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by kenbloom
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: adding harmony
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Re: adding harmony

Hi Rudi, I guess my approach may be somewhat different from others with different backgrounds but I see nothing wrong with what you describe. I often tell my students "it's written on paper, not carved in stone". I think it's better to be able to play the piece and make it your own. In the Baroque a...
by kenbloom
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: ZITHER SUNDAY
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: ZITHER SUNDAY

Please send Ludwig my fondest regards. I think about him often and the wonderful help he gave me early on in my zither explorations.

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Harmonics on the Free Strings
Replies: 21
Views: 675

Re: Harmonics on the Free Strings

Hi Rudi, Yes we're talking about the same thing. We're just using different terms to name them. I never got my info for doing harmonics on the zither from zither books. I just transferred what I already knew and used from playing guitar, mostly using the octave and fifth harmonics as those are the e...
by kenbloom
Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Harmonics on the Free Strings
Replies: 21
Views: 675

Re: Harmonics on the Free Strings

I was simply making the point that where the right hand plucks the string makes a difference in how easily the harmonic sounds. Everyone else is addressing what the left hand does in lightly touching the node point of the string to get the particular harmonic required. You have to use both hands. Ho...
by kenbloom
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Harmonics on the Free Strings
Replies: 21
Views: 675

Re: Harmonics on the Free Strings

Here are a couple of tips to make sounding the harmonics a bit easier. You can use the 12th fret of your fingerboard as a guide for the closer accompaniment strings and you can then "guesstimate" the other octave locations by moving up a bit toward the luftresonance from there. You can often use an ...
by kenbloom
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: information on an old zither
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: information on an old zither

Beautiful old zither! Be careful with those tuning machines for the fingerboard. I would carefully remove them and clean and oil the gears so they work freely. Those ivory knobs can crack fairly easily if not afforded some care. With that string length you will want "concert zither" strings rather t...
by kenbloom
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Practice Video - Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Replies: 6
Views: 139

Re: Practice Video - Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

HI Andy, Your right hand looks great. I know what pain it is to keep that little finger from curling but it looks like you've got it! Congratulation. Now, all you have to do is to start using that little finger on some of the more distant bass and contra bass strings.That can give you some more inte...
by kenbloom
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Microphone: stand or mount
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Microphone: stand or mount

Hi Rudi, I've got a bunch of LIving History performances this month so I've mainly been working on bowed dulcimer and pipes. I'll get back to zither after all of this is over. November will be more restful. I have really been enjoying the new zither table with its increased bass response. I am a mer...
by kenbloom
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Microphone: stand or mount
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Microphone: stand or mount

That's what we all try to do for each other! Isn't it great we have this resource?

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Microphone: stand or mount
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Microphone: stand or mount

Hi Rudi, I've always used a boom stand, a condenser mike, with it pointed toward the fingerboard but away from the sound hole. Having a stand on the table itself risks extraneous. sounds coming through the mike. If I have enough equipment available I put on mike as described above and another one ov...