the art of making lutes
My professional development as a Lutenist is greatly thanks to the teachings of Master Vincenzo Cipriani.
Vincenzo was my first guitar teacher when I was nine years old and our paths crossed again ten years later when I was studying at the Conservatory of Music of Perugia.I asked him to teach me to make a guitar for my music exam since I did not have enough money to buy one. With the guitar we made together I obtained my diploma but at that stage my interest in ancient music had taken over. I passed to the lute and, as a characteristic of simple people, Vincenzo taught me all about it, without gelosy, and shared his passion for this magical instrument with me.
With regards to the manufacture of these instruments we need to make a distinction.
The Renaissance and Baroque Lutes are reconstructed based on methods that are still in existance and are on show in museums accross the world. With regards to medieval lutes there is a different approach since there are hardly any tangible remnants of these instruments. For this reason it is necessary to rely on iconographic studies in order to reproduce these instruments however these techniques are problematic for a number of reasons (proportions, details, materials, etc.)
Inside of a lute