Margaret is holding a bass viola da gamba, notice the six strings and frets. Also notice that this instrument is played with an"underhand" bow hold that is different from the bow hold on a violin. "Da Gamba" is Italian for leg. The viola da gamba (or viol) comes in two smaller sizes, the tenor and the treble, these are also rested on the calves of the legs. The viol is related to the lute/guitar families, and is tuned in fourths like a guitar, except for one pair of strings which are a third apart. From the lowest string up they are D - G - C - E - A - D - the instrument has a four octave range.
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JENELLE ALLEN: A former clarinetist, Jenelle has
enjoyed playing the recorder
since childhood. She has been
active in local early music ensembles for a number of years, and
as a soloist in churches throughout the Miami Valley. She also enjoys
playing the crumhorn
and viola da gamba. Jeni has a Master of Library and Information
Science and is the Teen Services Librarian at Dayton Metro Library.
In this picture Jeni is playing the great bass recorder which uses the same fingering as soprano and tenor recorders (with C as the lowest note) - the sopranino, alto and bass recorders all have F as the lowest note.
For more information of recorders go to http://www.americanrecorder.org/
LAWRENCE (SKIP) PITZER Recorder, lute, guitar, crumhorn, viola da gamba. Skip received a B.F.A from Miami University (Ohio). He started the Guitar Department at Wright State University and currently is teaching guitar and lute at Cedarville University, Cedarville Oh. and Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio. At Wittenberg Skip has been the instrumental director of the early music ensemble "Kalliope." Skip has studied and played the lute since 1975, and performs extensively throughout Ohio as a solo classical guitarist.
Skip is seen here playing the lute - the lute is a plucked fretted instrument, the strings are in pairs (like a mandolin) with an extra single string - thirteen strings in all.
Interested in guitar or lute lessons - email Margaret at email@example.com, and she will forward your email to Skip.
For more information on the lute go to http://www.music.iastate.edu/antiqua/lute.htm
AMY VAUBEL voice, harpsichord, recorder, crumhorn, percussion: Amy holds a Bachelor of Music degree with concentrations in voice and choral conducting and a Masters in Music Education from Wright State University. Amy has directed choirs at WSU and at United Theological Seminary in Dayton. She is currently the Director of Music at Kirkmont Presbyterian Church in Beavercreek and is also the Manager of the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus. Amy teaches voice privately in her home studio in Beavercreek.
For more information on crumhorns go to http://www.recorderhomepage.net/crumhorn.html
Amy, holding a bass crumhorn
Amy playing Margaret's Italian Virginals - a sixteenth century version of the harpsichord. The strings run parallel to the keyboard rather than horizontally, as is the case with a harpsichord. The row of white ojects are called jacks - a small plastic plectra projects from each jack and plucks the string when a key is depressed.
Michael Mattimore, recorders, crumhorns, kortholt, shawm
Michael received a B.M.in Theory & Composition from Wittenberg University and a Masters in Music Education from Wright State University. He began playing the recorder while in high school, and later studied with Shelly Gruskin and LaNou Davenport of the New York Pro Musica. He taught at the Early Music Center in Yellow Springs, was a founding member of the Early Music Group (later the Greene Consort) and is retired from teaching instrumental music in the Springfield City Schools. Michael has played basoon with several different orchestras. He has taught the recorder at Antioch University, the Springfield Community Schools Program and Chantry Music Press in Springfield. He has also organised several early music workshops at Wittenberg University
For information on the Kortholt, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kortholt