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by Dave
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Chords are Hard!
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Chords are Hard!

Hi Andy, you'll find as you practice zither pieces that much of it is a finger puzzle. For chord progressions, try to come up with fingering that promotes fluidity, not choppiness. I had a look at the piece you posted this evening and have some suggestions, though I would say there are other variati...
by Dave
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Im Heimgarten
Replies: 11
Views: 1502

Re: Im Heimgarten

Hi Rudi, I agree with you! Dondl is a very good choice. I also enjoyed the folk songs in Adalbert Abrecht's books. These are in a 3-volume series as well.


by Dave
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Beginner Video - Tom M.
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Re: Beginner Video - Tom M.

Hi Tom, I’d say you’re doing very well! It was probably a year before I could play anything that resembled a song. I had the additional hurdle of not knowing how to read music. Lot’s of hunting and pecking for me, but I kept at it. :-D It’s all there, just work on fluidity. One thing that may help, ...
by Dave
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: How did you get started?
Replies: 15
Views: 1475

Re: How did you get started?

My introduction to the zither was through my Bavarian Oma. I’m happy to say that I was fortunate enough to have a few lessons from her before she passed. After, I studied with Jane Curtis for ~ 10 years. I’ve had a teacher for almost as long as I’ve bee...
by Dave
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Free Unbranded Zither
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Free Unbranded Zither

I received an email from someone looking to home an unbranded zither. It might make a good one for a student. Contact Joe at if interested and if you claim it, please update this thread. Dave, I have a pre-WWII zither made in Germany but it has no brand name. I would be willing t...
by Dave
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Thumb Pick Force
Replies: 17
Views: 1264

Re: Thumb Pick Force

Hi Andy, pretty song. My Oma used to play that. A few words on terminology: You wear a zither "ring" on your thumb, and use it to "strike" the strings. You're doing very well! Try not to lift your left hand when playing. What type of zither ring are you using? Is it a proper ring, or is it a plastic...
by Dave
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection
Replies: 9
Views: 1968

Re: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

One of our zither players from the Philadelphia area used to go to a nail salon just for one nail, his thumb nail. I got to see it and it looked like it was holding up well. He swore by it.
by Dave
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Albert Mueller
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: Albert Mueller

Thanks Rudi, I searched through past email and found this pic of his zither, sent to me by his daughter.....almost 10 years ago. It is indeed electric. You'll notice the knobs on the front, fret-board side, of the instrument.
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by Dave
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: History
Topic: Albert Mueller
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Albert Mueller

Here's a bit of zither history from Milwaukee. Shown in this photo is Albert Mueller, performing at The Golden Zither. I believe his zither was made by him, and electric, if I'm not mistaken. Anyone in the Milwaukee area recall this zither personality?
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by Dave
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Vice President Ford and Hans Gassner
Replies: 0
Views: 883

Vice President Ford and Hans Gassner

In April, 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford visited Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was treated to zither music by Milwaukee Zither Club member Hans Gassner. How about that! ;-)
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