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In his Method, Sor suggests resting the guitar on a table - as I do here.

A beautiful study in Bm...

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on February 11, 2009 at 12:02
Thanks, Carlo. Glad you like it. The guitar was made by Simon Ambridge http://www.ambridgeguitars.com/
Regarding the table - it all depends on the height of the table. With the one in the video, I feel very relaxed and can move anywhere on the instrument easily. I would say there is only a very slight difference in sound compared to resting it on my legs - the sound is more free, but only slightly. On the other hand, I prefer to be able to move my body more with the instrument, so that we become as one, physically. With the table method, I feel it is separate from me. So, I mixture of positive and negative observations. But it is fun and worth a try.
Comment by Maurizio Manzon on February 11, 2009 at 11:32
Very well played, Rob. A clean and delicate sound and the right mood for this study. I have a Panormo guitar made by Carlo Angelo Cecconi very similar to your instrument. Who made it? And about resting the guitar on the table, will you tell me if you found this position more confortable versus the normal way and if, in your opinion, the quality of the sound improves significantly or not.
Thank you a lot.
Maurizio Manzon
Comment by Rob MacKillop on December 6, 2008 at 8:04
Well, I wouldn't say large effect, more a very subtle one. Difficult to cary the table to gigs...
Comment by Kaimi on December 5, 2008 at 22:46
Thats interesting. :) From what you say, it seems to me the wood or material the table is made of would have a large effect on the amplification of the instrument.

Comment by Kernoa Patrig on December 5, 2008 at 21:39
Using the table as an amplifier seems to be a common practise for the lute in the Renaissance times. We can find exemples in the iconography.
Thanks for this nice "Etude" sounding very delicate.
Best wishes, Patrig
Comment by Rob MacKillop on December 5, 2008 at 16:57
The opposite. There is a very slight amplification. I quite like it.
Comment by Kaimi on December 5, 2008 at 12:23
Do you find the table significantly distorts the sound of the instrument in contrast with vibrating through your body and the air alone?


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