Thanks Stephen and Rob.Stephen Kenyon wrote: ↑Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:59 pmIts about sonority rather than key. As Rob observed, the originals exist in many different keys, and given that tuning varied greatly over time and geography, the original composers and arrangers simply were not that fussed about key in the way we tend to be now.
Most 'normal' guitars - inc yours! - generally sound better with the capo on 2nd fret. This also makes it easier when you are learning a piece that goes above the 5th fret - compensating for 2 frets is normally easier than 3.
I've actually already placed the capo on the 3rd fret, because I copied Rob!
I'm getting quite a nice sound with it there, but I will try the 2nd fret too. I'm plucking very lightly and using more flesh too, I think.
I may stick with it on the 3rd fret, though, because it makes some of the stretches that bit easier.
I've recently acquired the complete Dowland edition by Diana Poulton and have scanned in Fantastia 1A (previously known as No.7) and cropped out the keyboard line, so it's now just 3 pages of lute tablature.
Yes, it is tricky knowing where the fingers should go, higher up the fretboard, with a capo on the 3rd fret! But I hope it'll be OK, once I've got used to it. I'm playing Lachrimae OK now, but it doesn't go up as high as the fantasia! Will have to see how it goes...