Thanks. The top 6 courses (single or pair of strings) of the 13 course Baroque lute are tuned fdafda and they are fretted on the fingerboard. The bottom 7 course are a diatonic scale going from A to G and only the top 3 of these are ever fretted. The bottom 7 strings are tuned according to the key of the piece so a d minor piece has a Bb instead of a B for the 13th course. A D major piece has a F# seventh course and a C# 11th course. That is one of the reasons pieces were grouped into suites or sonatas that were all in the same key, to avoid retuning after every piece.norban wrote:Hello kidneycutter,
I'm very impressed. Not only by the Menuett you are playing here but more by your website with all the beautiful lute videos allone 22 vids with Weiss music. A huge afford.
You play various pitches, D, A, F, ..... Is it possible to play them on the lute without tuning ?
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