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Perhaps try exaggerating it...that's what I do. Say, make a series of d notes on the a string with your 2nd finger, such as dah dah da! When you come to the staccato, as your thumb strikes the string, simultaneously depress the note a little harder and release (but not off the string as Evelyn has p...
- Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:18 pm
- Forum: Learning
- Topic: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein
- Replies: 4
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Hi Andy, The right hand pinky is generally found to be a nuisance in the beginning. Some resort to rubber bands in an attempt to tame it, to keep it from waving about or curling up. You may want to try using your 4th and 5th together when pulling the bass strings. This does not limit you in any way ...
- Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:23 pm
- Forum: History
- Topic: One of the last letters from Schwarzer Zither factory
- Replies: 3
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Thanks for posting this. I have two of Albert Hesses's letters, dated ten years prior, but only one side of the conversation.
Hi Folks, sharing this note and photos sent by John Roeder. The first three photos are the model I built in 2015. The next three are the model with the piano bottom ( Klavierboden) that I built during 2016-2018. Both have a Decke / Top of Canadian Cedar with French Polish as a finish. The Klavierbod...
- Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:22 pm
- Forum: Zither Makers and Models
- Topic: Franz Schwarzer Model 17
- Replies: 1
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From the maker's catalog: Franz Schwarzer Style “A” Standard Model, 32 strings Length of fingerboard from first to last fret, 13 1/4 inches. No. 17 - Imitation rosewood top; side polished black; bottom dull black finish; wood purflings inlaid around sound hole and edge of top; German silver frets; p...
- Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:22 pm
- Forum: Repairs and Restorations
- Topic: Tuning; arrrgh.
- Replies: 3
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The intonation of my Johann Jobst is pretty well right on at the open, 5th or 7th frets. Just curious, have you compared the string height of your instruments, at various frets along each fretboard? The following tips are courtesy of Andreas Spohn. PROBLEM - Tuning is not true to frets POSSIBLE CAUS...