Early Guitars and Vihuela

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James Gallant's prize-winning "La Leona and Other Guitar Stories"


Some years back--I forget how many!--I had a discussion here with some Early Guitar and Vihuela posters about a project I was just beginning: a series of short stories involving early guitarists and guitar-makers. Most of the stories were completed about ten years ago, and have seen literary magazine publication. Some of the characters were actual persons, some inventions of mine. In either case, the characters, and the situations that engage them in the stories are mainly…


Added by Jim Gallant on April 12, 2020 at 1:37 — No Comments

CD Featuring 9 Early Romantic Guitars

Great CD featuring 9 Early romantic guitars played by Roland Gallery.

More details here:


short video clip here:


Added by Howard Davis on December 20, 2019 at 9:54 — No Comments

New CD with Spanish music for 6 course guitar


The Label Lindoro just published my new CD Juegos filarmónicos - Philharmonic Games with Spanish music of the 18th century for 6 course guitar. The composers (Abreu, Ferau, Laporta, Avellana) are unknow for the most part. Here you will find more information. Sample:…


Added by Thomas Schmitt on October 25, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Sacred songs with baroque guitar accompaniment

Hello. So, im getting an idea how this site works, slowly, so if someone can tell me how or where it would be better to ask this sort of thing, that would be appreciated.

im new to baroque guitar. so new in fact that my guitar has not arrived yet. Ive been a classical guitar teacher for more than a decade, but the baroque guitar will be new to me.

I will be playing in a recital with a harpsichordist and a tenor vocalist palm sunday 2016. the harpsichordist and i will play the…


Added by Bill Brettschneider on August 26, 2015 at 22:57 — No Comments

Soundboard Scholar #1 soon to appear

Dear Guitar and Vihuela People,

     I am writing a the general editor of the GFA's new "peer-reviewed journal of guitar studies," Soundboard Scholar(SbS), to invite your engagement with and your written contributions to this interesting new publication venture.

    The goal of Soundboard Scholar is to encourage, recognize, and

publish research of the highest caliber related…


Added by Thomas Heck on August 25, 2015 at 13:41 — 1 Comment

New CD is coming!


I’m recording my first solo CD, playing with 7 different instruments: 6, 8 & 10 strings guitars, romantic, baroque,  and renaissance guitars, and vihuela.

Here, one little prelude by François Campion wrote for baroque guitar, recorded at home whilst I was studying for the session record. I hope that you enjoy it! and renaissance guitars, and vihuela.



Added by Marcos Pablo Dalmacio on May 27, 2015 at 22:50 — No Comments

A modern edition of music from the Pepys Library for baroque guitar to be published this year

For those who may be interested in baroque guitar accompanying voice, an edition of airs & recitative by Jean-Baptiste Lully and arranged by Cesare Morelli will be published by the UK Lute Society in November 2014.

This music is from volume 2804 in Samuel Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge University and the pieces are arrangements from Lully's operas 'Cadmus et Hermione' and 'Thesee'. These are mainly arranged for solo voice, guitar and basso continuo. There is also… Continue

Added by jon rattenbury on September 25, 2014 at 15:56 — 3 Comments

Gil de Avalle’s Private Collection Pages

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Added by Luthier Daniel GIL DE AVALLE on February 15, 2014 at 14:01 — 1 Comment

Dionisio Aguado’s Tripodium reproduction, now at my workshop

Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849)

 … Tripodion

Added by Luthier Daniel GIL DE AVALLE on February 15, 2014 at 13:53 — No Comments

La Hermosa

Hello everybody.

Does any one know or have any information on the piece La Hermosa mentioned by Minguet y Yrol in his treatise on Spanish Dancing? Any pointers would be gratefully received.



Added by Steve Player on March 24, 2012 at 14:06 — No Comments

Guitar videos with 6-course instrument


I just posted some videos with the 6-course guitar (Vargas, Ferandiere, Abreu). 


Enjoy it,


Added by Thomas Schmitt on February 25, 2012 at 17:20 — 7 Comments

Legnani Caprice #9

Here is a recent recording I did of Legnani Caprice #9

This is a work in progress as I hear many areas where there could be improvement.

After I improve this one, I really want to start on Caprice 10, which reminds me of something Mozart  would have written.

Legnani Caprice 9

Added by Joe Harris on February 17, 2012 at 17:10 — 6 Comments

New CD with spanish six-course guitar music


The Label "la ma de guido" has just released my CD (De gusto muy delicado) with Spanish 18th century music for the six course guitar. In the following link there can be found more information: http://www.lamadeguido.com/nov_.html



Added by Thomas Schmitt on February 17, 2012 at 7:05 — 4 Comments

Ovahuela update

I'm almost done with the "Ovahuela" so it's time to update this blog. This was a fun project. The nice thing about it was the freedom rebuilding an old klunker gives you. I was free to experiment and try things I normally wouldn't if I were building a "period" instrument from scratch.

A little background

I bought an old 1970's Ovation Applause from my sister for $50 about ten years or more ago. It was a 6 string (steel), approximately an "OM" shape. It had a…


Added by Mark Day on January 24, 2012 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

baroque and vihuela publications for beginners

hi all,mykel here,i have been looking for books for beginners,but not sure as to what to buy.as a beginner can someone point me in the right direction please,thankx

Added by mykel smythe on November 16, 2011 at 12:31 — 1 Comment

Latest project: the Ovaute.

What to do with an old Applause Ovation 6-string with a godawful aluminum/resin neck and a plywood top? Rebuild it into a lute, or vihuela, of course!

I started by removing the plywood soundboard. Most luthiers that do repair work will tell you they hate Ovations. I can see why. Ovation uses all sorts of epoxies and other "space-age polymers" to glue their guitars together so taking them apart is not pretty. As I wasn't planning on saving the soundboard, I didn't care. I wore a…


Added by Mark Day on September 5, 2011 at 17:08 — 2 Comments

Preparations and problems

Bad news. Being military, we move around pretty frequently and my dad plans on retiring this year so we are moving for the final time and I have to put off the Renaissance guitar project. I went scouring the internet for a smaller and easier project and I decided to attempt the Pochette violin. Seems pretty simple so it should be done when I get the schedule fixed.

Added by Javier Rivera on June 12, 2011 at 22:39 — 1 Comment

Finished plans

I just now finished drawing the plan for the belly of the Renaissance guitar.  While I was in class learning about proportions, I decided to use proportions on the Guillaume Morlaye cover picture. I used the sting length of a renaissance guitar now owned by Akira Skamoto of this forum and divided that by the string length in the picture and that was the scale factor. I's trying to get my dad to get me spruce from Old World Tonewoods And when I get the wood I'll get right to work. I might…


Added by Javier Rivera on May 15, 2011 at 2:22 — 2 Comments

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