Re: [SCA Newcomers] Digest Number 2614
- Respected friends:
--- On Tue, 1/10/12, D'vorah bint al-Attar wrote:
> 1. Assistance re period "guitars"
> The question is, what Medieval instruments, if any, are (1)
> six-stringed, (2) tuned to "Standard Tuning," that is, with
> the strings tuned from a low E, to a high E, traversing a
> two octave range—EADGBE? (I had to look these things up:
> I'm not a guitarist and if you ask for more information than
> that, I won't be able to tell you.)
There's a renaissance instrument perfect for your purposes. It's a Vihuela, the last ancestor of the modern guitar. It plays just like a guitar, there's a slew of music for it, and it is a joy to use. The guitar replaced it because the Vihuela has a warm, intimate, "fuzzy" tone, ideally suited to romance and time with friends, but not well-equipped for the noise and distractions of large-scale public performances that suit the loud, metallic ring of the guitar.
Yours in service to both the Societies of which I am a member-
(Friend) Honour Horne-Jaruk, R.S.F.
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- On 13 Jan 2012, at 8:06 PM, Honour Horne-Jaruk wrote:
> There's a renaissance instrument perfect for your purposes. It's a Vihuela…Thank you! I'm going to have fun looking for vihuela music for Akim. I hope he's interested in playing it once I've found it!
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