Lute events in the New Year: 17th-20th January, Benslow lute song course benslowmusic.org/?PageID=3169; 29th January Yorkshire plucked strings workshop with Matthew Spring, in Horsforth, organised by North East Early Music Forum and 24th or 25th to 27th March, our spring Lutefest, at Benslow Music Trust; three-night option or two night option
A short essay on using your phone to translate Lute News and to follow QR codes, by Chris Goodwin: Lute news and QR codes
Beginners lesson - 44 - Lute tuning, by Lynda Sayce
Sonatas for extended neck baroque guitar, by Ludovico Fontanelli edited by Peter Elliot - see free downloads
Tree Editions now available as free downloads on this website - an amazing free lute library, bequeathed by Albert Reyerman. Also added to the main menu for the website - see Tree Edition Files.
Recent updates to our members compositions page. Fantasia after Mudarra by Michel Amoric; Canary from Purcell's Indian Queen and two folk tunes by Andrew Haxell; Blancrocher XXI by Michel Amoric; Tombeau for Stephen Barber by David van Ooijen; La Rivercada by Joaquim Bogunyà Chesa; Songs in Divers Humours, for medium voice and lute (tablature), by David Protheroe.
Play along with professional musicians Our lute backing tracks page has a number of songs and duets, where you provide the missing lute part, to accompany renowned musicians such as Emma Kirkby and Dowland Works performing Golden Age songs, and duets with Lynda Sayce. Download the sheet music on the same page.
Looking for a lute player, accompanist, duet partner, or beginner's 'buddy'? We can help you find a lute player in your area, or for your special event (wedding, banquet, advert etc). We are also starting up a lute buddying scheme to put new players in touch with lute buddies in their area.
For previous news items, see Old news
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