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by NutmegCT
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: concerning teachers....
Replies: 4
Views: 792

Re: concerning teachers....

Velocio - thank you! So you've been learning zither for only seven years. Bravo! And you're very lucky to have a real zither teacher! Were/are you traveling to Germany for your lessons? Could you tell us how exactly you started? did you use a "zither method" book? What exercises and examples did you...
by NutmegCT
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Two Zithers for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1378

Re: Two Zithers for sale

Good to hear you're not giving in. I'm continuing, but the metallic buzzing twangy sound is discouraging. I still have to "hunt" for each string - nothing comes naturally. You've made more progress in four months than I've made in four years. Four years ago a WW2 vet (US Navy) and friend of mine tol...
by NutmegCT
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Two Zithers for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1378

Re: Two Zithers for sale

Pete: "I asked how you were progressing but did not hear from you."

Tom: Very slowly!
by NutmegCT
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Two Zithers for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1378

Re: Two Zithers for sale

Pete - I'm afraid I'm lost again! You say "Rudi and Dave are right" - but Rudi and Dave never made any comments in this thread. I've been slugging away at zither for over four years now. You only started four months ago. Way too early to toss your zithers into the recycle bin! (Personally I could ne...
by NutmegCT
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: July 25, 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: July 25, 2018

Andy - that is fantastic! What a difference from the zither angle I've been using. I had no idea the zither angle could be at such an "offset" - almost 45 degrees. Mine has been closer to about 20 degrees. Also, I see you're sitting more centered to the zither than I do. I'd read in one of the metho...
by NutmegCT
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: July 25, 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: July 25, 2018

Thanks Ken. For us "beginners", determining a comfortable arm position is pretty much guesswork, as both arms are adjusted constantly when moving along the fingerboard and the accompaniment strings. I like your method of aligning the strings with the angle of the right hand thumb, but I'm never sure...
by NutmegCT
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: July 25, 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: July 25, 2018

Don - thanks for the ideas. It would be very helpful to see an overhead photo of your zither placement and hand positions. I'm afraid YouTube videos and drawings in method books aren't very clear on the "angle". Sure wish I'd known about the twanging and "buzzyness" of the strings before I paid $150...
by NutmegCT
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: July 25, 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 841

July 25, 2018

https://youtu.be/WPfed-ceqbI I would *greatly* appreciate hearing how I should handle the problems in the video above. 1 - I still find myself "hunting" for strings as I play. After a month of practicing "G chord" repetitions, then "C chord" repetitions, then "G chord C chord G chord C chord" repeti...
by NutmegCT
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Practice Video - Folie d'Espagne variée
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: Practice Video - Folie d'Espagne variée

Andy - that is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! I could swear you are playing a 16th century lute, from the mellow sounds you create.

And I'd never heard of Zither Ruth until now. Thanks for the reference.

As they say up in New Braunfels, Du bist ein ganz gut Zithermann!

Tom M.
by NutmegCT
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I am exhausted with this site.
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: I am exhausted with this site.

Good day Pete! You're at the point where I was over four years ago when I started trying to learn zither. There were times back in 2014 and 2015 when I'd post a question or a video - and absolutely no one would reply or comment. Man, talk about feeling isolated. That put me in the mind of "gee - why...