PLUCKED INSTRUMENTS

In the first year of the plucked instrument making section the goal is to build a small classical guitar based on a model of Antonio de Torres. The basic guitar making techniques are taught during this preparatory year, which entails a broad initiation in the tools and how to work with the different types of wood.

In the second year, the students build a classical guitar, based on a José L. Romanillos model, using a method based on the Spanish guitar-making tradition. Various techniques are taught on fine woodworking, preparation of the different parts, assembling, varnishing and adjusting the guitar. During this year, the students hone their hand working skills and delve deeper into the manufacture of the classic guitar.

In the third year, students can opt now for a specialisation within the family of historical plucked instruments. The progress of each student plays a role in this choice and determines which instrument they can choose to build. They are given a relatively personalised supervision and are expected to work on their own to a certain extent. Depending on their respective interests and capacities, they can choose to make one of the following instruments: a Renaissance lute, based on a lute by Wendelio Venere from 1582; a Baroque guitar, with flat or curved back and ribs, 17th century; a Romantic guitar (beginning of the 19th century); an early steel string guitar, based on a model from ca. 1860 or another classical guitar.

Students are expected to master highly exacting techniques, and are evaluated at the end of the year by a committee composed of both the teachers of the course and other external experts.