de…Continue

Started Jan 6, 2015

Alexander Hopkins Baroque Guitar For Sale
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With great reluctance I have decided to put my Hopkins Castilian style Baroque Guitar up for sale. I find I'm so busy with building, playing Early Romantic and my lute that I haven't played it in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Isidro alcantar Feb 22.

 

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Yuri Liman replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Strange Symbols In The Score...
"Thank you very interesting"
20 hours ago
Scot Tremblay replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Strange Symbols In The Score...
"Thanks,  gang. I did eventually find out what Madame R. Sidney Pratten intended by these symbols. For other who might be interested they are all found in her method.  http://digital.riam.ie/H41/h_41.pdf"
21 hours ago
Yuri Liman replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Strange Symbols In The Score...
"I believe cross in a circle is right hand thumb. (especially considering following dots to indicate other thingers) - probably some kind of rasgeado here.  This sign is used also today in some editions.  And 'squiggle' i thing…"
22 hours ago
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Strange Symbols In The Score...
"In earlier sources these squiggles can mean vibrato."
Sunday
Bill Brettschneider replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Strange Symbols In The Score...
"The squiggles look like trills to me, but I don't know about the crosses. they look to me like they were drawn in, not part of the original printing, perhaps?"
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Scot Tremblay posted a discussion

Strange Symbols In The Score...

I have been looking at some of the music published under the guidance of Madame R. Sidney Pratten and have come across a couple signs that I'm not sure how to interpret. See the link below for some pieces but Leonard Schultz. I'm looking at the first piece, 5th line, 1st measure. The squiggles under the 1/16th note run. And the third piece, last line the circle with a cross inside over the chords. I have an idea but would like to hear others thoughts and, if possible, a source where these…See More
May 28
Scot Tremblay and Isidro alcantar are now friends
Feb 22
Isidro alcantar replied to Scot Tremblay's discussion Alexander Hopkins Baroque Guitar For Sale
"Hello, I am a community college student who is looking for a used BG to learn on. Is this guitar still available? If so what is the price? Thank you for your time. -Isidro"
Feb 22
Jelma van Amersfoort commented on Scot Tremblay's status
"Great! Oleg is a wonderful player."
Jun 12, 2016
Scot Tremblay posted a status
"An interesting concert for anyone in Vancouver this coming weekend. http://www.salishseafestival.org/vancouver.html"
Jun 8, 2016
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"Hi Dominic. No this is a J.G. Staufer "Legnani" 8 string. The string length on this one is 607mm or 610mm. Those are the two string length choices I offer on this model and I don't remember which this one is.I also make a later…"
May 17, 2016
Dominic Wan commented on Scot Tremblay's photo
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"Hi Scot, is this a Ries? Just curious (the photos aren't labelled)."
May 17, 2016
Scot Tremblay posted a discussion

Early Music Stores In New York

A friend will be in New York in November and she is looking for a store which carries soft cases and strings for early guitar like instruments, the vihuela/lute in particular. Do any of our New York members have any suggestions of places for her to check out? Thank you in advance.See More
Sep 8, 2015
Scot Tremblay posted a discussion

Seven Course Vihuelas

I read another article which referenced 7 course vihuelas. Can anyone tell me if there is there is any new evidence for it other than Bermudo and a collection of reference to players like Luis de Guzman, Pedro de Madrid? Any iconography, new scores come to light?See More
Jan 6, 2015
Scot Tremblay and Rui Namora are now friends
Aug 6, 2014
Scot Tremblay commented on nick harrison's photo
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Guiot London 1847

"Hmmm, wonder if Panormo might have been one of his influences? ;) I don't think the bling works as well on that shape as well as it does on the French models but still a very pretty instrument."
Aug 6, 2014

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I am a luthier/player specializing in 19th century guitar. As a personal interest I dabble in vihuela and renaissance lute.
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At 10:58 on October 28, 2013, Yutthasak Komjornkijborworn said…
Dear Scot, thank you so much for the comment. Yes, those guys are fantastic musicians and apparently very good teachers. I learn a lot of period technique and so. I will come to visit the forum as much as I can. We keep in touch! Yutthasak
At 8:24 on July 14, 2012, Dave Bucher said…
I was reading a few of the comments here and I read that spruce was used for necks. I don't know if you've ever seen the tables of MOE's of various woods but spruce is way more elastic than the open grained hardwoods usually used...Sitka is down a few steps from the strongest...Douglas fir and yellow larch...which I use periodically for soundboards and especially braces...it taps well and is of a medium weight...old growth quartered wood is best...it splinters like a demon but it could be used...way more elastic than mahogany, Spanish cedar, maple. Several species of Larch are the stiffest and most elastic...Larch is a kind of pine and various pines work well too. I use good pine for soundboards on period instruments. I used an oak or hickory brace very early in my career to experimentally induce an arch in the top of an archtop jazz guitar. My bouzoukis are induced but bending in all directions is difficult so I shaped a heavy brace with a re-curve built in. Over the space of several months it flattened out and when I removed the brace, it retained the shape that it had assumed! Maple has given me similar result. that is when I really delved into the elastic properties of wood...not just the "strength" but the "memory" of the wood. modulas of elasticity is the standard by which we should judge all woods that are going to be under tension.

Dave
At 18:29 on June 4, 2012, Michael Schreiner said…

Hi Scot, I was admiring your Stauffer photos and the neck adjustment mechanism caught my eye. Where did you get it? Thanks, Michael Schreiner

At 14:55 on February 15, 2012, Oleg Timofeyev said…

Hi Scot,

sorry it took me forever to respond.  I will be happy to answer any questions within my competence :–)

At 23:33 on December 27, 2011, Yair Avidor said…

Hi Scot,

Same here, I'll try and record the Sor variations on the Mozart theme soon.

In the meantime, I love playing contemporary guitar music on the Panormo model!

At 22:47 on November 23, 2011, Bradley Wycoff said…

Greetings, Scot.

I just want to thank you for your help in my efforts to build an early Romantic 7- or 8-string guitar. I really appreciate your expertise and input. I'll probably start the "conversion" project after the holidays. I'll keep you informed of the progress.

I hope you are enjoying the "sunny" Pacific Northwest as much as I am. It's really quite "lovely" here today.

Bradley.

At 19:34 on April 2, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…

Hi Scot,

 

I think Edinburgh University has a drawing of that terz guitar. I can't remember playing it at all, but clearly I did as the photo is the proof! Oh dear, I'm becoming senile...

At 19:00 on March 26, 2011, Wilson Burnham said…

Thanks, Scot!

 

There is a player in Colorado who wants me to make him an all mahogany uke, I have some really nice mahogany that I have been saving just for that. I once heard an all mahogany guitar played by a wonderful finger stylist, wow, what a guitar!

 

Wilson

At 18:33 on March 26, 2011, Alexandros Zervas said…
This baroque guitar was 3/4 classic guitar and I did some changes with my friend Petros Zaranis who is istrument maker.
At 15:30 on March 26, 2011, Wilson Burnham said…

Hi, Scot!

 

Had a gentleman from New Mexico comment on my blog yesterday, telling me he is making a a guitar from your Martinez plans. He was wondering what the guitar would sound like if it was made entirely from mahogany, I suggested that for his first guitar he stick with "traditional" woods. Just wanted to let you know that folks are still making the Martinez. I have a friend who keeps bugging me for another one, maybe when I'm settled back in Colorado I'll make him another.

 

Wilson

 
 
 

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