Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Guitar made by Lars Jønsson

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Comment by Trond Bengtson on May 22, 2008 at 15:03
This works fine, now I have 13 frets. Thank you.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 22, 2008 at 13:49
Good idea. The tenth fret fell off my theorbo yesterday...
Comment by Timo Peedu on May 22, 2008 at 12:46
When I played Sanz with a guitar without those 11, 12, and 13th high frets, I just fastened short pieces of nylon string with roll tape as frets. Not too elegant but it worked.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 21, 2008 at 6:58
I think there is a sign for harmonics in a late baroque guitar publication, but I may be imagining it. Monica would know. Sanz sometimes reaches to the 13th fret. I might ask my luthier, Alexander Batov, for three body frets.
Comment by Trond Bengtson on May 20, 2008 at 22:38
Thank you for the nice words. Your solution using a harmonic is excellent. I just tried it and it works well.
I have never seen any sign for it in any manuscript, but they must have used it, it sounds lovely.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 20, 2008 at 21:13
I was actually playing that pieces this afternoon in preparation for a concert in three weeks time. You interpretation is lovely. I unfortunately don't have a 12th fret, so when that note arrives near the end of the piece I have to either play a harmonic or put my finger down hoping it will be in tune. I don't want to not play the piece just because of that one note.

You have a nice calmness about your playing, Trond. Melancholic in the most positive sense. Keep 'em coming!

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