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date: 22 January 2020

Vargas y Guzmán, Juan Antonio de locked

  • Craig H. Russell


(flc1770). Spanish theorist and guitarist . He is known primarily for his guitar treatise, one of the earliest for the six-course instrument, which circulated in manuscript under various titles; copies in the Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico City, and the Newberry Library, Chicago, bear the title E[x]plicación para tocar la guitarra de punteado por mussica, o cifra y reglas utiles para acompañar con ella la parte de el baxo. Vargas drew on Santiago de Murcia’s Resumen de acompañar la parte con la guitarra (Madrid, 1717) and Joseph de Torres y Martińez Bravo’s Reglas generales de acompañar (Madrid, 1702, 2/1736) for the sections on music theory and accompaniment. The treatise deals extensively with most aspects of guitar playing: stringing and tuning the instrument, scordatura tunings, metres, scales, clefs, accidentals, ornaments, left- and right-hand technique, arpeggios, staff notation and tablature. Music examples are numerous and include Spanish, French, Italian and English dances, as well as ...

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