Writings for lute students

On Music

– 16th century lute music
Explaining something about the lute and the different forms of lute music in the 16th century.

– A Lesson in Polyphony
Taking a two part intabulation by Fuenllana as a lesson in how to play polyphony on a lute.

– Continuo Playing on Baroque Lute
A series of lessons.

How to Study
An article about good study habits.

A series of lute lessons inspired by the teachings of Zen. In these lessons I try to establish a school of lutedō: the Way of the Lute.
– Zen in the Art of Lute Playing
– Cultivating the Flower. Zeami on lute playing.
– Lute Recipes by Dōgen.
Genjōkōan – Realising Music Through Lute Playing.
– The Sound of Silence – Ma in Music.
– Zen in the Art of Listening
Walking the Music
One moment of MusicThe Kōan of Playing Lute

On Lutes

– Calculating String Tensions
Explaining the why and how of calculating strings for lutes. Again, theory followed by practical advice.

– String Choice
Some thoughts on why it makes sense to use historical strings on an historical instrument.

– Go for Gut and Gut strings, a work in progress
This is my personal story of how I came to use gut strings and why I like them better than anything I have used before.

– Mean-tone temperament for lute
To better understand a little of the mathematics behind mean-tone temperament, but most of al to have a practical DIY-guide how to tune your lute to mean-tone temperament.

– Pythagorean temperament for lute
A DIY-guide to tune your lute to Pythagorean temperament.

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