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.

Youtube channel: Luteplayer80 has a tutorial channel with a series of lute tutorials; go to: www.youtube.com and search for Luteplayer80

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

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/

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

'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

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 French language tutor in two volumes, with 300 pieces fully fingered throughout, from beginner's to advanced levels, from www.edrmartin.com/fr/recherche/musique-instrumentale/luth/

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) very extensive at 356 pages: www.libreriamusicale.com/index.php?cPath=925&sort=4a&page=5

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

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

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

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