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'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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Hi Andei, thanks for your reply, great!
I'll do that.
Best wishes, Patrick
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you know where I could get a copy of the Von Held tutor, preferably an early one?
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.
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?
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
Hello Andrei, that is interesting! What tuning are you using?
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