perfectly teaching the true fingering of the Lute....." (1603), pages Bi(?)-Bii.
(I think this has been reprinted by CNRS wbc)
All the aforesaid had, both in memorie and practise; (the houlding of your Lute, carrying of your hand, and sitting upright with your bodie, I mean) then (in the name of God) houlding the Lute (as is aforesaid) comelie with your thumb against your forefinger (as it were ready to stop, yet but onelie holding your Lute then with the thumb of your right hand (houlding the rest of the fingers straight forth before your thumb (neither to neere the strings nor to farre off, begin to strike the first string downward with the thumb onelie, and also striking with your thumb behind your fingers say: *Base, Tenor, Contra-tenor, Great Meanes, Small Meanes Treble*. This done: then begin at the *trebles* and so goe upward viz. backward, striking them string by string with your forefinger before your thumb, that is, houlding downe your thumb behind your fingers, and name them in order saying, *Treble, Small Meanes, Great Meanes, Contra-tenor, Tenor, Base*, this doing oft, downward and upward, nameing them, and also striking them with the thumb behind the fingers, that you have it most perfect and readie both in mind & fingers..."
(typist: Howard Posner)
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