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Damiani: Method for Renaissance Lute

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This manual is a guide to the study of the Renaissance lute, taking the student on a step-by-step journey through technical matters and exercises of increasing difficulty. It is aimed at both the beginner and those who would like to improve their own technique.
Special attention has been given to those who have specialized in guitar, so where necessary some important differences between the techniques of the two instruments have been underlined.

All the material has been set out following a rational approach to the various challenges. To this end I thought it useful to write many of the exercises myself, especially those at the beginning of the course. I hope to guide the student from the technical basics to a level sufficient for playing music of intermediate difficulty. Of course, any material regarding technique will help the student progress to higher levels.

The main areas covered are: hand positions, according to Renaissance practice; study of appropriate sonority; development of contrapuntal sensitivity; idiomatic techniques; introduction to the different Renaissance musical forms; recognition of different interrelational forms.

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Stephen B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

A good place to start

Being new to lute and a guitarist I found the initial chapters of the treatise most helpful. Demani has produced a detailed and specific account of the first steps in playing. He includes a very helpful section specifically for guitarists. Looking at the rest of the volume there are copious amounts of exercises to cover all aspects of the instrument. Both French and Italian tablature is covered, but the majority of examples and exercises are in French tab, convenient for guitarists who use a similar format tab. I was disappointed not to find a bibliographie in the rear of the book, but noted that there are many references to sources and manuscripts in the text.

Magnus W.
Norway Norway

Wonderful book to accompany the learning lutenist

This is a wonderful book for both the beginning lutenist and the more advance. Damiani is are explaining everything from basic techniques to polyphony and diggs deep into the aesthetics of Renaissance lute music in a way that is both easy to understand and very insightful.

Masashi K.
Japan Japan


It took a while to arrive,but I am satisfied.

Martin C.
New Zealand New Zealand

Method for Renaissance Lute A book for the individual learner.

This is a book that fills the gaps that the other method books assume you know. I would recommend this method to those who are learning the lute without the help of a tutor.