Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century" />
Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century" />
Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century" />

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"People complain a lot about the space that I take up".

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it's like to carry it around on the train.

Elizabeth has a new album coming out on Linn records in June 2019.

You can also hear a theorbo live, played by Paula Chateauneuf, at The Night Shift at The Old Queen's Head, Islington, London, on Monday 29 April, 2019.


  • Jim Hresco
    Jim Hresco 8 месяцев назад Shouldn't it have a blinking red light on top? You know, for aircraft
  • Robert Smith
    Robert Smith 8 месяцев назад Good one!! ;-)
  • Sabyasachi Chatterjee
    Sabyasachi Chatterjee 8 месяцев назад You made my day.
  • Ur gulp
    Ur gulp 8 месяцев назад Great ^_^
  • Dave Odd
    Dave Odd 8 месяцев назад Bloody hell mate 😂😂
  • sandaddy
    sandaddy 8 месяцев назад BRUH... 😂😂😂
  • Milton Hunter
    Milton Hunter 8 месяцев назад Funny Jim, thanks for the laugh
  • Mark Sumbday
    Mark Sumbday 8 месяцев назад Hahaha
  • Forgiven Sinner
    Forgiven Sinner 8 месяцев назад W
  • CafeNightster
    CafeNightster 8 месяцев назад Those are old school, it should have a little shiny spinny radar reflector on it.
  • Guillermo Garraton
    Guillermo Garraton 8 месяцев назад Lol!!! And I bet TSA employees must love it when it goes through the airport....
  • Rl97 Rl97
    Rl97 Rl97 8 месяцев назад Hahhaha
  • David Singleton
    David Singleton 8 месяцев назад You would definitely need to plan ahead just moving onto the stage. Make it a hard hat area
  • Amaris
    Amaris 8 месяцев назад No, but I think they put them on sub-contra bass recorders.
  • Paul Miazga
    Paul Miazga 7 месяцев назад Lol
  • Yudhi G
    Yudhi G 7 месяцев назад The reason why they don't have that warning lights... because This instrument had existed long before aircrafts. Simple
  • LagiNaLangAko23
    LagiNaLangAko23 7 месяцев назад Ahaha!
  • Sarah E Howson
    Sarah E Howson 7 месяцев назад I am the 666th liker of this comment FYI xo
  • Vikas
    Vikas 7 месяцев назад Lol
  • Lion Of Pride
    Lion Of Pride 7 месяцев назад You need an 18 wheeler to transport this thing, it's massive!
  • Benjamín Herrera
    Benjamín Herrera 7 месяцев назад 😆😆😆😅😅😂😂
  • fan8281
    fan8281 7 месяцев назад Muy bueno; tio!!
  • Stephen Youngblood
    Stephen Youngblood 7 месяцев назад 🤣😂🤣😂🤣
    DANCING IN THE AIR 2 7 месяцев назад Haaahaha
  • Abhishek Verma
    Abhishek Verma 7 месяцев назад Hahaha. You are funny Jim 😆
  • Daniel Zuñiga Gutierrez
    Daniel Zuñiga Gutierrez 3 недели назад I was ready to play mad at my wife for one week but your joke ruined it all. Thanks.
  • Crystal Price
    Crystal Price 3 недели назад Oh, don’t be daft. 😁😁❤️
  • Bonzo McDuffy
    Bonzo McDuffy 3 недели назад hahahahahahahaaaa
  • DALTON4174
    DALTON4174 3 недели назад You probably must take an insurance to walk with this instrument
  • Nicholas Blachford
    Nicholas Blachford 7 месяцев назад Someone went to great lengths to make this instrument.
  • Evan Brown
    Evan Brown 6 месяцев назад Best joke of the lot. It should have more likes, but as the broken theorbo understood, sometimes that's what you get for sticking your neck out.
  • John Coctostan
    John Coctostan 6 месяцев назад I see what you did there.
  • Hippi Phuken
    Hippi Phuken 6 месяцев назад 🥁
  • Bob Thomas
    Bob Thomas 5 месяцев назад Must be awkward when the tuning pegs are in a different time zone
  • Jonathon Appleseed
    Jonathon Appleseed 5 месяцев назад Nicholas Blachford so did some cats.
  • gentlegiant6585
    gentlegiant6585 5 месяцев назад 😅!
  • David Anewman
    David Anewman 5 месяцев назад They should make a tandem version.
  • TheSparkyWriter
    TheSparkyWriter 5 месяцев назад You. I like you.
  • Frenchie French
    Frenchie French 4 месяца назад Funny!
  • Tony DC
    Tony DC 3 месяца назад 😂🙏👏
  • Owen Lewis
    Owen Lewis 2 месяца назад Still maybe far from perfect
  • Mike Hagarty
    Mike Hagarty 2 месяца назад Can you play around the campfire, & cook your s’mores, on the pegs?
  • Jason Shults
    Jason Shults 2 месяца назад ZING!!
  • Mike Lynn
    Mike Lynn 1 месяц назад The designers really stuck their necks out...
  • A Koster
    A Koster 3 недели назад Well, I don't "fret" about playing this instrument...
  • David McCoul
    David McCoul 2 недели назад You really stuck your neck out to make that joke.
  • A Koster
    A Koster 2 недели назад Being a proficient player literally takes a "looong" time
  • Pierre C
    Pierre C 6 месяцев назад Add a blade on it and you have a legendary RPG bard weapon. You're welcome.
  • Wye J
    Wye J 3 месяца назад Theorbo ATK 4-9 Finely made by lutes for opera in the Barouque Era. In order to reach the bass lines it extends its neck to bash a wide range Special: AOE; may have more critical chance during combos
  • The Dire Puppy
    The Dire Puppy 1 день назад With all of those strings, I'd have figured it a ranged weapon. "The Singing Bow of Theorbo!" Beautiful sound BTW.
  • Steven Som
    Steven Som 7 месяцев назад Elizabeth's explanation and demonstration of this unique instrument was eloquent yet easy to understand. Well done! Thank you!
  • Earl glen Looney jr.
    Earl glen Looney jr. 2 недели назад Steven Som finally a respectable response. Thank you.
  • Colby Dipsen
    Colby Dipsen 6 месяцев назад She started tuning this thing in 1965 finished January of this year.
  • immanuel gulardi
    immanuel gulardi 5 месяцев назад 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆
  • Richard Davis
    Richard Davis 2 месяца назад You are one confused cat aren't you Anti Christ? Ignorant and arrogant too. You will stand before him one day.
  • Dude Lmao
    Dude Lmao Неделю назад @Richard Davis Er...
  • Ernst van Gelderen
    Ernst van Gelderen 6 дней назад Well it is a lot of strings and one has to fine tune the!
  • Lord Quilton
    Lord Quilton 8 месяцев назад (изменено) 393 airport workers gave this a thumbs down.
  • banci wright
    banci wright 8 месяцев назад Lord Quilton hahahahha
  • good 'un
    good 'un 8 месяцев назад Well, it certainly won't fit in the overhead bin in the passenger compartment! Imagine having to tune this thing after it's sat in the depressurized and unheated baggage hold of the plane for 10 hours!
  • bentstruments
    bentstruments 8 месяцев назад so good, im rolling on the floor!
  • BaddaBigBoom
    BaddaBigBoom 8 месяцев назад Yep. No way is this going into an overhead locker.
  • kohlemainen
    kohlemainen 8 месяцев назад Brilliant! Laughing out loudly here :D
  • Rusty Gecko
    Rusty Gecko 8 месяцев назад United. You broke my Taylor baroque
  • Galatea
    Galatea 8 месяцев назад Without a paycheck thanks to the Trump shutdown.
  • Franz Schaier
    Franz Schaier 8 месяцев назад Lord Quilton I had to give mine to the jumble sale ... .... got a theremin for my birthday.
  • Prof Von Shredder
    Prof Von Shredder 8 месяцев назад Chief You got "no loot" but my oh my have you got "Lute"! I wouldn't play that sad 🎻 violin too loud. You know that this really ends up being a paid vacation in the end.
  • TheMadarhorsev
    TheMadarhorsev 8 месяцев назад Muahahaaaaaaaa..
  • fish sack
    fish sack 8 месяцев назад Hahahaha
  • Zach ary
    Zach ary 8 месяцев назад W
  • Jamie Ostrowski
    Jamie Ostrowski 8 месяцев назад +Lord Quilton - Funny! First thought I had was "try and get that on a plane!"...then ran into your comment...yours is better though! lol!
  • Jamie Ostrowski
    Jamie Ostrowski 8 месяцев назад @Galatea You can thank Pelosi and the obstructionist Democrats. Trump is just trying to fulfill his promise to voters. gasp Imagine a president in this day and age trying to do that!
  • Robert Vongartzen
    Robert Vongartzen 8 месяцев назад Jamie Ostrowski Yes illegal immigration been going on since President.Reagan and it's been getting worst. Something needs to done it's out of hand, over 150 billion a year.
  • Anton Zuykov
    Anton Zuykov 8 месяцев назад airport workers will not give it thumbs down...but owners of such musical device would...
  • JunkMailBoxStuff
    JunkMailBoxStuff 8 месяцев назад TSA = Theorbo Stealers Association 😎😁😂🤣
  • facemash
    facemash 8 месяцев назад @good 'un It doesn't sit in the baggage hold. It gets it's own seat.
  • sequorroxx
    sequorroxx 8 месяцев назад "workers"
  • star gazer46&2
    star gazer46&2 8 месяцев назад lol
  • good 'un
    good 'un 8 месяцев назад @facemash , the neck is so tall it would hit the overhead compartment, even if you laid the seat as far back as it would go. I think the theorbo would have to travel first class!
  • eberbacher007
    eberbacher007 8 месяцев назад @good 'un I guess for one of these things you would use a special container (like the army also uses for some gear) that is vacuum sealed and keeps pressure
  • Saved by God's Grace.
    Saved by God's Grace. 8 месяцев назад Brilliant! !! 😂😂😂😂😂
  • johndavies115
    johndavies115 8 месяцев назад Probably why this instrument never got global fame.
  • Joanna Daneman
    Joanna Daneman 8 месяцев назад "I bought a seat for it" "But still....really, have to check it"
  • sinn
    sinn 8 месяцев назад This is why the Youtube comment section sucks now.
  • Blutige Tränen
    Blutige Tränen 8 месяцев назад LOLOL
  • Lord Quilton
    Lord Quilton 8 месяцев назад @ sinn - Blame Warhol.
  • Robert Smith
    Robert Smith 8 месяцев назад Lord Quilton LOL!!
  • Satan
    Satan 8 месяцев назад Or people who realized this is boring and retarded
  • Katalin773
    Katalin773 7 месяцев назад 😂....
  • Desmaad
    Desmaad 2 месяца назад @good 'un Assuming it survives the journey.
  • Sonder
    Sonder 5 месяцев назад I was really hoping for her arm to suddenly stretch out to the very top of the instrument while playing it.
  • Riri Airi
    Riri Airi 5 месяцев назад 😂😂😂👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
  • John Goodwin
    John Goodwin Неделю назад I can’t stop waiting for that to happen. Lmfao
  • Simon Crumley
    Simon Crumley 2 дня назад Sonder 😂😂😂👍🏻👍🏻
  • Jo Conley
    Jo Conley 3 месяца назад Metal Bands: Look at my custom 9 string! Theorbo: Hold my beer
  • masskonfuzion
    masskonfuzion 7 месяцев назад This instrument is from the 16th century, you say.... Obviously, back then, there were giants and ogres that could play that thing... :D
  • el águila negra
    el águila negra 5 месяцев назад Yeah exactly! This instrument was obviously made for/by giants...
  • ClandestineOstrich
    ClandestineOstrich 2 месяца назад The last of whom was slain in 1713 by Lord Wolfgang von Gravenrueth... which is why you never can find any giants or ogres anywhere on the Earth.
  • Ancel Rick
    Ancel Rick 1 месяц назад We're are so lucky they found one to demonstrate it.
  • ClandestineOstrich
    ClandestineOstrich 1 месяц назад @Ancel Rick We kept them to commemorate the Great Giant Wars of Eurasia. Unfortunately the Illuminati removed any record of this because conspiracy.
  • Les B
    Les B 5 месяцев назад Also known as the giraffe guitar.
  • Slappy
    Slappy Неделю назад Giraffitar.
  • Harry Fishnuts
    Harry Fishnuts 8 месяцев назад She’s just a very small person.
  • Temaghn O Murchada
    Temaghn O Murchada 8 месяцев назад She's a Hobbit playing a Mirkwood lute xD
  • Meowsta Boi
    Meowsta Boi 8 месяцев назад This comment made me spit out my water laughing 😂
  • Dylan Leason
    Dylan Leason 8 месяцев назад I can't not see this anymore.
  • Trippy Craig Gardner
    Trippy Craig Gardner 8 месяцев назад @Dylan Leason but its on the screen forever hahahahahahahaha
  • Jammer
    Jammer 8 месяцев назад Harry Fishnuts I cant I see the fact it could be a normal sized guitar
    TACO MAN 8 месяцев назад How do you explain the chair?
  • sequorroxx
    sequorroxx 8 месяцев назад This made me laugh and I don't know why.
  • SimbosanYT
    SimbosanYT 8 месяцев назад No, she's just very far away
  • Harry Fishnuts
    Harry Fishnuts 8 месяцев назад c1ang3r She’s sitting on a child’s chair.
  • Harry Fishnuts
    Harry Fishnuts 8 месяцев назад TACO MAN Child’s chair. Haven’t you ever been to a kindergarten class?
  • Fwomp
    Fwomp 8 месяцев назад my dwarf bard dnd character
  • aleprbla
    aleprbla 8 месяцев назад I mean, it's still a very high neck to body ratio lmao
  • Jim Kiousis
    Jim Kiousis 8 месяцев назад Hahahaha
  • S Leigh
    S Leigh 6 месяцев назад I can’t unsee it 😂
  • Robert Suthers
    Robert Suthers 6 месяцев назад I should’ve seen this comment at the end, now that I’ve seen it and the video keeps going and it keeps zooming out of her the harder I laugh. Can’t breathe
  • AMB
    AMB 5 месяцев назад I thought it was an elf on the shelf video!
  • Joel Hewitt
    Joel Hewitt 5 месяцев назад Now I can't un-see it....
  • el águila negra
    el águila negra 5 месяцев назад No! That instrument was obviously made for giants...
  • john wilks
    john wilks 5 месяцев назад Harry Fishnuts With a very large talent
  • AuntFanny
    AuntFanny 5 месяцев назад That made me laugh out loud. Thanks!
  • ỮĿٱSЄS
    ỮĿٱSЄS 5 месяцев назад LOL
  • Yitzhak Finnegan
    Yitzhak Finnegan 5 месяцев назад Hey, it's not the size of your instrument, but how you use it.
  • Harry Fishnuts
    Harry Fishnuts 5 месяцев назад Yitzhak Finnegan Unfortunately not according to most women. 😔
  • Pg St
    Pg St 5 месяцев назад She is a very tall person.
  • Christopher Warwick
    Christopher Warwick 2 недели назад After the video finishes, a normal sized person grabs the end of the lute and packs her away in a matchbox
  • Hector Cepeda
    Hector Cepeda 2 недели назад Yet, a giant when she plays. :^)
  • Benjamin Dona
    Benjamin Dona 2 недели назад Why Harry Fishnuts ? I kinda hope this is your legal name
  • S C
    S C 3 недели назад Ukelele was developed after string shortgae of 1558 lol
  • Bryan Sturgeon
    Bryan Sturgeon 2 недели назад S C 😆 one of the best funny comments here and there’s a lot nice one
  • Micah Bell
    Micah Bell 7 месяцев назад This thing looks longer than my parents marriage.
  • kid video
    kid video 5 месяцев назад my son will say that, my wife was a husband beater so had to divorce her., thats no joke.
  • Cinnamon & Honey
    Cinnamon & Honey 5 месяцев назад @kid video must be a boomer
  • Skanda Baby
    Skanda Baby 3 месяца назад That's not very long, same-sex marriage hasn't been legalized that long.
  • Ryan "RyN834" Melanson
    Ryan "RyN834" Melanson 7 месяцев назад Not shown was that the soundboard opens up and it becomes a Jacuzzi for 2
  • Noah Rider
    Noah Rider 3 месяца назад You people ( music aficionados, of course) , are a riot, and also extremely witty!!!😀
  • Voracious Reader
    Voracious Reader 1 месяц назад Elizabeth Kenny, I love your instrument, and how beautifully you play it, and how wonderfully you explain it....thanks so much!!!
  • Takami
    Takami 8 месяцев назад You need a ladder to tune it
  • LH Sailo
    LH Sailo 8 месяцев назад Hate to ruin the joke, but you can tune it while putting it sideways xD
  • Andrea Falconiero
    Andrea Falconiero 8 месяцев назад @LH Sailo Sure, that works in theory, but then this happens:
  • 3DLasers
    3DLasers 8 месяцев назад Or really long arms... 😐
  • MrMag1978
    MrMag1978 8 месяцев назад Takami Go Go, inspector gadget arms
  • sign543
    sign543 8 месяцев назад Takami LOL....I’m LMAO!! 😂
  • sign543
    sign543 8 месяцев назад LH Sailo Seriously? You actually needed to if the person making the HILARIOUS joke...was serious? Did you have your sense of humor surgically removed?? 😂
  • Supercool guy Gamer
    Supercool guy Gamer 8 месяцев назад Or two ppl
  • Jeff Everman
    Jeff Everman 8 месяцев назад @LH Sailo oh my God shut the fuck up
  • Lethia Page
    Lethia Page 8 месяцев назад You need a ladder to play it. There's no way to "fret" the top strings. I'm not sure how that works.
  • DickBurns
    DickBurns 8 месяцев назад (изменено) @Lethia Page that's why they don't have frets ;) if you look there isn't even a neck behind those string. They're only played open.
  • Lethia Page
    Lethia Page 8 месяцев назад @DickBurns yeah thank you, Dick. as I watched it became more clear. Still mysterious. ❤ I don't have much reference since I don't play but I do love the guitar. I was blown over the past three years or so by Chapman sticks, guitar harps, acoustic bass guitars...and now this. I think I love every interpretation of the guitar. Wouldn't you love to see this played or attempted by a modern master? Or hear a modern song on it?
  • fostellar
    fostellar 8 месяцев назад Imagine breaking a string, you'd actually kill someone
  • Dragon Slayer
    Dragon Slayer 8 месяцев назад I think shes compensating for something.
  • Dragon Slayer
    Dragon Slayer 8 месяцев назад @fostellar scary the sonic boom from the string would be emense!
  • KillerDoll
    KillerDoll 8 месяцев назад Or you can lay it on a flat surface, moron.
  • Detroit Bullet
    Detroit Bullet 8 месяцев назад Fun and very pretty
  • Greedo Kenobi
    Greedo Kenobi 8 месяцев назад ‘Need’ a ladder?... it IS a ladder! ...😜😜
  • Armim Geist
    Armim Geist 8 месяцев назад Supercool guy Gamer one with a ladder
  • natrelacoustix
    natrelacoustix 8 месяцев назад Nah! "NO STAIRWAY!"...
  • SirIkaros
    SirIkaros 8 месяцев назад this is for giraffes
  • Joshua Szeto
    Joshua Szeto 8 месяцев назад "Hey you look like you just ran a marathon" "no I just tuned my theorbo laying flat on the ground"
  • Joshua Gavaghan
    Joshua Gavaghan 8 месяцев назад But she tuned it herself in the video just fine haha
  • Lethia Page
    Lethia Page 8 месяцев назад @fostellar the surrounding players all wear goggles.
  • Ein The Corgi
    Ein The Corgi 8 месяцев назад Profile picture reminds me of somebody
  • *Viktor Jovev*
    *Viktor Jovev* 8 месяцев назад Ok sorry to say this but you are all dumb. On 0:15 you can see on the right there are tuners.
  • Lethia Page
    Lethia Page 8 месяцев назад @*Viktor Jovev* you aren't sorry to say anything..or you wouldn't have. you are just a dick. Thanks for your observation about the instrument and fuck off with your attitude.
  • ericathorp1
    ericathorp1 8 месяцев назад sign543 calm down
  • buzz bang
    buzz bang 8 месяцев назад The guy who created this particular model, I believe his stage name was stretch. And for good reason too. lol
  • J
    J 8 месяцев назад Screw that; you need a rocket.
  • Kevin James Stevens
    Kevin James Stevens 8 месяцев назад or the gum gum fruit
  • Kairu Hakubi
    Kairu Hakubi 8 месяцев назад sure, but can you tuna fish?
  • Joshua Wheat
    Joshua Wheat 8 месяцев назад LH Sailo r/wooooosh
  • Dan W
    Dan W 8 месяцев назад @LH Sailo Yeah, but you need someone at the bottom end to hold the tuner and strum it.🤣
  • LH Sailo
    LH Sailo 8 месяцев назад @Joshua Wheat that's not how wooshes work boii
  • LH Sailo
    LH Sailo 8 месяцев назад @Andrea Falconiero lmao
  • ThothHeart Maat
    ThothHeart Maat 8 месяцев назад (изменено) Ladders are for poor people.. the aristocratic class hire three midgets to stand on each other's shoulders.. it's just simply the way things are done...
  • Asche Djidoi
    Asche Djidoi 8 месяцев назад You just have to be at least 6' tall.
  • Jean-Michel M.
    Jean-Michel M. 8 месяцев назад Takami actually there is this Italian guy who uses a ladder and a chair attached to the Octobass to play it so why not
  • cartnhorse
    cartnhorse 3 месяца назад @LH Sailo Don't worry - you have not ruined the joke. You have however revealed yourself to be a humourless wanker with (at least) a mild compulsive disorder.
  • Santos Elrolo
    Santos Elrolo 2 месяца назад Is that a guitar strap or a theorbo harness ?
  • nmeunier
    nmeunier 1 день назад Her lack of "umms" , "errs" and "ahs" when speaking is impressive!
  • Zen Den Studios
    Zen Den Studios 7 месяцев назад I had no idea I wanted to know this much about a Theobro. I didn't even know what the heck it was but I sure am glad I watched this video! I absolutely love your humor!
  • Jacob Moorman
    Jacob Moorman 3 месяца назад "People complain a lot about the space that I take up". Try telling that to an organist.
  • Shining Armor
    Shining Armor 3 месяца назад Organs don’t usually travel.
  • Ben Hutchinson
    Ben Hutchinson 3 месяца назад @Shining Armor He's joking ffs
  • Classified
    Classified 2 месяца назад Ben Hutchinson but it was a dumb joke
  • Jacob Moorman
    Jacob Moorman 2 месяца назад (изменено) Thats your opinion. r/woooosh
  • Sean Adler
    Sean Adler 1 месяц назад @Shining Armor I take my organs with me everywhere I go.
  • bkerchev
    bkerchev 7 месяцев назад Its fair to say, you could be sticking your neck out introducing this instrument to the masses. Bravo! Top marks for prowess and presentation. Go for Baroque! Always.
  • Joe Hova
    Joe Hova 5 месяцев назад O K That's enough punn ishment