minstrel: Hmmmmmmm--a period looking guitar?
Lisa and Ken Theriot
lnktheriot at compuserve.com
Sun Mar 12 13:51:38 PST 2000
Since you have perused Ioseph's article, we can skip all that; I'll hit
your major points:
< First, monetary wise, let's put a price tag on this instrument of upwards
of around $700.>
Watch the auction pages like www.ebay.com ; they are the best places to
pick up bargains, and a decent instrument for under $700 qualifies. Check
out travel guitars and child-sized guitars; they have smaller bodies (and
often look more like citterns and other earlier instruments). You trade
sound production for body size, of course. ALSO, since you are in
Atenveldt... take a little trip south of the border and shop in Mexico.
Cheap, and some of the mariachi instruments are much nearer their period
< Second, a Lute is probably out (alas-so gorgeous!) because of its
complexity (I'm trying to be realistic here-I want to have fun playing "in
period", but not devote my entire existence to the intricacies of a
I agree completely. A totally (late) period attitude, BTW. If you want
the documentation, contact me off-list. Lnktheriot at compuserve.com
<Third, now that I'm thoroughly comfortable with the mundane properties of
chording and patterns on a modern guitar, I'm a little nervous about the
tuning changes necessary on other, more period instruments.>
Modern tuning is (just barely) period. Earlier tuning is not something I'd
recommend on a modern instrument because of the different stresses. Open
tunings can give you a more modal feel which picks up some of the "drone"
qualities of lute tunings.
< And finally fourth, I love an open, rich sound (especially that of a
Multi-course (12-string versus 6-string) instruments are arguable MORE
period than single course instruments. I wonder whether the sound you love
comes from the courses or the body, however. Modern 12-strings tend to
have "dreadnought" bodies which are pretty "right out" for period; the
richness of their tone comes from the great, big box. A body that big in
period would belong to a vihuela, not a guitar (vihuelas can still be
had-check any mariachi band!).
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