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Portuguese guitars (Lisbon style) are tuned b-a-e-B-A-D.
Despite the strange tuning, I prefer to play this song on the P-guitar rather than on a classic or steel-string; the melody flows with great simplicity and is enhanced by the unique tone of the instrument

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Comment by Robert Brochey on October 16, 2014 at 4:14pm

Very nicely done Luis!!!

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on March 20, 2014 at 5:06pm


Thank you for your kind comment!

I must tell you, however, that the instrument in the Yes song is a Spanish Laud, not a Portuguese guitar. There's some similarity, but they are indeed very remote cousins: The Laud comes from Moorish Lutes, but the nearest relative to Portuguese guitar is the 18th century "English" (or "Scottish") " Guittar", and both come from 16th century European Citterns. By early 19th century the popularity of  Citterns  decreased in all Europe, and also in North America, where English Guittars were known and played in colonial times. But, for a number of reasons, the instrument saw its popularity in Portugal grow constantly and evolve with the addition of more strings, more sophisticated tuners, enlarged box and new tunings, and a peculiar right hand technique.

One particular feature of Portuguese guitars is that, like in American 12-string guitars, the bass pairs of strings are tuned in octaves...

Comment by Rob Darby on March 19, 2014 at 2:45pm

You are a very talented player, and this is a very interesting instrument. Until now, my only exposure to the Portuguese guitar was one Yes song on which Steve Howe played it

I really like what you do with it!

Comment by Reggie Witty on October 23, 2013 at 4:46pm
Very Cool. You handled that with a Player's finesse. Isn't the web an incredible thing. I'm sitting in Austin Tx,half a world away,enjoying your performance. Thank you for the add. Look forward to future post. I'm working on several more, still in the mixing mode. A good evening to you sir. I bet your inst play like silk. Reggie
Comment by Daryl Gustafson on May 17, 2013 at 5:43pm

Nice.  I've never seen a "guitar" like that.  Is it a "12-string"?  It sounded really pretty.  Thanks for the look!

Comment by Jim Caudill on April 20, 2012 at 7:41pm

Really nice, Luis!

Comment by Arlie Box on February 9, 2012 at 7:50pm

Excelent playing!

I'm having enough trouble getting my fingers to work with me on a guitar,

That P-guitar sounds beautiful. I think you made a wise choice to use it for this song.


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