Delighted to announce the launch of my Introduction to the Lute - for Lute and Guitar players!
The book contains 31 great tunes, all in both guitar tab and lute tablature, from easy to advanced, and sound files for every piece and exercise.
The text deals with finding a lute, resources, technique for both hands, learning to read tablature, notes on composers and pieces, etc, etc.
Available as a hard copy book from Mel Bay and their distributors, or as an online eBook from Mel Bay. Sound files available from the Mel Bay site.
The book is focussed on the six-course Renaissance lute, but has lots of tips for guitar players as well.
Any questions, ask away.
Well, that's the publicity. The reason behind the book is that the folks at Mel Bay quite rightly pointed out that it's not just classical guitarists who come to the lute today, many come from rock or acoustic fingerpicking guitar as well. And of course some come to the lute as their first instrument. I've tried to welcome guitar players, and show where there are connections between lute technique and some of the techniques they might already have. For instance, it's not unknown for players of the 6c lute use left-hand thumb on the 6th course. And many fingerpickers on steel-strung guitars play with a thumb-in technique. They might use this book to play lute music on their guitar, acoustic or electric, but they might also be persuaded to try a real lute.
I'm particularly pleased that all the music and exercises are recorded on a 6c lute. And although guitar tab is included, you are encouraged to learn to read lute tablature as well. I've already started using the book with a couple of my guitar students, and now they are watching lute videos online, and asking interesting questions!
Classical guitarists can get a lot from the book, but there is no standard notation. Lute players never used it, and I encourage you to read lute tablature - if it was good enough for Dowland and Weiss...and is a gateway to literally thousands of repertoire pieces.
Any questions, just ask.
Sound files can be heard, but not downloaded, on my soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/robmackillop/set ... o-the-lute