You raise a good point, which is that things change over time and that it is impossible to recreate the conditions under which something was created in the distant past.RobMacKillop wrote: ↑Wed May 24, 2017 5:45 amIndeed, gut is, or was, a living thing, influenced by environmental conditions - add acid rain to the number of contributory factors. I think Mimmo Perufo has written extensively on the history of gut strings.
But gut is not the only thing that has changed. Wood is different, as are we, both physically and psychologically. Guitars are constructed differently, and technique has changed.
I've never believed that what I do is authentic in any historical way, rather I play the way I do because I like the sound of gut and flesh, feeling it has something special about it.
All of us start with what we are born with as our base assumption. I read an article about this with regards to the environment. If you could speak with your great-great-great grandfather he would tell you that the trees were bigger back then and that the fish were bigger too, because both were not harvested as quickly. We have a hard time believing that because it's not what we see in the world today.
Rob, your playing is full of joy, as I could see in your duet videos with the Terz guitars. That's enough for me, you play any way you want to. During last week's lesson, my teacher was joking that he was going to sandpaper the finger pads on his left hand so that he could get a quieter sound than that produced by calloused fingertips.
I like the sound with nails and I like the sound without, I just like the sound of the guitar. I wish nails would grow in overnight, for then I would be able to have it both ways. It strikes me that nails are also dead things, I'm not sure you could ever say they were living, though.