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Аndantе (Op.31, №8) by Fernando Sor -- Russian antique guitar

'Аndantе' by Fernando Sor from "Vingt quatre Leçons progressives pour les Commençants" (Op.31, №8) played on an antique russian guitar with "I F Muller" labe...

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Comment by Patrick Broekema on March 20, 2014 at 8:46

Hi Andei, thanks for your reply, great!

I'll do that.

Best wishes, Patrick

Comment by Andrei Blinov on March 20, 2014 at 7:00

Нi Patrick! I have a copy of this tutor!  Please enter "my friends" group for me to send it to  you  as a private message.

Best regards,


Comment by Patrick Broekema on March 19, 2014 at 14:15

Hello Andrei. I have been searching for a copy of the Von Held (Игнац ГЕЛЬД) tutor for a while now. So far without result. If you find a digital copy I would be very interested.

Best wishes,


Comment by Stuart Walsh on January 22, 2014 at 10:15

Thanks Andrei. Please don't take any trouble. I do have lots of 19th century Russian seven-string guitar music to try and play! This music can be very challenging to play - and the strings on these guitars are very close together.

I'm just curious about the very earliest seven-string music - and it seems to be the Von Held tutor is the earliest that has survived.

Comment by Andrei Blinov on January 22, 2014 at 5:14

Hi, Stuart. I don't know where this copy may be available but I'll check it out with the guys on the Russian forum and let you know asap.

Comment by Stuart Walsh on January 21, 2014 at 18:53


Do you know where I  could get a copy of the Von Held tutor, preferably an early one?

Comment by Andrei Blinov on January 19, 2014 at 21:10

Thanks, Stuart!

The author of the first printed Guitar Method for 7-string guitar published first in 1798 (and then reedited in 1802, 1806 and 1812) was Czech Ignatz Von Held (1766-1816). In particular, this School contains some “beautiful Russian and French Airs in modern style” and a compilation оf 40 Russian and Ukrainian songs in the edition оf 1806. Unfortunately, I am not big expert in this matter.

Comment by Stuart Walsh on January 19, 2014 at 19:45

Very nice Andrei.

I would be very interested to know more about the first appearance of the 7- string guitar which you say was first used for accompaniment , not for solos. Do any of these early songs still exist?

Comment by Andrei Blinov on January 10, 2014 at 12:17

Hi Jelma, thank you for your question.

7 string guitar appears in Russia late 18th – early 19th century not as a solo, but accompaniment (for vocal part) instrument. Shortly after some Russian guitarists began using this guitar as a solo instrument with success. This instrument also has a great significance (until today!) in the culture of Russian Gypsies. The tuning from 7th to 1st in the 7 string guitar differs significantly from the 6 string one – DGHdghd’. In this video I use the guitar as a 6 string one with standard tuning.

Нi Giovanni! Thanks

Comment by Jelma van Amersfoort on January 10, 2014 at 11:11

Hello Andrei, that is interesting! What tuning are you using?

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