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by velocio
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: FIT BIT?
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: FIT BIT?

Next week will be the eighth anniversary of the beginning of my (mostly very lonely) zither practice. Keeping track of practice time definitely has been valuable for me, too. Other advice I received along the way, and which I found to be useful: - make a plan for the more substantial practice sessio...
by velocio
Sun May 26, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Listening recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 1845

Re: Listening recommendations?

Here is a new one, with good view of the fingers:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfyduNggJgc&fbc ... kCsRyv_icQ
More about Steffen Hempel at www.zither-solist.com
by velocio
Sun May 12, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz
Replies: 12
Views: 641

Re: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz

From what I observe when watching zither players on YouTube, the "tea drinking with the Queen" pinky doesn't seem to be a good goal. Look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgsjl8aFvX0 (for example). The little finger - in general - follows the ring finger and helps to push away the string on which ...
by velocio
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Zitherists
Topic: Denver
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: Denver

If you use MuseScore, this could help to get you started:

https://musescore.com/sheetmusic?text=john+denver
by velocio
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: What’s this?
Replies: 1
Views: 427

What’s this?

By good fortune, I got hold of a Johann Haslwanter (1824-1884) zither, yesterday. It’s in need of serious restoration, of course, but I believe it’s worth the effort and I plan to report on the progress. Meanwhile, I would like to know what this piece I found in the case (see attachment) is all about:
by velocio
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: concerning teachers....
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: concerning teachers....

Meant to post this for some time, already. When I decided to learn to play the Zither (as a “retirement project”, seven years ago) the first teacher I found (in Germany) received me with the words (seriously frowning) “I don’t understand what you want - it makes no sense! It takes 20 years to learn ...
by velocio
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Builders
Topic: Hartwig Klapp-Zither
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Re: Hartwig Klapp-Zither

The strength of the magnets is perfect for the purpose: rock solid when locked yet fairly easy to separate by bending the two halves apart. I find it easier and quicker to set up for play (or to put it back for storage in its zippered bag) than a standard zither out of its unwieldy case. You are rig...
by velocio
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Builders
Topic: Hartwig Klapp-Zither
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Hartwig Klapp-Zither

Due to frequent traveling, I have had an eye on it for some time already. Now, on a recent trip through Munich, it has happened (look at the pictures here for more details: https://www.musik-hartwig.de/zither/eigene-modelle-1/klappzither/ ). Of course, there are compromises in sound volume - basses ...
by velocio
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Listening recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 1845

Re: Listening recommendations?

https://youtu.be/OYfyW5xbPsg

FWIW, this is the one that made me want to learn to play that instrument ...
by velocio
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Listening recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 1845

Re: Listening recommendations?

I also like much of Klaus Waldburg (a total of 64 videos - search YouTube for "Klaus Waldburg zither") and Wilfried Scharf. Once you have looked through the search results, YouTube will keep suggesting more related titles.