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  1. So the highest String isnthe closest to your body in this Tuning an the lowest is the outer String? I did it the opposite.

  2. I find it interesting that you can go that low. I can barely play melodys on the high tuning. Maybe im just bad.

  3. maybe i'm old school but. i just buy albums and download them into my phone. also useful for listening to music when you don't have internet (like on the subway or a flight)

  4. I may be even older school! I go to the library and borrow CDs. I can play those from my computer (I still use one with an optical drive because I don't see a reason to buy a newer one yet while the old one still works) or on my boom box that was a gift years ago.

  5. damn now thats something i havent heard of in a couple decades lol

  6. You haven't heard of a library in 20 years? I'm so sorry for you! I can make some guesses about the politics in your state, in that case. What a shame.

  7. Rauno Nieminen's book Jouhikko the Bowed Lyre has sections with music for Swedish talharpa and Estonian hiiu kannel. His suggested tuning for talharpa is E4 A3 D3 D3.

  8. Yeah for sure I need to make my own experience. I guess i have enough hair here for trial and error, about 30g.

  9. Can I ask what sizes of monofilament Strings you used? Did you used Just one String or do you twisted multiple Strings of monofilament to one String?

  10. With fishing line strings, you are replacing the horse hair. I bought 4 pound line, which is very fine. Make a bundle of the strands and twist tightly.

  11. Wow. First wrong sub. Second u sound spoiled. Ur parents have a business. That can go to u. They have given u a chance to prosper. U just dont see it. Customers suck. Stand up if u believe. If not so be it.

  12. Imma stick up for the OP. Sure, the business could be valuable, but not everyone's dream is to make money the same way their parents do. Most of us choose very different career paths from our parents. And being told, in essence, that you have to do a particular job for the parents may be rather stifling.

  13. I am in fairbanks also! I just got my first tagelharpa.(2 days ago actually) Have been slowly learning and watching videos.

  14. Indeed. That's a large instrument, the mensure is 74 cm.

  15. Wow. That IS a big instrument. My main one is 56 cm overall, with a 33 cm mensure. I can't imagine trying to play quickly on a lyre with a 74 cm mensure. More power to you!

  16. Just to be sure I get you right: are the screws to be placed between the pegs and the nut so that the string goes under the head of the screw before running over the nut?

  17. Yes, that's what I'd try. Create a downward pressure on the strings, just enough to hold them firmly against the nut. See if you can look at an electric guitar for ideas, too.

  18. General consensus is whenever someone shows up on a Facebook bowed lyre group and says "why can't I get my Staghelm instrument to sound decent," that the response is normally "because it is a Staghelm."

  19. Believe me, I do feel your frustration. I am sure I'm the only jouhikko player in my entire state (I've tried to find others, without success). I have to take lessons via Skype from the other side of the world. I do get why isolation is rough on someone who wants to play this instrument. It also means I have never handled a bowed lyre made by a good luthier. Nobody in at least 900 miles makes them that I am aware of.

  20. Bows, for as simple as they look, are more sophisticated than they seem. In essence, you need to be able to keep tension on some horsehair and apply it to the strings. How you do that can be rather finicky.

  21. If it were me, I would want to know what kind of glue was used on the instrument (sound and especially serviceability), and what kind of finish is on it. Also confirm a bass bar and treble post.

  22. While I do use a bass bar and sound post in my main instrument, neither is absolutely necessary. These are recent additions to the construction of a bowed lyre and were adopted from violin construction.

  23. Is that the sound you want to make? Is it worth your money and time to sound like that video?

  24. I started with a half-day class through the local folk school. We made nails and hooks. And yeah, it cost more money than I had expected. But I think it was worth it for several reasons.

  25. Another thought: how much rosin are you using? It is easy to have too little and I don't think it is possible to put too much on the bow. I also rosin my strings. Without rosin, the instrument will sound thin, quiet, and scratchy. With rosin, it can sing with body and presence. You issue may just come down to having the bow properly prepped for the job it does.

  26. I tried to use rosin, and every time I used more and more rosin. May it be only because I didn't rosin my strings? I saw the tip to rosin strings for better sound

  27. I know it isn't feasible for everyone, but try to find someone who plays a bowed instrument and get some pointers about getting sound from strings. This isn't the easiest instrument in the world. If you can spend some time with a violin player, you may get some pointers about bow to string interaction that will help you.

  28. My guess is that the difference has more to do with the musical repertoire for which the common tunings evolved than with anything else. These are folk instruments and don’t have truly standardized tunings. If the melodies for which the instrument evolved used a lot of “note below the tonic,” I suspect your tuning might be more common.

  29. Brisa is a good site, lots of different blades and lots of materials

  30. Brisa also has helpful customer service. They were able to get me stuff they don’t normally carry and ship it to me. I would do business with them any day.

  31. Please do this! It is a definite need. I pay for lessons via Skype and I know not everyone who wants to play can afford to do that. I know I'd be interested, especially if it gives me a different perspective on the instrument. I have a great teacher, but another perspective is always a valuable addition to a knowledge base.

  32. These are great suggestions, thank you for that. I'm gonna assume that your teacher is tagelharpist on Instagram? Great player indeed. I will definitely admit that he is more skilled than what I am, however from what I understand he is very stuck and set in his ways.

  33. No. Tagelharpist is a very good player, but I'm with a Finnish player whose music I already loved and was delighted to get on his schedule. I can PM you his name if you wish.

  34. The seller says they are "multi-strand" nylon so I expect that is fishing line?

  35. Multi-strand nylon almost certainly means fishing line. There is also craft monofilament at stores like Michaels.

  36. I play jouhikko. I'm not an expert, but I take lessons via Skype from a highly skilled jouhikko player. 9 months of lessons so far, just for perspective on how not-expert I am. I'll answer your questions and give a little extra information, but understand that this is one perspective and my teacher is the first to point out that there are other approaches. However, I would say that his playing is fairly typical of modern Finnish jouhikko playing.

  37. Thank you a lot for the insight! When I was gathering information on the hurdy gurdy it got complex fast and there were a lot of shops and makers who just didn't have the best quality items. So now having the insight on this instrument I've never touched before that you gave really helps out a lot! I can't say I have many questions right now. Only one I can really think of is can I possibly get more specifics on those dimensions? I've looked around Etsy, independent builders, some websites, trying to find a good middle ground talharpa but average I could find were around 25". I was also considering 22" like what you did and I would like to know what else I could put into consideration when I make the size. Don't want it too big but I want it big enough to have a good, clear and semi deep sound to compliment my hurdy gurdy

  38. Check out my channel to see a sound sample of my alto. I tune it ADG, so a 4th below the soprano.

  39. Absolutely. That's the value of having the arched bridge. Look for videos of Lassi Logren playing one of his 4 string instruments. He does shift the drone to different strings as he plays. He is always playing 2 strings, but not always the same 2 strings.

  40. Sounds great! This might be a stupid question, but as the bridge is not glued down, and the strings are detachable (of course for tuning purposes etc.) can one technically change between types of bridges?

  41. Yes! And not a stupid question at all! A very good one. On the instruments I build, I sometimes have to go through several bridges to get the sound I want. A heavier bridge (thicker, heavier wood) will be a little less responsive, but also reduce "nasal" tone. A thinner bridge will be a little louder. I might want the arch more or less pronounced. Or the spacing a little bit wider. All are adjusted with the bridge.

  42. Who is your teacher? I'm looking for a teacher to get started and am in the US (I assume it will be online). Thanks!

  43. I will PM you with his name. Yes, he is in another country. I meet with him via Skype.

  44. I have used two finishes. Brush-on lacquer was tricky. There's an art to doing that right and I don't really have it. The other I have used (and like very well) is oil and wax. A coat of Danish oil, allowed to harden over 24-48 hours, followed by hard paste wax. The appearance is more matte than the lacquer and gives some depth to the surface. This is a fairly foolproof finish.

  45. There really isn't a defined convention that I'm aware of. Orlando Camac makes his instruments with really narrow bridges. Rauno Nieminen uses wider. I will generally space my strings about 1/2 inch apart (15mm) on the bridge and measure from there.

  46. As the other answer states, you really don't want it glued down. This is for a couple of reasons.

  47. Wow, thnx 4 the reply. I'm still getting used just to hold the bow properly. Right now, I'm experimenting with different tunings and so far, DAD and CGC seem the best.

  48. I'm not aware of a convention for numbering the strings either. With my teacher, I tend to refer to them by the note they play. (I'm a jouhikko player. 3 string version. So I have D, A, and E.)

  49. Try wood glue if you have it. But I suggest you go ahead and order new pegs, too. The wood glue may hold while you wait for the new pegs to arrive.

  50. I don't think any real scientific work has been done with the bass bar and sound post on bowed lyres. It seems to be something borrowed from violin family instruments. That means I can't tell you what is "best," but I can tell you what I did. I get good volume and projection from my alto jouhikko (length overall about 70 cm, mensure 40 cm - exact measurements may be a little off, I'm going by memory because the instrument is at home and I am not).

  51. First of all, I’m very grateful for your detailed response! I appreciate your desire to help!

  52. How much money and time are you willing to invest in this? My suggestion is that you try building two instruments. One, assuming it may fail, built to be as unbraced as possible. The other using the bracing your gut tells you to use. I believe you will find the minimally-braced instrument does great. Just a bass bar and sound post and no other bracing. My first 3 jouhikkos had no bracing at all, but I do think the bass bar contributes to the sound quality and is worth adding. It does also add some structural support.

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