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Peter Yates, guitar professor, will demonstrate research into bowed guitar

January 29th, 2009 · 83 Comments

Peter Yates, Professor of guitar in the Department of Music, will show some of the results of his recent investigations into the arpeggione (19th-century bowed guitar) in a concert at 4pm on Sunday Feb. 1st in the organ studio. He has had to build his own instrument (cruelly sacrificing a beautiful baby cello and a serviceable guitar) to do this. The result has been an instrument capable of playing items from the viola-da-gamba repertoire (featured will be a Bach sonata and a solo piece from the Dutch Baroque), as well as bowed versions of works for guitar (in this case, two pieces by 20th-century-Mexican composer Carlos Chavez).


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83 responses so far ↓

  • violinQueen // Apr 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Just looked this up on Youtube. Naturally, as a violinist, I was very interested.

    Pretty cool, but you guitarists need to leave the “bows” to us!

  • Online Guitar Lessons // Apr 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Very cool looked up Youtube video and the sound is amazing. I wonder if there is any instructors that teach this or any online guitar lessons.

  • becker13 // May 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Hey I have always been interested in this type of bowed guitar and the guidance was great. Thanks for helping me get started

  • Buy Rap Beats // Jun 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Seems like this guy is on some old school Jimi Hendricks with using the bow with the guitar 😉

    Never thought that it was a real concept I just thought it was some crazy guitarists on lsd that took part with this kind of stuff

  • Buy Rap Beats // Jun 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Cool concept working on some Jimi Hendricks concepts

  • Dan17 // Jul 1, 2013 at 4:22 am

    pretty sweet, Jimmy page did it, Paul Gilbert too but Just on electric guitar, This guitar here seems very special, with a more “bigger” bridge, never saw these kind of classic guitar. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • DrCohen // Jul 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I love playing instruments and one of them is a violin. The one pictured is gorgeous. The finish looks amazing and the bowed bow is something id like to experiment with. I wonder what kind of sound it emits. Sensational!

  • Online Gitaarlessen // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Very original idea, i’m curious to know how it sounds.

  • jayc // Jul 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I’d love to hear what this instrument sounds like looks totally amazing. Unreal craftsmanship thanks for the article.

  • moorejustin719 // Aug 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I would love to hear this instrument in action

  • Jeff of SF Guitar Lessons // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    This is fascinating?I’d love to get my hands on one of those! Is it technically still a guitar if bowed? I thought one of the core definitions of a guitar is that it’s plucked or strummed with fingers or a plectrum?

  • Guitar Tuner // Sep 5, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Bowed guitar, i love it! Hope to hear it live in near future. Must sound awesome. How do you tune it, by ear?

  • yaking // Sep 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks for taking time on writing this wonderful blog.

  • Look // Sep 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Good job.

  • johndell // Oct 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    This is so cool. Can it be play like a guitar without bow? The tuning is according to standard guitar tuning?

  • absolutesound // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! Would LOVE to hear one in person.

  • Paulr // Dec 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    A quality musician seems to be able to pick up the basics of many instruments very quickly. Impressive to see the combination of a cello and guitar.

  • diarymp3 // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:18 am

    I am very happy to hear your music, your musical arrangements are so easy to remember, but I suggest you to listen to some good music to improve and increase the quality of your music here

  • atunwillis // Jan 20, 2014 at 1:50 am

    very nice music…i watch it on youtube

  • Rezvikez // Jan 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

    wow that was amazing

  • spela gitarr // Apr 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    That was really awesome. How do I learn to play guitar this way?

  • rap instrumentals // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    incredible musical arrangements, I’ve never seen or heard anything like that in my life…wow

  • christopherius // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The craftsmanship on that guitar is beautiful. Where can I get one?

  • cupidon192 // Sep 9, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I see a lot of compliment for this article. How can I enjoy it, I’m so interesting.

  • Ana // Sep 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Very nise post , incredible instrument too, it’s very old one, and awsome too, i wish if i can paly with one dy, great post, thanks for sharing!

  • Stringjoy // Oct 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    This is really remarkable stuff. I have to admit, I’m very curious about what kind of strings he uses to make this work, without shredding a bow the way Jimmy Page often would. I run a guitar string company myself, and I still wouldn’t know what to do about this. Perhaps just use flatwound strings?

  • cheap guitar // Oct 28, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Awesome how they play guitar, I really love this.

  • Burt Ropiha // Dec 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Looks like a strikingly beautiful sounding instrument Peter. Be interested to know what the pitch range is on this instrument. Also I wonder how hard is it to play with another five neighbouring strings.
    How many frets does it have?

  • enriqueiglesias // Dec 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

    wow, this seems like it would be a great seminar to attend i really learn a lot from enrique iglesias blog songs music

  • david1207 // Apr 12, 2016 at 4:55 am

    What I wonderful post. 😀
    He is the best guitar professor and I would love to learn guitar from him.

  • chos_kazan // Feb 2, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Very Interesting article will show to my friends.

  • donna999 // Aug 13, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    cool man!

  • Airhis // Feb 27, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    This piece is badass, personally, I’d say Peter Yates guitar demonstration research into bowed guitar establishes him the credit of ?one of the greatest living guitarist” of present times.