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Subject: Re: Lute
From: JPD <googlegroo...@guitarist.com>
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On Nov 16, 6:22=A0am, Guitarzan <dewachen1...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Nov 15, 11:55=A0am, Jonathan <gosto.do.vio...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:22:58 AM UTC-5, Guitarzan wrote:
> > > On Nov 15, 12:39=A0am, JPD <googlegroo...@guitarist.com> wrote:
> > > > If I had it all to do again, I'd take up the lute.
> > > > Weiss: Sarabande from Partita in G minor =96 Nigel North
> > > >http://www.guitarist.com/blog/?p=3D1249
> > > It's never too late.....
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/DSC_0282.jpg
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/DSC_0267.jpg
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/DSC_0268.jpg
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/DSC_0264.jpg
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/DSC_0195.jpg
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/DSC_0170.jpg
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/IMG_0351.jpg
> > >http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa334/MichaelThames/IMG_0325.jpg
> > Michael, what is the difference between your Dresden model and the clas=
sical guitar that makes the former more suitable for playing without nails?
> Both the classical guitar and the Dresden are designed to be played
> with nails due to the higher string tension than that of lutes.
> I've done what Dimmick is fantasizing about. =A0I gave up classical
> guitar, cut off my nails, and played only lute and 19th century
> guitars for 5 years. =A0I took lessons from Robert Barto, and Paul
> Odette....I did it all. =A0I even thought I was more refined than mere
> guitarists, most lutenists think this way, and consider the guitar an
> unrefined vulgar instrument of the masses, if you want to know the
> Steve Aron ask me to make him a 13 string guitar....... once I
> completed it, I could play all the lute music on it. =A0I was suddenly
> thrown into an identity crisis as my whole lute world came to a
> crushing to a halt in a matter of hours, since then I never touched a
> lute again and never made another one.
> The lute is indeed a noble instrument with a vast amount of extremely
> high quality music written for it, and perhaps lutenists are correct
> in their holier than thou attitudes, but, the simple fact remains most
> people don't care. =A0Most people prefer Bach on the piano, personally,
> I can't stand listening to Bach on a harpsichord it drives me crazy.
> Even guitarists that I played for couldn't relate to the lute at all,
> and don't think for a second that a lute will win favor from the fair
> sex it won't, unless you like frigid sexually repressed type women,
> then by all means play the lute, or if you want a good reason to get
> your wife to leave you, play the lute, she will in no time hook up
> with a rock guitar player.
> It's a wonderful fantasy, but in order to really play the lute the way
> it should be played one must cut off their nails, that means you can
> kiss the classical guitar good-bye.
> In the end, I realized I enjoyed the guitar more than the lute, I
> longed to play guitar again, when I made the Dresden all of a sudden
> the doors were both swung open, I could play all the Weiss and Bach on
> the Dresden, and play the modern classical guitar again.
> It comes down to this do you want to cut off your nails? =A0Think about
I've played plenty of lutes over the years. I know what they're about.
I've just never owned one and really applied myself to the instrument.
Since I'm not playing guitar anymore, maybe this would be a good time
to sink into a lute or two. With the different right hand technique to
shake things up, who knows, it might bring me back. Cutting off my
nails? It'll probably kill me or make me stronger.