"Curs'd be the wretch, from whence soe'er he come; Accurs'd his eyes, but more accurs'd his bum"! Here's a very amusing poem written by a Scotsman, included in a 1760 collection of poems by "Rev. Mr Blacklock, and other Scotch Gentlemen". The author of the poem is unidentified, though is most likely Blacklock. But, lo,… Continue reading 13. Lament for a broken viol!
Being a seasoned lute player, I have no problem reading tablature, and it was of great interest to learn that there is a fairly substantial body of viol music written in what is known as French tablature, pretty much exactly like most of the lute music I have played. But for those viol players who… Continue reading 12. Review: Alphabet Soup by Carol Herman
[The above image has been taken from the publisher's website] Having a daily routine of exercises can be beneficial only if they cover the mechanics of instrument playing in a stimulating and well-ordered way. This book has become part of my early-morning "wake up and warm up" routine, along with the Complete And Progressive Method… Continue reading 2. Review: The New Bass Viol Technique