Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kapsberger - Canario

Imagine playing one of those! The chitaronne or theorbo had up to fourteen courses of strings: just tuning those must have been quite a job!
At any rate, Kapsberger composed for the chitaronne and the lute. But it so happens that this delightful piece lends itself to being played on our less cumbersome but just as enchanting instrument of choice.
So, here are (for low G tuning) the TablEdit and the PDF files.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mudarra - Fantasia del quinto tono

Another of Mudarra's tablatures for the four-course Renaissance guitar. I'm just reproducing the original tabs in mirror image, but the music notation provided here corresponds to low G tuning on the uke. Experts debate as to whether the fourth course strings were tuned in unison low G or high G or a mix of the two: I'm no expert at all, so perhaps you can enlighten me... meanwhile, it's all up to your choice!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Anonymous- English dance

Seriously, where would we be without our friend Anonymous or indeed what would we be?

PDF tabs for Low G tuning.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Calvi - Canario

This little tune was published by Carlo Calvi in his Intavolatura di chitarra e chitarriglia (1646). The original tabs were intended for the baroque guitar, a five-course instrument. I think it loses none of its charm when played on a low G ukulele: PDF file.