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Portuguese Guitars are the result of a long evolution. One of the main influences was the 18th century"English Gittar". "Greensleeves" can be played in classic or steel string guitars, but I think it sounds brighter in a Portuguese Guitar ...

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Comment by Albert E. C. Hemmings on April 10, 2012 at 1:44am


Still persevering with tune, when, I manage to sit down and do the practice.


Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on November 6, 2010 at 3:25pm
And yes, I believe the 3rd man theme, by Anton Karas will sound great in the Portuguese guitar. Also, if you know the tune, the main theme from Martin Scorcese's movie "the last waltz", starring The Band, is an excellent raw material to be worked with a Portuguese guitar...
Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on November 6, 2010 at 3:14pm
Hi, Peter!
Well, it takes hard nails, indeed! We even have a proverb, here, about that: "Quem tem unhas, toca guitarra", litterally, "He who has nails, plays the guitar", meaning you must have the necessary equipment to make things happen... Most Portuguese guitar players wear artificial nails, made of turtle shell or hard plastic. I used to play with my bare nails but, about 12 years ago, there was a time when I played also bass guitar, and bass guitar strings are too abrasive. So, I started painting my nail tips with 3 or 4 layers of... superglue (!) so they didn't wear out. I then discovered that, due to those layers of superglue, nails became thicker, thus producing a mellower tone, and also allowing to play louder. Since then, I always have my right hand index finger and sometimes also the thumb nai ltips, painted with 3 or 4 layers of superglue. That is allright, the nails are healthy, no undesirable effects. So, that's my secret...
Comment by Peter Schaefer on November 5, 2010 at 11:11pm
Luis, you must have very strong nails that you are able to play without "unhas". This tune sounds really nice on your portuguese guitar. I would like to try the "3rd man theme", but first have to finish mine.
Comment by Andrew Schofield on January 21, 2010 at 12:29pm
Portugese magic !
Comment by Peafreen on January 2, 2010 at 9:54pm
Very nice. Great to watch the fingering style and also to hear a Portuguese guitar as I've never heard one before. Tx. Pat
Comment by John Smallwood on December 10, 2009 at 10:05pm
Wonderful!! A level to work toward!
Comment by Jim Scanlan on December 10, 2009 at 6:00pm
Luis...I agree with you..."Greensleeves" on the Portuguese Guitar is the perfect match. The sound is very similar to a Hammer Dulcimer. I was also fascinated by your right hand technique..I have tried a thumb/index approach to my playing without much success...I wind up using thumb/index/middle/'s hard for an old "guitardog" to learn new tricks.
Comment by Jim Caudill on December 10, 2009 at 3:52pm
Great stuff! Love the Portuguese guitar!

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