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Maybe we could gather together some forgotten trad. instruments under this group. I think it could be interesting... I don't know much for example intsruments that native american indians used, or people in australia etc.

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This group is an archive of traditional instruments usually not seen or heard much today. Please add any posts or discussions you think will be interesting to us.

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Birthday Greetings for Jaakko Ryynanen

Started by Alan Roberts. Last reply by jaakko ryynanen Jun 11, 2010. 1 Reply

  Let us all wish Jaakko a Happy Birthday!(BTW, the cake was delicious. Too bad you couldn't nake it to the party!)Continue

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Comment by Henry Lowman on February 5, 2010 at 6:46pm
Comment by jaakko ryynanen on January 20, 2010 at 1:22am
Comment by jaakko ryynanen on January 20, 2010 at 1:15am
Ok, Jouhikko and Kantele are greate instruments from Finland, but there is interesting instruments in other countries of Scandinavia. This is coming from Sweden and called nyckelharpa (Key-violin):
The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish instrument that has been played, in one form or another as it evolved, for more than 600 years. At least four different versions of the nyckelharpa are still played today, an uncommon situation for most folk instruments.

There is also American Nyckel harpa association: http://www.nyckelharpa.org/


I dont know how I can add that youtube vid to here....so there is just a link
Comment by jaakko ryynanen on December 15, 2009 at 12:54pm

I gotta put this link too. I think it's one of the best intro stories :)
Comment by Ted Crocker on December 13, 2009 at 6:29pm
Mayuri (peacock), 19th century India Wood, parchment, metal, feathers L. 44 in. (112 cm) The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.163)

from Metropolitan Museum of Art
Comment by Ted Crocker on December 13, 2009 at 6:18pm
Dvojnice, late 19th century Bosnia Wood L. 12 15/16 in. (3.29 cm)

The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.1589) The dvojnice is a double flute made of a single block of wood. It has a single mouthpiece, but two channels that direct the air flow into two separate pipes. This example from Bosnia has four finger holes on the right side and three on the left and is decorated with carved geometric designs. The dvojnice is a pastoral instrument common to many countries of the Balkans; a shepherd would play it while following his herd or performing for his friends. From Metropolitan Museum of Art
Comment by smojo on December 12, 2009 at 2:30pm
dotar or dutar, two stringed instrument - would love one. I tried to add a Youtube link here of one but nothing showed up on the page.
Comment by Ted Crocker on December 12, 2009 at 2:48am
Norwegian Mouth Harp

Comment by Ted Crocker on December 12, 2009 at 12:12am
Dan Bau
The đàn bầu (đàn độc huyền or độc huyền cầm) is a Vietnamese monochord. While the earliest written records of the Dan Bau date its origin to 1770, many scholars[who?] estimate its age to be up to one thousand years older than that. A popular legend of its beginning tells of a blind woman playing it in the market to earn a living for her family while her husband was at war. Whether this tale is based in fact or not, it remains true that the Dan Bau has historically been played by blind musicians. Until recent times, its soft volume limited the musical contexts in which it could be used. The Dan Bau, played solo, is central to Vietnamese folk music, a genre still popular today in the country. Its other traditional application is as an accompaniment to poetry readings. With the invention of the magnetic pickup, the usage of the Dan Bau spread to ensembles and also to contemporary Asian pop and rock music. Now, electronics designed for the electric guitar are sometimes employed with the Dan Bau to further expand its tonal palate. Originally, the Dan Bau was made of just 4 parts: a bamboo tube, a wooden rod, a coconut shell half, and a silk string. The string was strung across the bamboo, tied on one end to the rod, which is perpendicularly attached to the bamboo. The coconut shell was attached to the rod, serving as a resonator. Now, the bamboo has been replaced by a wooden soundboard, with hardwood as the sides and softwood as the middle. An electric guitar string has replaced the traditional silk string. While the gourd is still present, it is now generally made of wood, acting only as a decorative feature. Also, most Dan Bau now have modern tuning machines, so the base pitch of the string can be adjusted. Usually the instrument is tuned to one octave below middle C, about 130.813 Hz, but it can be tuned to other notes to make it easier to play in keys distant from C. Playing the Dan Bau is simple but requires a great deal of precision. The pinky of the right hand gently taps the string at one of seven commonly used nodes while the other fingers pluck the string using a long plectrum. The nodes the pinky taps are the notes of the first seven overtones. So the pinky plays flageolets, similar to what guitar players do at the string positions above the octave (1/2), the perfect fifth (2/3), the perfect fourth (3/4), the just major third (4/5), the just minor third (5/6) and two tones not appearing in the Western scale: the septimal minor third (6/7) and the septimal whole tone (7/8). With the left hand, the player can push the flexible rod towards the instrument using the index finger to lower the pitch of the note, or the player can pull the rod away from the instrument with the thumb to raise the pitch of the note. This technique is used both to play notes not available at a node as well as to add vibrato to any note. .

Comment by Ted Crocker on December 11, 2009 at 11:44pm
Cool Jouhikko


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