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Portuguese Guitars

In this album I intend to post pictures of Portuguese guitars. After all, being Portuguese and having chosen to dedicate my preference as musician to this instrument, I feel it's my obligation to show it to other guitarists.

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Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on May 14, 2013 at 2:45pm


No, not at all, they DON'T sound similar to ordinary guitars, they sound like P-guitars. Et vive la difèrence!!!P-guitars have  tone, tuning and right hand techniques of their own. When compared with ordinary 6-string or 12-string guitars, they lack the deep bass notes (lower note is D as the 4th string in an ordinary guitar) so, they are less self-sufficient than an ordinary guitar; and, due to their particular tuning, not all the keys are easy to play in; but, on the other hand, they are more brilliant and more expressive. Besides that, they are incredibly "fast" and have tremendous volume. They are not a good accompaniment instrument, but they are indeed great lead guitars... Have a look on the videos I posted in my page...

Comment by murray kuun on May 14, 2013 at 1:38am

Very nice Luis! Do these sound similar to ordinary guitars?

Comment by Wolfgang Becker on April 9, 2011 at 3:30pm
thank you for inviting me to visit your site - great music & great pictures!
Especially these Portuguese Guitars (looking a lot like the "Thüringer Waldzither") >>> I like the rich tone, could listen endlessly to them, really. Always had some trouble playing mandolins (narrow fretboard!) - maybe trying one of these...? Coupled with a slide guitar - can almost hear it :).
Again, great stuff here.
Comment by Robin June Nakkula on August 4, 2010 at 8:12pm
I have some questions about the styles of Portuguese guitarras, specifically. about putting a capo on the second fret of a Coimbra-style guitarra, and then playing Lisbon-style.

1) Will this work? Does it sound like you really changed styles or instruments?

2) Will the listeners disapprove, or will they not mind this?

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