One gets a strong impression from the figure on p. 27 of the PDF file that
it is for 6 strings/courses with the tuning of the modern guitar. This
figure lists the notes of the scale in octaves, with EADGBE in open
noteheads, while all the rest have filled noteheads.
From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf
Of Monica Hall
Sent: 16 November, 2014 16:31
To: WALSH STUART
Subject: [VIHUELA] Re: Guitar tutor (Spanish) 1750?
Interesting indeed. It must be for a 6 course instrument as the music
goes down to E in places.
The 5-course guitar was still alive and well in1750s. Corrette's tutor was
printed in 1762.
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From: "WALSH STUART" <s.wa...@ntlworld.com>
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Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 8:18 PM
Subject: [VIHUELA] Guitar tutor (Spanish) 1750?
> The National Library of Spain has (online and downloadable) an MS,
> described as a Metodo para guitarra , but in more detail, second
> half of the 18th century.
> (to download it, click on icon in left hand panel when the pdf opens)
> Perhaps this is very well known already? Anyway, 1750 seems very
> unlikely... 1790s, perhaps?
> It starts with many pages in hand writing (in Spanish, of course and I
> don't know Spanish), then pages of music theory, scales etc and then
> pieces of music from pdf page 49. Perhaps the music is for a six-course,
> rather than a six-string, instrument.
> Strangely, for a tutor, no indications of fingering are given. There are
> lots of short, attractive pieces, often in the keys of A and D but there
> are a few longer pieces.
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