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The LSA Facsimile Collection is Online!!

LSA Facsimile Collection

October 16, 2018

We are VERY EXCITED to announce a new page on the LSA website which contains a combination of external links and links to our uploaded pdfs from the Lute Society of America Facsimile Collection (formerly, Microfilm Library). This represents the extent of the collection as of October 2018. The uploaded files have been scanned from films and photocopies in the LSA collection. These pdfs may be used by LSA members for educational research.  External links to other digital facsimiles of lute tablatures have been provided when available for free to the public. Permanent access to the page can be found on our Lute Tabs Sites page.

In addition to Anne's great effort in this undertaking, we wish to thank LSA Past President Michael Grant for initiating and coordinating the effort to bring the LSA collection into the digital world. Thank you to LSA Administrator Nancy Carlin for wisdom on just about all aspects of the project and to Larry and Lois Stover for their careful imaging. we would also like to acknowledge our informal team of internet searchers: Rainer aus dem Spring, Sean Smith, and Markus Lutz.

Special New Member Offer!!

October 29, 2018

Register for your first year of new membership between October 15, 2018 and January 15, 2019 and receive a FREE copy of A History of the Lute by Douglas Alton Smith!

In his fascinating book, “A History of the Lute from Antiquity to the Renaissance”, Douglas Alton Smith traces the lute’s development from the early instruments of Classical Greece to its glorious flowering in Renaissance Europe’s golden age of polyphony. His superbly illustrated and comprehensive book explores the historical and cultural reasons behind the lute’s importance as the preeminent musical instrument of the Renaissance. With its lengthy bibliography, index, 74 illustrations and 55 musical examples, the author has told the lute’s story with such a scholarly and visual depth that it will become a standard reference for this instrument for years to come.

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Member events and concerts. Contact the webmaster with your event info for posting. Also, other items of interest to members of the Lute Society of America, Notices of LSA Board elections, seminars, lutefests, publications, and other important events and LSA business.

Member access to digital versions of the LSA Quarterly newsletter, LSA Journal, and other society publications. Now including some lute-related dissertations. Please consider adding yours!

Member access to the LSA Lute Rental application forms and information on rental lute availability. Click here to donate a lute!

   Member Directory  

A search tool for  a listing of LSA members. Available to current LSA members only.

 Historical LSA Files

Information on past LSA Lute Fests, workshops, and other events. Covering the LSA over the 50 years of its existence.

        Our Donors       

A listing of donors to the Lute Society of America. Thank you donors!

Lute Pedagogy and Lute Resources...

      For Beginners     

Information to help beginner and intermediate lutenists to learn historical techniques to play lute, theorbo, and other members of the lute family.

        Lute Links         

A resource for online lute music and other lute-related publications and websites.

        Downloads       

Downloads of blank lute tablature paper, instructional materials, fret placement spreadsheet, retro-publications.

Member Events, Music Sources, and Other Items of Interest...

     Member CDs   

We are happy to link our member's recordings to the LSA website for sale! To include your CD it must be available through an ONLINE vendor only, such as your recording label, CD Baby, iTunes, etc.  Please note that due to demand it may take some time for your information to be posted. Thanks!

Other Lute Societies

Links to other organizations with a focus on the lute and other early plucked string instruments.

      Lutes For Sale     

Link to Wayne Cripp's Lutes for Sale pages. and other lutes for sale pages. Listings of generally higher quality used lutes available for purchase. As always, buyer beware.

      Hire a Lutenist     

Looking for a lutenist to perform at your wedding or play continuo with your ensemble? Or need to find a lute builder in your area? Find a professional LSA lutenist in your area using this simple search tool.

            IMSLP            

International Music Score Library Project, an online resource for vocal and instrumental music, including lute music and other ensemble music.

       Lute Tab Sites    

Lute tablature links including Sarge Gerbode's massive lute tablature site and links to digital facsimiles available online.

Lute Building and Maintenance...

  Lute Videos 

Videos and other media to help with basic care for your lute, peg maintenance, fret tying, etc. 

      Luthier Info        

Historical, practical, and photographic information by and for professional luthiers.

           Articles           

Articles concerning lute building from the Journal of the Lute Society of America.

 The Lute For Guitarists...

Lute for Guitarists

Plucked-stringed instruments have a long and rich history. Here you will find helpful information supporting the performance of early plucked-string repertoire on the modern guitar.

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