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Savannah Music Festival: Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola

Airs Thursday, December 3, at 8 p.m. Beginning in the Renaissance period, the European guitar generally had four courses, each strung with two gut strings, and the pair of strings within each course tuned in unison. By the early 18th century, six double-strung courses had become common, and the changing number of courses in these early guitars reflected the ongoing desire on behalf of players to increase the range of the instrument. One of the most extraordinary seven-string guitarists of our time, Charlie Hunter, has further expanded the instrument by combining the three lower strings from a bass 
guitar with the middle four of a standard guitar to create something entirely new. In this episode, we listen to Hunter and his longtime playing partner, drummer Scott Amendola, in a duo performance at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival.