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. Fred -----Original Message----- >From: Monica Hall <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >Sent: Sep 22, 2008 8:12 AM >To: Joshua Horn <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >Cc: Vihuelalist <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: [VIHUELA] Re: Lineage of early Guitars > >This is really an impossible question short of writing a book on the >subject. > >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 >history. > >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". > >Monica > >----- Original Message ----- >From: "Joshua Horn" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >To: <email@example.com> >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 >> >> -- >> >> >> To get on or off this list see list information at >> http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html > >