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Luis Motta da Silva
  • Male
  • Lisboa
  • Portugal
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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
I make my own guitars (Portuguese guitars, classic, steel-string and others); this gives me the privilege of playing custom-made instruments...
What type of music do you like to play?
I use classic guitars mostly to play tangos, boleros, popular waltzes and some classics; I play blues and folk songs in the steel-string; In the portuguese guitar, I play Portuguese folk tunes, some fados and Beatle songs; and I make my own music for those instruments.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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Luis Motta da Silva's Friends

  • paul stokes
  • Tim Benware
  • Reggie Witty
  • Rick Carlton
  • Eike Jung
  • Mau Lao
  • Johan Dahlberg
  • jon rubin
  • Manuel Magro da Silva Ribeiro
  • Rob Darby
  • Steve Frank
  • Vincent Vittoria
  • Sharon Peterson
  • Jez Broun
  • Calliope

Luis Motta da Silva's Groups

 

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Peace and quiet...

My workshop: a wooden cabin in the backyard. Here I am in a sunny spring afternoon, leveling the frets of my new guitar. Took me several months to get to this point. I still have some fretting job to do before sanding and varnishing.

For the time being it's all peace and quiet. But the day will come when I take this lady to a stage and make it sing for an audience...

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Luis Motta da Silva commented on eyekrameye's video
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Cittern and I

"Most interesting!  Guess it's an open major chord tuning?"
Sep 1
Luis Motta da Silva posted photos
Sep 1
Kevin McCornack aka Dr. Moreau replied to Luis Motta da Silva's discussion What's inside a Portuguese guitar? in the group Guitar Makers
"That's gorgeous!  I love how every little detail is so carefully thought out.  The mystique of lutherie meets carpenters' common sense.  Splendid!"
Aug 31
Luis Motta da Silva added a discussion to the group Guitar Makers
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What's inside a Portuguese guitar?

Portuguese guitars evolved from old zithers and 18th century "English guitars". That explains their shape and, in part, the way they are stringed (but not the way they are tuned).Some of you, fellow guitar makers, will possibly be curious about their strutting. For those who aren't familiar with the instrument, I start with a front view of a specimen I made in 2007:…See More
Aug 30

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At 3:58pm on October 15, 2013, Vincent Vittoria said…

Beautiful Music Luis. As fate would have it I just returned from Lisboa last week. I really enjoyed the live music in Alfama and Barrio Alto and the high quality musicianship. Your video posts are great.

Muito Obrigado!

At 10:43am on May 6, 2013, Michael S. Jackson said…
I'm honored, Luis. Take care - m
At 8:42am on December 31, 2012, Mike Nepper said…

Luis, thank you. Not to worry about the guitars over the fireplace. They are in no danger, since they only decorations - not very good guitars, and also, we almost never make a fire!

 
 
 

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