Greetings from the seaside

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Greetings from the seaside

Postby etfox » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:23 am

Hi all,

Thought I'd better introduce myself.

I'm Ed, currently living in Devon by the sea. I started playing guitar in 1987 and have been playing various instruments ever since, these days mostly fiddle and mandola. I think I can date my desire to play the hurdy gurdy to about 1993, and a week ago (today) I finally got my first one.

It needed (and still needs) a little tweaking, but I've built and restored fiddles and repaired harps, so I'm fairly confident about my ability to do the work, provided I can figure out what actually needs doing. I'm sure that I'll flood the boards with newbie questions over the coming months, so I hope you'll all bear with me.

I also have the idea of building a really simple basic hurdy gurdy - probably more of a symphonie - for my four-year-old son. He loves music and mechanical things, so an instrument that's sounded by turning a handle appeals to him enormously, and making him one of his own might be the only way I can stop him playing mine! Never mind the flamed maple and specialist glues, this one's going to be built of plywood and screws - it's more important for it to survive the ravages of a 4 year old and his little sister than for it to sound great (though come Christmas, she's going to have a harp of her own to destroy if Father Christmas get's her letter...).

I've started a musical blog where I'll occasionally post info about my progress, both with playing my hrudy gurdy and building my son's: http://www.tomorrowfox.blogspot.com

Thanks for listening :)
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Re: Greetings from the seaside

Postby Scott Marshall » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:59 pm

Hi Ed, welcome to the forum! Which bit of Devon are you in? There are a few gurdy players down there :)
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Re: Greetings from the seaside

Postby etfox » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:45 pm

Hi Scott, thanks. I'm in Torbay, but when I'm feeling adventurous I sometimes travel as far as Exeter or Dartmoor...
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Re: Greetings from the seaside

Postby Scott Marshall » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:42 pm

Hi Ed, we get down to Torquay sometimes (It's great!) :) Steve Tyler is near Okehampton, he is a brilliant player and teacher. http://www.historicalmusic.co.uk/musici ... tyler.html
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Re: Greetings from the seaside

Postby etfox » Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:18 am

The best thing about Torquay, of course, is the ferry to Brixham ;)

Thanks for the link, I'll bear him in mind if I decide to go down the route of finding a teacher. Apart from a year of guitar lessons when I was 8 I'm an entirely self-taught musician (in the sense that I learn by watching and listening to others then replicating it and finding my own style) so I don't plan to have lessons at the moment - though I'm sure I'd benefit from them. In the past though I've always moved in little steps from instrument to instrument: guitar to mandolin, mandolin to bouzouki/mandola, mandola/mandolin to fiddle etc. The hurdy gurdy is the first entirely new instrument I've tried to learn since the guitar, so I'm not going to rule out lessons in the future.
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Re: Greetings from the seaside

Postby Scott Marshall » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:37 pm

Hi Ed, there are some good videos on Youtube to help get you going, I would recommend at least one lesson with Steve, just so you don't develop bad habits, he is very reasonable.
That ferry to Brixham is great, especially the old wartime boat 'The Fairmile' I think :)
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Re: Greetings from the seaside

Postby WaterPig Master » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:41 pm

Hey Ed,

I'm in Devon too, in Buckfastleigh (Near Ashburton + Totnes). It'd be good to meet up at some point.

I've had a few lessons with Steve. He's a great teacher and I can recommend him.

Cheers,
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