About Don Rowe


On the "Rings Trail" in the Mojave Desert

I studied guitar, lute, and viola at San Jose State University and California State University at Northridge in addition to private guitar studies with Celedonio and Angel Romero, Phil Rosheger, and others. My interest in bowed and plucked strings expanded to include early music (primarily Renaissance and baroque) and eventually encompassed viols, rebec, cittern, chittarone, recorder and other period instruments. While at San Jose State, I got interested in Indonesian music and played and studied various types of gamelan at San Jose State, San Diego State and in Indonesia. Other musical interests include theory, aesthetics, and the math and physics of music. I still play an instrument I built while learning guitar construction.

Published Articles

"The Art of Renaissance Lute Technique", Lute Society of America Newsletter, January 1979

"Observations on Besard's 'Necessarie Observations'", Guitar and Lute Magazine, October 1980

"Baroque Guitar for the Modern Performer", Guitar Review, Fall 1981, co-authored by Richard Jensen

MP3 Files: Don Rowe and Friends

These were recorded live at various performances using whatever recording equipment I had access to at the time, and as a result, the quality is not the best. To reduce download time, the mp3 files use a relatively slow 96K bit rate, which also affects quality.

Renaissance Lute
La Roque by Anon. (1:12, 866K)

Baroque Guitar (played on a modified classical guitar as described in my article, "Baroque Guitar for the Modern Performer")
"Bouree" from Suite in d by Robert de Visee (0:45, 547K)
"Sarabande" from Suite in d by Robert de Visee (1:16, 913K)
Canarios by Gaspar Sanz (0:58, 705K)
Folias by Gaspar Sanz (1:37, 1166K)

Classical Guitar
Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega (4:50, 3947K)

Flamenco Guitar
Farruca - arranged from various sources by Fred Thrane (4:16 3088K)

Ragtime Guitar
Coney Island Cakewalk by Anon. (1:40, 1182K)

My First Composition - performed with Jeff Campbell (guitar)
Rondowe inspired by Spike Jones and P.D.Q. Bach (2:22, 1968K)

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