That will work, as long as you use f# tuning for the 3rd string. I use a capo on the 2nd fret. I would recommend using the original lute tablature or the the Diana Poulton collection. Doesn't take long to learn the system and you can learn pieces very quickly when you are used to it. It also shows what positions and strings the composer would have used so it takes any doubt out of the equation. I occasionally deviate from the tablature to play things on different strings, but not for colour reasons, more for ease of performance, where the lute version has a very strange, fast shift in or a horrible stretch. The tab is definitely a good place to start though.johnny00 wrote:nice playing, I'm learning it now and found a transcription in key of E though or did you just use a capo?
I bumped into the topic of thumb in/out today in an article in Lute Society's Lute News #64, which in turn refers to an article inpogmoor wrote: During the 17th century a 'thumb-out' technique developed which became much more the norm for baroque lute players - and in fact I have seen it suggested that Dowland was on the cusp of this development and may have changed his technique as he got older. However I'm not sure what the evidence is for this!
Thanks, Martin, for reminding me where I had seen the comment about Dowland. I read Michael Lowe's Lute News article that mentioned Dowland's change of technique when it first came out, but over the years I'd forgotten where the information came from. That's old age for youMartinCogg wrote:I bumped into the topic of thumb in/out today in an article in Lute Society's Lute News #64, which in turn refers to an article in
the American Lute Society's Journal # xii with translation of reference to John Dowland starting 'thumb-under' then switching to
'thumb-out' which occurs in the (it says 'so-called', I know not why) 'Johann Strobaeus Manuscript' whilst it is declaring several
famous players of the time who use 'thumb-out' technique.