Moderndandy wrote:...Let me ask this, how difficult would it be to keep both technique real lute and classical guitar up as on nonprofessional.
I guess I can try to answer that one for you. It depends on a couple things, degree to which you are a nail player (long nails, short nails, inbetween...) and if you choose to play the lute left hand thumb under or more like you play guitar.
Here's what "thumb under" looks like:
It's sort of the "accepted" historically correct way to play renaissance lute these days. It was largely abandoned by the Baroque era and even during the Renaissance not everyone played this way. The Vihuea players (Luis Milan and friends) right hand position was more like a modern guitarist and anecdotal evidence suggests some very accomplished lutenists didn't either.
Here's a good Baroque lute right hand. It's much closer to the classical guitar RH and it works just fine on the Renaissance...OK, all you hard core traditionalists no flames!
Xavier Díaz-Latorre is one of my favorite lute players BTW....
The trick with the lute and other coursed (two strings per pitch) is that you must strike both strings at the same time. This is done by plucking the middle of the course so that both strings sound simultaneously. It's not really as hard as it sounds. If you look at the players fingers in the videos above you will see that the first phalange of the finger collapses more than guitarists (usually). The girl is actually better to watch that Xavier, he is playing the single strung theorbo so it's not quite so necessary.
I use a RH position which attacks the string at a oblique angle not straight on, much like Xaviers hand position. It's a compromise I had to work out for myself as I play mostly 19th century guitar and lutes equally. Ironically, the "historically correct" (I actually hate that phrase...) RH position for 19th century guitar and Baroque lute are hardly different so it's not an issue. Switching from lute to guitar in the middle of a performance can be a slight problem for me unless I don't take a few moments to adjust to the different instruments (Ie. first half of concert lute, second guitar).
On the other hand, I have a friend who plays many different lutes, guitars and Persian instruments professionally and he has the ability to switch his right hand technique, to suit the instrument in the hand, basically at will. I don't know how he does it but it works very well for him.
I do use a little nail, (very short by todays standards) which just peek over the fleshy tips of my fingers but I've always played that way, not quite nail-less. Players who prefer those horses hooves on the ends of their fingers will have an issue playing the lute...many cannot.
So, there's some random thoughts. Hope something there helps.
And finally, here's one more excellent lute/baroque guitar right hand technique...attached to a very charming young lady,Anna Kowalska. Enjoy...