RobMacKillop wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:48 pm
One of the tests I'll be carrying out is whether I can easily play the regular six-string repertoire on it. In theory it should be possible, but playing is not theory. We shall see.
Here's my advice, based on MANY years of playing (playing with?) the 10-string.
ONLY play six-string repertoire on it for several weeks, months, until you are fully comfortable with it. The neck is wider so the angle of your left elbow is perforce altered somewhat. The outcome is that the 3rd string is where your elbow and wrist expect the 1st to be, and the 1st/2nd strings are where "thin air" should be. You've had many years playing lute, so this may not be as big an adaptation for you.
Focus on the six-string repertoire, and learning to damp the resonant basses with the heel/wrist of the right hand. The first recording that Narciso Yepes made with the 10-string (albeit the 3rd one that Deutsche Gramophonn released) was a set of 24 Sor etudes, all played as-written on the basic six strings. He used a custom half-capo* to play in various tonalities, keys such as C# and F# that Sor never composed in, in order to demonstrate the overtone resonances of the basses. (This from Viktor's since-deleted 10-String page).
The 10-string is a beautiful if antagonizing instrument to learn.
*SIDE-NOTE: I saw Yepes play the Bach 999 Prelude in Los Angeles using this half-capo, playing it in A minor and presumably using the H. D. Bruger edition, and capo III to sound in C minor, with use of the open basses as needed.
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