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At 15:29 on December 6, 2012, Evan Balaban said…

Hi Pat,

The birds are doing fine! I've recently taken up baroque guitar, and I understand you may have a scanned copy of both books by Ferdinando Valdambrini (which I'd like to get my hands on, and I in turn have a digital copy of the Henry Francois de Gallot manscript if you are still looking for one. If you send me your email (mine is evan.balaban@mcgill.ca) I can give you access to the Dropbox folder where the Gallot is stored, and where you could deposit a copy of the Valdambrini if you are so inclined.

Best wishes,


At 15:21 on August 4, 2012, William Anderson said…

HI Pat--

I have a lute student.  Can you get in touch with me at 


or 914 479 8627


At 18:51 on February 25, 2012, Alikalael said…

Mr. O'Brien, thanks for adding me, grettings.

At 19:05 on February 19, 2012, James Westbrook said…

Dear Pat, Remember me, I was asking you about June Yakeley's instruments. I don't know if I actually told you, but I saw them! But I am emailing you today to tell you that I will be at the AMIS conference in May, and wondered if you wanted to go for a drink in  the bar in Manhatten that you used to frequent with June? please reply at j@theguitarmuseum.com James

At 19:39 on October 24, 2011, William Anderson said…
Bill Sampson.  Susan Hellauer loaned me some gut.  I will practice tying with some nylon guitar strings before trying to tie the gur'

I saw a websight that shows how to toe frets.

At 13:17 on October 23, 2011, Bill Samson said…

Hi William.

If you haven't got the loose fret fixed before Tuesday, the usual stopgap is to wedge a little bit of matchstick under it to tighten it up. 


At 0:10 on October 23, 2011, William Anderson said…
Dear Pat,
My theorbo frets are in sad shape, and I have a gig on Tuesday.  I lost your e-mail, and tel. When my last laptop crashed.
2nd fret was buzzing, and when I tried to rotate the fret a bit, the  May I call or email you? My cell---  914 479 8627
Thanks so much for any advice!
At 23:51 on October 22, 2011, William Anderson said…
Dear Pat,
My theorbo frets are in sad shape, and I have a gig on Tuesday.  I lost your e-mail, and tel. When my last laptop crashed.
2nd fret was buzzing, and when I tried to rotate the fret a bit, the  May I call or email you? My cell---  914 479 8627
Thanks so much for any advice!
At 23:18 on April 21, 2011, John Sheehan said…

Hello Patrick .Thanks you for the fine Lute lessons you gave me years ago. It is nice to see you here .Still trying to get the handle on thumb inside tecnique  when I can get the chance to play Lute .

Hope you're well

John Sheehan

At 22:33 on November 5, 2010, James Westbrook said…
Dear Pat,
Thank you ever so much for your speedy reply.
I am doing a PhD on Guitar Making of 19th Century London. Many years ago, in my last life I worked for an auction house in London and we sold June a Bambina guitar by Louis Panormo (not one of the Pratten models). I am desperate to trace this guitar and obtain some information.
I have written to Monica via the same way as I did you.
Thank you for the leads.
I guess soon you'll be going to the bar in Manhattan for another drink.
If I track this guitar down, I'll send you some money to have one on me too!
Thank you so much,
At 15:16 on October 26, 2010, sandro volta said…
Ciao Pat,
I remember Stresa, the lake, the sound of early guitars, Carlo,Denis, and you..naturally!
At 8:23 on June 21, 2010, jean michel Catherinot said…
Thank you so much, Pat! Gary Boye says this tablature is difficult to interpret, and it's true: but many bizarre and illogical things seem to be only and mostly errors of lines! Read like that, high level music. It's worth to work on it, even editing is more tricky than usual. Do you think it's possible to put that in the scores data of the group, or is it unfair for Gary Boye and the library?
At 12:07 on June 17, 2010, jean michel Catherinot said…
So here is the first book completed? I had to leave yesterday afternoon just after my mail, and found yours this morning: happy beginning of the day!
At 16:37 on June 16, 2010, jean michel Catherinot said…
It works perfectly. No problem at all with the 3.4 mb file. Wow. But my answer on your mail was rejected once more.
At 8:48 on June 16, 2010, jean michel Catherinot said…
Thank you so much for accepting to share this "treasure". 25 mb is quite a big file! Is it possible to make a zip file?


(my emails on yours are rejected as spams)
At 13:23 on June 15, 2010, jean michel Catherinot said…
Dear Pat,
I was quite seduce by the Valdambrini Rocky put on his page, and trying to learn more. James Tyler higly praise this music too, so I began my research to find the two books of Valdambrini. San' Cecilia library doesn't answer, but Monica Hall thinks maybe you have a copy: is there any way to get another one, or to have a copy, or whatever you feel convenient...
Best regards
At 21:57 on December 30, 2009, Floris Stehouwer said…
Dear Mr. O'brien,
Some years ago I read some rumors saying that you and Mr. O'dette were about to release a book on technique for renaissance lute. Does this book actually exist? If so, where can I purchase it from? Anyway, I am currently seriously studying renaissance lute and vihuela, and I am looking for exercises. I have found some warm-up exercises by you on the net, which I find very useful. Is there any way I can obtain more exercises from you?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Kind regards, Floris.
At 2:44 on April 21, 2009, technogrow55 said…
Dear Maestro Pat. What an honor to reach you here. I'm a newby Lutist. I got an 8 Course renaissance Lute few weeks ago after more than 25 year playing classical guitar. You inspired me to start to study the lute. Thank you.
At 16:31 on April 11, 2009, Andrew Hartig said…
Hi Pat,

I just stumbled across your picture of a cittern and cithrinchen - which museum are these from?

At 17:50 on July 27, 2008, Rocky Mjos said…
I know that Tyler has high praise for Valdambrini (and devotes over a page to this work), but Boye makes no qualitative judgement (but gives good information). I hope to see them some day. The first book looks particularly interesting to me, given the range of musical forms and dance types.

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