The Baroque Guitar:
Printed Music from 1606-1737

by Dr. Gary R. Boye

There were two main styles of guitar music from the period between 1600 and 1750:

1. The Rasgueado Style--with mostly strummed chords

2. The Mixed Style--with a mixture of strummed chords and individually plucked notes

The former style is of mostly historical interest; the mixed style contains works more suitable for modern performers. Follow the links above for more thorough discussion of these styles and a detailed listing of guitar tablatures using them.


Vermeer's "The Guitar Player"

ost of the information on this Web site was compiled during my research in Italy under a Fulbright Scholarship in 1991-1992. The information contained here is primary research; the result of my visits to over two dozen libraries in Italy, France, and Great Britain where I studied over 100 examples of printed guitar tablatures. My doctoral dissertation, "Giovanni Battista Granata and the Development of Printed Guitar Music in Seventeenth-Century Italy" (Duke University, 1995), resulted from this research.

Dr. Gary R. Boye, Music Librarian
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina, USA

© Gary R. Boye 2002-2006

Last updated on 3 September 2005


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