The Society consists of concert performers, players and students of the guitar from every continent in the world.The website www.tenstringguitar.comis a resource for multi-string guitar enthusiasts for instruments, music, recordings, history and new developments of the instrument globally. There is no charge to join. E-Mail Newsletters update our members spotlighting players and events.
Mission Statement- To further the meaning of the ten-string guitar in global community
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About The Ten-String Guitar
The construction of guitars with more than six strings is not a new idea. From the lutes of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, to the Romantic guitars of the European 19th century, until the present, virtuosi and composers for these instruments have all been an important part of the evolution of the multi-stringed guitar. Implementation of the modern ten-string is credited to the internationally acclaimed Spanish classical guitarist, Maestro Narciso Yepes. (1927-1997). Maestro Yepes collaborated with the Spanish luthier, Jose Ramirez, for the construction of the first contemporary classical guitar adding four extra bass strings. It was premiered in 1964 with the Berlin Philharmonic with Narciso Yepes performing the Concerto de Aranjuez. Today, there are many luthiers who construct multi-string guitars worldwide. Narciso Yepes' technical innovations and development of repertoire for this instrument has propelled this instrument into the 21st Century.
Why ten strings?
1. Adding four extra bass strings provides sympathetic resonance for each note completing the overtone series and therefore makes the guitar a more physically complete instrument.
2. Lute music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras composed on 14 strings or more can be transcribed and played as originally intended by the composer i.e. the lute music of J.S. Bach.
3. The ten string provides greater sustain for more sound projection and control similar to the sustain and damping techniques that pianist use for interpretation.
4. The expanded tonalities of four extra bass strings provides the player and composer with inventive musical and technical possibilities.
5. All six string guitar repertoire can be played within a ten string guitar as well as giving the player a wider scope of mechanical choices.
6. The ten string guitar provides the player with greater possibilities for improvisation.
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