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    Default 13 String Guitar - Weiss Suite 34 - III Courante

    Hi Everyone,

    My first post here. My name is Mark and I really love baroque music. I bachelors degree in classical guitar from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Last year I had a custom instrument built for me, which is a 13 string guitar that is tuned like a baroque lute.

    If you have a minute (literally!), take a look at my video.



    Thanks!
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    forgive me for asking, but why?

    Why make a guitar pretend to be a lute instead of using a lute as a lute?
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    I like your playing - Weiss is such a beautiful composer and deserves to be much better known

    and for those who like Mark's playing, follow the links and there are more pieces of him playing Weiss too
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Hey Headphone, thanks for watching.

    This is strictly my opinion and should be taken as such...
    I'm a classical guitarist. I absolutely love the instrument. I also love baroque music. Since the guitar that we know today did not exist in that time period, everything is transcribed and really doesn't "fit" the instrument well.

    I love listening to the lute (more on CD than in concert) I just don't enjoy playing on them.
    Again, in my opinion, baroque lutes are very expensive, aren't very loud, tend to be muddy, and with the tied on frets/gut strings/tuning pegs, intonation can be an issue.

    I thought it would be neat to combine the two instruments and take advantage of the best of both worlds.

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    ^^^ Fair enough!

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question

    and, please .... carry on sharing your playing - I enjoyed it
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Thank you! I'll be sure to post the rest of the suite as I record it.

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