Darr exercise 16

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Musicmaker
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Darr exercise 16

Post by Musicmaker » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:10 am

Well... 5 months into this....
Its my best! So far.
It is a terribly hard instrument to play.
I know what it is supposed to sound like....its just the frustrations of making it happen.
Maybe one day!
Pete
https://youtu.be/1sc8J6rK2Ag

Here are a few scales I have learnt with a few additives of mine.
Pete
https://youtu.be/Oq5QLAh7t_M

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Re: Darr exercise 16

Post by NutmegCT » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:10 am

Hi Pete - I'm struggling with #16 myself.

Something I notice from your overhead-camera video angle: your left thumb is
held away from the strings. Take a look at some other zitherists - they keep the left hand thumb very close to, or even directly over, the A strings. That way they don't have to twist their hand to play thumb notes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acsnaLCTPSk

Also seems the Kerschbams' zithers are more angled to the body; the lower right corner is pointing more toward their stomach area.

What zither are you using now? Framus? Meinel? (and what happened to that sad, sad Schuster?)

Tom M.
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Re: Darr exercise 16

Post by Musicmaker » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:05 pm

Hi Tom.
Thanks for your good advice.
Yes....I do try to keep my left thumb over the strings.
It always naturally wants to hide and get away . Sometimes in the vid you will see me suddenly relocate it to where it should be.
I must try to keep it over the A strings.
Funny you mention the Schuster.
I dug it out yesterday , took some pics and posted them to this forum.
I posted them under ARE THESE ZITHERS ANY GOOD?
It is only fit for the dustbin.
I play the Framus now as the strings for the Meinel have not arrived yet.
Pete

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