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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



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

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Luis Motta da Silva

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 replied to Tony K.'s discussion What's the first song or 2 you learned to play on the guitar?
" Well, folks, One could almost tell how old you are by the songs you first learned..."
22 hours ago
Luis Motta da Silva replied to Tony K.'s discussion What's the first song or 2 you learned to play on the guitar?
"Hi, Somme songs attract beginner guitarists, I guess. When I was a teenager, "The House of the Rising Sun" was a favourite for that purpose; every young man with a guitar aimed to play it; and that fag lasted for years and years, until…"
Dec 11
Luis Motta da Silva commented on Teo's video

Fretkillr - King Of The Road

" Very well done! I love the change of key! And the harp comes at right time! All in all, a delicious piece of music! Thanks for sharing!"
Dec 10
Luis Motta da Silva commented on Jay Lichty's video

Art of the Luthier featured on LocallyCrafted

"Jay, This is a beautiful movie, about beautiful instruments. But the images show also beautiful people and beautiful places... Anyway, we already met at guitar makers group, and I always found your comments wise and pertinent; to a certain point, I…"
Dec 10

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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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