A beginner's question

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A beginner's question

Postby chrisbarton303 » Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:19 pm

At the risk of asking a question that may seem daft to experienced players (especially as I haven't actually got my instrument yet)...

I see on Neil Brook's trompette workshop that his method for the coup de 3 and coup de 4 assumes you complete the coup over a single revolution of the crank (so I'm guessing 1 turn = 1 bar of music). Given that the tempo of different tunes can vary considerably, am I right in thinking that the chien responds to variations in the speed at which you turn the crank, rather than the absolute speed? Otherwise you'd end up with a constant buzz during tunes above a certain tempo.

Again, sorry if I'm showing my lack of experience - I've yet to meet a hurdy gurdy player in the flesh, so the internet is my only source of information!

Chris
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Re: A beginner's question

Postby Scott Marshall » Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:04 am

Chris, don't worry!
On a French style instrument there is a peg in the tailpiece you turn to adjust the sensitivity of the buzz. You set it to the speed/style of music you are playing. On Hungarian and Swedish type instruments there is a wedge arrangement to do the same job. Where abouts do you live? I am sure you would have a player nearby who would help get you started.
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Re: A beginner's question

Postby chrisbarton303 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:39 am

Thanks Scott, that makes perfect sense - a fairly obvious solution I guess! I'm based in Ashford, Kent at the moment, but by the time my hurdy gurdy is ready this may have changed! I'll send out an SOS once I've taken delivery
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