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Transcribing Early Music for Classical Guitar

Transcribing music has been of great interest for plucked instrument players for long time and nowadays this curiosity is growing even more as we listen to all kinds of composers being played on the classical guitar (that will be referred to as "modern guitar" during this video). This video is a follow-up of a previously launched video about the music notation utilized for plucked instruments during the Renaissance and Baroque periods - the tablature.

Here I lay out a few guidelines to introduce the transcription of early music, using specifically the music by Robert de Visée as an example, starting with a contextualization of the literary source and the original instrument utilized back in the Baroque period, furthermore I give insight on the varied forms of transcribing the same work according to different approaches (in which I refer to Karl Scheit and Frederick Noad) and I explain the divergent outcomes possible, as well.

At the end of the video I address the "historical pitch", hypothetically existent, in a suggestive way to broaden your creativity when it comes to resemble to original instrument, in case you decide to transcribe and perform this kind of music.

👉 Link to Guitar Music Sources where you can download the literature presented in this video:

Video's chapters

  • The Source and The Original Instrument

  • The Process of Transcribing Early Music

  • "Historical Pitch"

Another interesting video about original sources:



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