Bitten by a cittern
I was supposed to be working on a blog today about the secret history of Easter eggs. However a “kind” friend has lent me a cittern to play with over the long weekend. A cittern is a small, metal-wire strung, plucked instrument from the Renaissance with about the same range as a concert ukulele. It has four pairs of metal strings that are brutally hard on the fingers, but a wonderfully bright, sparkly sound.
So I have happily spent the afternoon deciphering crabbed 16th C notation and turning it into legible tablature. Then attempting to get my hands around the music. Great fun bringing the Renaissance back to life.