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by kenbloom
Wed May 15, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz
Replies: 12
Views: 154

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

Thanks Evelyn, I appreciate the update. My view is from afar. I first learned the zither basically on my own in California before I moved to Chicago and was able to meet Rudi Wacek and Ludwig Karlbrunner. It's always instructive to be able to hear from people who really know what's going on! thank y...
by kenbloom
Tue May 14, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz
Replies: 12
Views: 154

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

Since we are all constructed differently, there is no "correct" position for the little finger. The mentioned groove on the bridge goes back to the A. Darr book that told you to rest the little finger there. That approach was discarded by the end of the 19th century. My journey in using the little f...
by kenbloom
Fri May 10, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz
Replies: 12
Views: 154

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

The warnings about the curled little finger are well founded. I got into the same habit and it has bothered me for decades. It takes energy to curl your little finger up and that steals energy from the rest of your hand. You are doing the same thing I did by keeping your elbow low. I used to get pai...
by kenbloom
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Repair or replace.
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: Repair or replace.

That is some pretty severe damage. You might want to compare the cost of repair to the purchase of a new and more modern instrument. This one is a smaller instrument with only three contra basses and some of those half frets that were popular on many older instruments. Modern zithers are much better...
by kenbloom
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Perfekta Zither/Anton Brauer
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Perfekta Zither/Anton Brauer

Hi Quince, It looks perfect! I have heard nothing but great things about Wunshe and thre few of his instruments I've played were wonderful, every bit as good as my Meinel Jr. I'm sure you will enjy your Perfekta as much as I like mine and having those contras handy is realy wonderful. Ken Bloom http...
by kenbloom
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Technical question
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Technical question

I came from a guitar and woodwind background. I have always gone with the idea that there was no reason not to use every finger I had. As I progressed in my playing, I was gifted with the Hintermeyer books for the right hand and they freed up my thinking about which fingers to use where. I will ofte...
by kenbloom
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Technical question
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Technical question

As far as fingering goes, I often use my little finger for things like this rather than my thumb. I find that less cumbersome. YMMV.

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Technical question
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Technical question

It depends on the sound that you want. You could certainly use an open A string for the A/C combination and it would be a convenient way to do it. You would not be able to add vibrato to the interval doing it that way and on many zithers the open string has a different tone quality to the fretted on...
by kenbloom
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Question about Staccato
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Question about Staccato

If you keep the finger in contact with the string when you release the pressure it becomes automatic damping. Ideally, for clean playing, you want the left hand finger and the thumb ring to strike the note at the same instant. If you then release the pressure but keep on the string, you get staccato...
by kenbloom
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither

I concur! The Bergfe green are also easiest on the instrument while still sounding very good.

Kewn Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org