The Lute Online Resources Portal (LORP): Teaching Materials

TEACHING MATERIALS: ONLINE COURSES, TUTOR BOOKS, ANTHOLOGIES OF EASY PIECES

The ideal in learning the lute is to have reasonably regular lessons with a teacher. But the following should be useful either as a supplement to lessons or as an alternative where regular lessons are unfeasible.

ONLINE COURSES AND TEACHING MATERIALS

Many beginners want to hear how easier tablature pieces sound when played, besides the materials listed below, it is often worth just going to Youtube.com and similar sites and typing in the name of the piece you want to hear, to find a recording.

An 11 part series created by luteplayer80 providing an introduction to playing the lute and discussing differences between the lute and guitar, Renaissance and Baroque, and different tablatures.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7MM_FKVULE

Youtube channel: David van Ooijen has a channel with numerous performances, including the complete contents of Lute Society’s ’70 Easy to Intermediate Pieces for Renaissance Lute’ (available at www.lutesociety.org/pages/catalogue#b) go to: www.youtube.com/user/LuteLessons

Youtube channel: Luteduo have made lessons on baroque lute. The first one is www.youtube.com/watch?v=C03fsBh5IUg

Stefan Lundgren has made ‘six short lessons for lute’ on his Luteonline webpage, www.luteonline.se/home_1.htm

Alex McCartney has created an online lute tutor, a subscription service, with videos of performances and live support by email alexmccartney.co.uk/online-lute-tutor/

Liz Pallett's online lute tutorial, with recorded examples, play-along accompaniments, historical advice etc: luteweb.com/lute-tutorial/

Jacob Heringman has recorded the entire contents of the Lute Society’s ’58 Very Easy Pieces for Renaissance Lute’ (available at www.lutesociety.org/pages/catalogue#b) free to hear at magnatune.com/artists/albums/heringman-blamenot/ He has also recorded videos at at: earlymusicshop.com/blogs/lockdown-lute The films can be found individually 1. vimeo.com/504762370, 2. vimeo.com/507944411, 3. vimeo.com/509880345, 4. vimeo.com/513409366, 5. vimeo.com/515324076, 6. vimeo.com/519014191

Rupert Waddington has recorded a number of easier pieces from our student books on Youtube; subscribe at www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rupert+waddington

There are currently no lute grade exams, but to ‘shadow’ guitar grades syllabus worklists, Martin Eastwell has suggested grades for pieces in the Lute Society’s student books, and the works of Francesco da Milano and John Dowland, at: www.lutesociety.org/pages/towards-lute-grades

There are some useful teaching materials and tablature with sound files at Igor Varfolomeev’s lute and guitar site, www.lute.ru/home_eng.htm

Lute Continuo basics, on Arto Wikla’s pages: www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/wikla/mus/continuo.txt

David van Ooijen, continuo on baroque lute: davidvanooijen.wordpress.com/continuo-playing-on-baroque-lute-introduction/

'How to play the vihuela according to Juan Bermudo', free download of John Griffiths' 2003 book:
www.vihuelagriffiths.com/JohnGriffiths/Vihuela_playing_according_to_Bermudo.html

Gus Denhard's thesis on realising cavalier song: www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~lsa/associated/Denhard/index.html

Ralph Meier, on dedillo technique: www.ralphmaier.com/index_files/Page318.htm

Sting on how to play the lute, BBC film clip: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7714354.stm

See also frequently asked questions which has links to pages on aspects of technique.

Lynda Sayce's lute lessons for beginners, archived from back issues of Lute News, often with links to online recordings of the same pieces, can be found at the Lute Society website: www.lutesociety.org/pages/beginners

Gerard Rebours, syltistic Youtube tutor on playing Robert de Visee prelude in 4 versions: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv1WaCeSJTA

Gilbert Isbin, The Improvising Lutenist, free download at www.lutesociety.org/pages/the-improvising-lutenist

Peter Croton A Method for the Renaissance Lute, with a Supplement for the Archlute, from Le Luth Doré, with support materials on the author's youtube channel: www.youtube.com/pcroton (playlist renaissance lute method). The specific link for the tutorial is: youtu.be/hxFnpRZQw7Y www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfgK-h3P3pC6XtrXUYiSz0nFtfYmty-zY

Several playlists from Martin Shepherd’s channel thoroughly discussing lute performance tips and lute building information.
www.youtube.com/c/luteshop/playlists

Beginning Lute Tutorials by Barbara Lyle; An 11 part series that provides an introduction to playing the lute and reading French tablature www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO08QAmDJaU

Dr. Ruey Yen's Lute Lessons contain 13 lessons for the lute, vihuela, or ukulele. Lessons in Chinese.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObWinSUSE_M&list=PLZYMT3P7o-mlKCk-_uVH380EwPVtQlG4W

Lute 101 with Nigel North from the WFMT Radio channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=euk7wyAtcrQ

Brandon Acker’s Introducing: The Renaissance Lute www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZB3_dZCy74

Brandon Acker’s Introducing: The Baroque Lute www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW0kvbJikuU

Lute lesson 101: How to Tune a Renaissance Lute from Kenneth Kam’s channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhCf2WOoH3Y&t=1s

Rob Mackillop’s webpage devoted to learning how to improvise preludes on the baroque lute:
baroque-lute.art/2022/07/29/14-improvise-a-prelude/

TUTOR BOOKS

Renaissance lute

Diana Poulton, A Tutor for the Renaissance Lute (Schott):
www.schott-music.co.uk/shop/show,42138.html

Stefan Lundgren, Method for the Renaissance Lute (Tree Edition):
www.tree-edition.com/ under M for Method, in the downloadable catalogue

Stefan Lundgren, New Method for the Renaissance Lute (Lundgren Edition): www.luteonline.se/lundgren-edition/home_editions.htm#list

Andrea Damiani, Method for Renaissance Lute (Ut Orpheus Edizioni): www.libreriamusicale.com/index.php?cPath=925&sort=4a&page=2

Pascale Boquet, Approche de Luth renaissance (Société Française de Luth)—in French, full of easy pieces: www.sf-luth.org/index.php?Partitions/Le_Secret_des_Muses

Xavier Cauhépé, Les Secrets du Luth, huge and thorough language tutor, available in French or English in two volumes, with 300 pieces fully fingered throughout, from beginner's to advanced levels, from www.edrmartin.com/fr/recherche/musique-instrumentale/luth/ Music from the course is performed online at www.youtube.com/channel/UCEifVSXxLTvrpMBp1oGapYw/playlists

Peter Croton A Method for the Renaissance Lute, with a Supplement for the Archlute, from Le Luth Doré, www.leluthdore.com/fr/partitions with support materials on the author's youtube channel: www.youtube.com/pcroton (playlist renaissance lute method). The specific link for the tutorial is: youtu.be/hxFnpRZQw7Y

Alain Miteran, Methode Pour Apprendre a Jouer du Luth, published by Robert Martin, www.edrmartin.com/en/score-methode-pour-apprendre-a-jouer-du-luth-by-alain-miteran-for-lute-28929.html

Marco Pesci, Renaissance Lute Technique, a video handbook; with video support online www.amazon.co.uk/Renaissance-Lute-Technique-Video-Handbook-Beginners/dp/B09JR9GJ8Y

Companion books to the study of the lute: Not exactly tutors but graded selections intended to accompany study, Stephan Lundgren's Lute Calendar is a graded collection of 365 pieces, one for each day of the year www.luteonline.se/lundgren-edition/calendar.htm; Brian Wright's Lutecosmos is 5 graded books of new rather than historical material, intended to develop musical feeling and expression from the very first one-string exercises, while The Lute Society offers a collection of 8 generous anthologies of easier pieces to accompany the first years of study, www.lutesociety.org/pages/catalogue#head4

Baroque lute

Toyohiko Satoh, Method for the Baroque Lute (Tree Edition):
www.tree-edition.com/ under M for Method, in the downloadable catalogue
(The same author has contributed a serial of short papers entitled ‘Baroque lute; easy instrument’ to Nostalgia the newsletter of the Lute and Early Guitar Society of Japan.):
home.kpn.nl/ooije006/lgs/nostalgia_f.html

Stefan Lundgren, The Baroque Lute Companion (Lundgren Edition) is, as the title suggests, a (generous) graded anthology rather than a method, but has a brief introduction on technique.
www.luteonline.se/lundgren-edition/home_editions.htm#list

Miguel Yisrael, Method for the Baroque Lute (Ut Orpheus Edizioni / Luth Dore) very extensive at 356 pages: www.libreriamusicale.com/index.php?cPath=925&sort=4a&page=5 leluthdore.com/lutes/sheet-music/didactic-music/baroque-lute/method-for-the-baroque-lute-a-practical-guide-for-beginning-and-advanced-lutenists.html

Franz Julius Giesbert, Schule fuer die Barocklaute (a very old book, regarded as a historic text, but still available):
www.schottmusic.co.uk/shop/Sheet_Music/Guitar_other_plucked_Instruments/Guitar_Lute/Textbooks_Methods/show,33643,s.html

A Method for the Baroque Lute based on Historical Sources, by Peter Croton (Le Luth Dore), leluthdore.com/lutes/sheet-music/didactic-music/baroque-lute/a-method-for-the-baroque-lute-based-on-historical-sources.html

Theorbo

Francesca Torelli, A Tutor for the Theorbo, (Ut Orpheus Edizioni): www.libreriamusicale.com/index.php?cPath=925&sort=4a&page=4

Basso continuo

The standard work on the subject is Nigel North, Continuo Playing on the Lute, Archlute and Theorbo (Indiana University Press): www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=19611

'Initiation a basse continue' published by the Societe Francaise de Luth:
www.sf-luth.org/index.php?Partitions/Le_Secret_des_Muses

L’Armonia Practico all’arciliuto, Marco Pesci, Aracne Editrice www.aracneeditrice.it/aracneweb/index.php/pubblicazione.html?item=9788854893177

New book published by Marco Pesci: Continuo Player in 24 Steps: Beginners to Advanced According to Italian Lute Sources a.co/d/gzUnyli

Plus some online pages:

On Arto Wikla's website, continuo school: www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/wikla/mus/Contrib.html

Other useful essays:

In Lute News, issues 52, 53, 81, 90, www.lutesociety.org/pages/lute-news-back-issues
In Nostalgia, newsletter of the Lute and Early Guitar Society of Japan, issues 32-36 home.kpn.nl/ooije006/lgs/nostalgia_f.html
Figured bass for classical guitar, by Peter Croton, published by Amadeus: www.peter-croton.com/Figured_bass_on_guitar.html
Cadenze e passaggi diversi intavolati per Tiorba, edition of a 17th century theorbo manuscript, Ut Orpheus Edizioni: www.utorpheus.com/index.php?cPath=925&osCsid=e7on6jkpdk04d02pib121o6u14

ADVANCED INTERPRETATION

Performing Baroque Music on the Lute & Theorbo; a practical handbook based on historical sources, Peter Croton, Amazon/Createspace

ANTHOLOGIES OF EASY PIECES

A number of publishers publish albums of pieces specifically intended for beginners:

The Lute Society (graded albums of easy pieces from original sources, a book of duets, and 'Lutecosmos' a series of newly-composed pieces): www.lutesociety.org/pages/catalogue#b

Tree Edition (under E for Easy in the downloadable catalogue): www.tree-edition.com/

Societe Francaise de Luth (some actually marked ‘facile’ many volumes contain easy pieces):
www.sf-luth.org/index.php?Partitions/Le_Secret_des_Muses

Lundgren Edition (including a ‘Lute Calendar’ of 365 graded pieces)
www.luteonline.se/lundgren-edition/home_editions.htm#list

Anthologies for children:

Societe Francaise de luth (‘Les petites Muses’ series):
www.sf-luth.org/index.php?Partitions/Les_Petites_Muses

Lundgren Edition: www.luteonline.se/lundgren-edition/home_editions.htm#list

Christine Gabrielle, 'J'apprends a jouer le luth': www.christine-gabrielle.ch/CG/Partitions.html