When I've been asked by students a question not unlike that posed by Josh, my 
instinct is to draw lineages based on distinct tuning/stringing characteristics 
of historical instruments.  The earliest instrument that is known to me that 
shares a similar tuning/stringing scheme to that of the modern guitar is the 
single-strung mandora of 18th century Germany.  Being that there was a strong 
early guitar making tradition in Germany that grew to include the likes of 
Stauffer, could there be a lineage to the modern guitar that can be traced from 
this instrument?  Can the history of the modern guitar be traced to the 
theorbo/chitarrone by way of the mandora?  Is it possible that the theorbo 
connection explains how the modern guitar idea came to the builders of Spain?

Sorry to answer a question with more questions.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Monica Hall <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>Sent: Sep 22, 2008 8:12 AM
>To: Joshua Horn <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>Cc: Vihuelalist <vihuela@cs.dartmouth.edu>
>Subject: [VIHUELA] Re: Lineage of early Guitars
>This is really an impossible question short of writing a book on the 
>However - received wisdom I think is that the vihuela could originally be 
>played with a bow, a plectrum or finger style -  to whit
>vihuela de arco
>vihuela de penola
>vihuela de mano.
>However "guitars" or instruments called "guitarra" seem to have existed 
>alongside the vihuela and it is not altogether clear whether this was simply 
>a vihuela with fewer strings or derived from a different prototype.
>Be that as it may, the present day classical guitar is probably not a direct 
>descendent of the vihuela - because in between you get my good friend "the 
>baroque guitar" which had only five courses and a  re-entrant tuning and was 
>all the rage in the 17th and early 18th century.
>About the middle of the 18th century someone had the bright idea of putting 
>a sixth course on it - or back on it ...and the rest... as they say ...is 
>Hope that's helpful and I don't spark off a whole correspndence from people 
>who disagree with my "History of the guitar in a nutshell".
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Joshua Horn" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>To: <vihuela@cs.dartmouth.edu>
>Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 11:11 AM
>Subject: [VIHUELA] Lineage of early Guitars
>>   Guys,
>>   I have read various sources on the web about the relation of the
>>   Vihuela to other stringed instruments. I am looking for information on
>>   the lineage of the modern Acoustic Guitars.
>>   I read on one site that the Vihuela was once a bowed instrument, is the
>>   Classical and Flamenco Guitars you see today direct relatives of the
>>   Vihuela, or are there other instruments that influenced them first?
>>   Josh
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