New GH Baldrick player

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New GH Baldrick player

Postby Muha » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:52 am

Hello,
I am a new HG player. Followed by Cecilia’s and Scott’s advice I have ordered my first Hurdy Gurdy from Neil Brook, who has a high reputation of a quality HG maker. I wanted something small , but with a pick up and fine tuning for band environment.

My basic Baldrick model has 2 melody strings, 2 drowns and one ‘buzz’ string ( still need to learn proper terminology!) . The pegheads are designed to look traditional, but with ability to fine tuning- a must feature for this temperamental instrument! Six months in a waiting list and I became a proud member of HG community! The problem is…now I have to learn to play it!! But I’m feeling positive and hope to be able to produce some melody in a near future. Any advice on learning resources will help!

Thanks a lot and see you soon!
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Re: New GH Baldrick player

Postby Scott Marshall » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:53 pm

Hi Iryna, we can teach you the basics. There are some good videos here from Scott Gayman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPWVnkZA ... ure=relmfu
Neil Brook has a couple of good tuition DVD's http://www.hurdy-gurdy.org.uk/gctutor.html

BTW that was really quick that you got your gurdy, it only seems like a couple of months ago you came to visit & try instruments out.

Welcome to gurdy world :)
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Re: New HG Baldrick player

Postby Scott Marshall » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:55 pm

ps there is the yahoo group here:http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/HurdygurdyForum/ lots of info & more messages
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Re: New GH Baldrick player

Postby Muha » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:25 pm

time flies! I have ordered it five months ago- yes, it was that long :) . Thank you of the links, already started to enjoy the powerful sound of HG.

For some bizarre reason the buzz string when picked by fingers gives F, when played on a well produces D, as the drones. How come the pitch depends on the way you play the string??- just wonder :)
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Re: New GH Baldrick player

Postby daveholland » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:21 pm

Hi Iryna,

when you pluck the string, the vibrating length is shorter than when it's driven by the wheel, so the note is higher.

Cheers,
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