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Valéry Sauvage
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Valéry Sauvage replied to Isidro alcantar's discussion Vihuela tuning
"Usually vihuela is tuned like the lute : GCFADG, or one tone higher if a shorter string length. If you have a vihuela with longer string lenght you can tune it to F or E (E,A,D,F#,B,E), even D."
Jun 24, 2017
Valéry Sauvage and Paul Blanchet are now friends
Jul 27, 2016
Valéry Sauvage left a comment for Paul Blanchet
"No, standard low G won't fit on baritone ukulele, i'm using  a Nylgut (1.1 diameter)"
Jul 27, 2016
Paul Blanchet left a comment for Valéry Sauvage
"Hi Valery, When you use low G uke strings on your baritone uke, do you use the regular low G set, or do you need a special low G set for the baritone? Thanks! Paul"
Jul 10, 2016
Valéry Sauvage posted a video

Fantasie seconde - Adrian Le Roy - Renaissance guitar

Another piece on the gut strung renaissance guitar, a fantasia by Le Roy. Renaissance guitar made by Stephen Murphy.
Jan 24, 2016
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Les Buffons - Guillaume Morlaye - Renaissance guitar

Here is a try with the renaissance guitar (made by Stephen Murphy) with gut strings tuned in A 392.
Jan 21, 2016
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Recercar Ottavo - Vincenzo Capirola - Viola da mano

A nice piece by Vincenzo Capirola played on the Viola da mano (Vihuela) made by Didier Jarny. Subtitle of the piece is "Lalcier, et un spiciar, lave." What d...
Dec 11, 2015
Manuel Morais and Valéry Sauvage are now friends
Feb 12, 2015

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At 17:58 on July 10, 2016, Paul Blanchet said…

Hi Valery,

When you use low G uke strings on your baritone uke, do you use the regular low G set, or do you need a special low G set for the baritone? Thanks! Paul

At 22:19 on June 6, 2012, Herman Vandecauter said…
At 21:41 on December 3, 2011, Herman Vandecauter said…

I've seen your nice vihuela! Nice sound.

At 19:47 on April 14, 2011, Juan Pablo Pira said…
Thanks for playing my Bach arrangements in You tube.  You certainly provided an amazing musicality.  I am honored by your choice.
At 15:48 on March 26, 2011, Alexandros Zervas said…

Thank you my friend Val.

I found this site yesterday and it seems to me very good.

I'm happy because you are member of this site.



At 10:19 on March 24, 2011, Eamon Sweeney said…
Hi Valéry
Many thanks for your kind comment. Carolan can sound beautiful on the 5-course guitar. It's the correct instrument for the period and there is evidence of guitarists in Ireland at the time.
At 19:11 on December 16, 2010, Hideki Yamaya said…

Thanks, Val, good to see you too!

At 19:19 on January 9, 2010, Luis Carlos Martínez said…
Hi Valery nice to meet you. Greetings from Mexico!
At 7:50 on September 9, 2009, charles Kaimikaua said…
Hi Val'ery,
Glad your taking up the ukulele. This instrument is a sleeper,
been playing it for many years. It can play any musical piece from any culture, in the right hands, I mean the most difficult pieces.

It takes a good 20 years to understand this instrument, I find the ukulele to be the best instrument in the world to learn timing and rythym on. Because of its size it gets you there quickly in "rythyming" which you can't learn from music schools. You find your hands quicker here.

I play the Keyboard, Guitar - (Hawaiian, contemporary, blues Jazz, latin,) love all cultural music. Play the Hawaiian lap top steal guitar, Bass, Auto harp (nice instrument), had a taste of the Mexican Harp, a very awsome instrument, sounds like 10 guitars playing. Love the harmonica.

If you like Hawaiian music, have you heard the Hawaiian slack key guitar ? It is very very pleasant sounds, much of the tunings are in open tunings, makes it much sweeter.

Nice chatting with you Valery.

To my Unknown Portuguese speaking friends to be, I need a translation
please, the term Machette de Braga, Does it mean, the Machette from Braga, Portugal ? and what does Machette mean, does it mean that particular knife, used to cut sugar cane with ?

Any one speaking portugues please respond.

Also anyone from around the city of Braga Portugal preferably a music authority on the Cavaquinho please refer them to me.

Have a few questions to finish my book on the "Origin of the Ukulele".

Thank you so much,

Charles (chuck) Kaimikaua
At 18:30 on September 1, 2009, Jelma van Amersfoort said…
Hello Valéry and thanks! I forgot to mention that the song is by Antoine Mahaut (1719 - 1785), a Dutch composer :-) I'm playing basso continuo on a Mirecourt style guitar in this recording. Gut strings of course.

The words of the song are in quite hilarious archaïc Dutch.

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