Thanks Stephen and Yorgos both for your input! Yes, I believe Sor did insist on playing without nails (I don't remember his exact words), but the contradictions that you so often find (thanks for mentioning Stephen
) already surface here, because it seems that Sor did use nails to produce certain effects. So yes, it can definitely sometimes be difficult to come to conclusions. But I just want to present the information that is in the method books and try to apply them to pieces, and often these instructions apply well to other genres/styles of music, which is a bonus!
Stephen - I do love my Smallman and use it for concerts (also with my wife/flute partner), but I do sometimes ponder over what other options I could explore if I did sell it...
I also had some questions for you about playing a Panormo, if you don't mind
Do you use nails, or flesh, or both? If you don't use nails at all, do you find that you're still able to get the Oboe/Horn nasal type sounds by playing close to the bridge? I am very curious because I have only played a Panormo a couple of times with nails, and back then I wasn't aware of these orchestral effects. I also wonder if you think these tonal effects are even more powerful on a Panormo than on a modern guitar?
This is for everyone: I do want to mention that now with the incredible resource of the internet, we are able to access many more historic documents than ever before. I would like to please encourage people to read the 19th century method books that are available to us (not just Sor's and Aguado's), because there is new information and repertoire in them that is not explored very much today. Pratten's 'Guitar School' is one great example that has some pretty revolutionary information contained within. There are also many great materials for learning about harmony and ornamentation that are not explored much in modern method books.
I've so far written about three of these method books, and I've provided a link where you can download them also (they're free/public domain) - http://danielnistico.weebly.com/the-res ... arist.html