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Reynard38
09-21-2013, 06:18 PM
Just heard these guys on NPR during the Lake Wobegon program. Looked them up on YouTube.
Never saw a fiddle with keys before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLQcslKYtvQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Something to add to the sailing playlist.

Flying Orca
09-21-2013, 06:33 PM
They're great live. A good intro to Nordic folk is the series entitled Nordic Roots - I don't know if there are more than three volumes, but the three I have are spectacularly good.

Peerie Maa
09-21-2013, 06:34 PM
Like a hurdy gurdy without the drone and hand crank. Nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHmML7bu-iM

skuthorp
09-21-2013, 06:35 PM
Hurdy Gurdy or a dozen other names going back to the 9th century. Origins in the east.
A crank with a circular bow and keys. Wicki has a good page on them.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/de/Elf_Fantasy_Fair_2010_hurdy_gurdy.jpg/743px-Elf_Fantasy_Fair_2010_hurdy_gurdy.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLlIbMA6VFA

Actually you can buy a kit.
http://dragonflybridge.com/HurdyGurdy/ConstructionPictures/kit.jpg

The posted video is a variation, there are several forms.

Ian McColgin
09-21-2013, 06:43 PM
Cool.

Reynard38
09-21-2013, 06:52 PM
Always loved acoustic stringed instruments. Tried to learn the guitar, but I just couldn't get the timing right. Can't dance either.

CWSmith
09-21-2013, 06:59 PM
Does anyone know the name of the instrument shown in the original post? It's lovely.

bogdog
09-21-2013, 07:24 PM
Does anyone know the name of the instrument shown in the original post? It's lovely.
Looks like a nyckelharpa.

Keith Wilson
09-21-2013, 07:49 PM
Yep, a nyckelharpa, very Swedish. There's an American Nyckelharpa Association (http://www.nyckelharpa.org/).

CWSmith
09-21-2013, 08:11 PM
I just got a mental image of tuning all those strings. There are 16 of them!

Flying Orca
09-22-2013, 10:26 AM
::shrug:: better than an autoharp...

CWSmith
09-22-2013, 11:44 AM
The electronic tuners now available for guitars have been my salvation. I have a tin ear. I can tune a guitar in just 2 or 3 minutes where it used to take me an entire practice session. I was partly joking, but only partly.

ron ll
09-22-2013, 11:52 AM
I've found the electronic tuners fine for a guitar except for the G string which due to tempering needs to be tuned by ear appropriate to the key.

CWSmith
09-22-2013, 02:41 PM
I've found the electronic tuners fine for a guitar except for the G string which due to tempering needs to be tuned by ear appropriate to the key.

Could you elaborate? Do you mean having it in tune along all the frets?

Oysterhouse
09-22-2013, 03:44 PM
I've found the electronic tuners fine for a guitar except for the G string which due to tempering needs to be tuned by ear appropriate to the key.

I can't play a musical instrument, but I agree with you that it is important to get the appropriate tension on a G string. I don't usually do it by ear. :D

TomF
09-22-2013, 03:54 PM
better than tuning a harpsichord too :D

Chip-skiff
09-22-2013, 04:25 PM
The German group Faun also uses a nyckelharpa. In the video, the guy on stage left is playing one (good views at about 2:45 and 3:00), while the woman singing lead vocal has a hurdy gurdy.


http://youtu.be/LgGIOZiVCVU

Here's a good photo of a nyckelharpa:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/Didier_Fran%C3%A7ois_teaching_his_special_nyckelha rpa-technique.jpg

And a labeled picture of a hurdy gurdy.

http://www.hurdygurdy.farmcom.net/parts2.jpg

They both have primary strings that are fretted by keys and sympathetic or drone strings that resonate. The nyckelharpa is bowed while the hurdy gurdy has a leather-faced wheel turned by a hand crank and treated with rosin that sounds the primary strings.

At a party at the local saloon last fall, there was a guy playing a nyckelharpa.