pogmoor wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:44 pm
I think the assumed pitch of the first course is E flat, and the other courses would then be C, A flat, F, C, G (with 1st course G it would be: G E C A E B). The 7th course is a tone below the 6th, ie F and the 8th to 12th courses (if you have them) usually descend E flat, D flat, C, B flat, A flat.
Okay, I was just reading the pencilled in. (perhaps it was a previous owner of the book) . I don't know enough about music theory yet to understand this so you are a life saver! I wanted to work from Mace's exercises without converting it on paper.
So, from the first six course up its: E flat, C, A flat, F, C, G and then the basses F, E flat, D flat, C, B flat, A flat.... And then 13th (on my lute) I'll just ignore for the time being.
I'm guessing I can get away with just down tuning my lute. Not sure how that will feel tension wise but I'm sure it will be fine.
I collaborated with James Smith on the UK Lute Society's edition of the lute music from Musicks Monument, so I had to get reasonably familiar with French Flat!
Ahh Well then, the perfect person for the job! Thank you.