This page is devoted to my videos and sound files and scores for the baroque lute. I currently play an 11c lute by Scottish luthier, Bill Samson. It was made in 1984, and is entirely strung in gut strings made by Damian Dlugolecki.
French Baroque Lute
The French invented the baroque lute after a period of experimentation with different tunings. They settled on eleven course tuned to a D minor chord for the stopped strings, with various tunings for the bass strings, depending on the key of the piece.
Scottish Baroque Lute
The Balcarres manuscript (circa 1700) from the Fife region of Scotland is for the 11c lute, in four tunings, variants of Dm. The mid-17th-century Panmure 5 (north of Dundee) manuscript contains some Scottish pieces in “Harp Sharp” tuning for a 10c lute.