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by Andy
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Question about Staccato
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Question about Staccato

Hey all, I've been slowly working through the next lesson in the Volksümliche book. This one has marks for playing notes staccato. Just to sanity check, what is the proper way to play staccato? It seems like you would just lift the finger fretting the note, but keep touching the string to silence it...
by Andy
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein

Ken, Thank you! Thats really good feedback. The little fingers have been a struggle for sure. I’ve given up hope on the left one, it has a mind on of its own. The right one though, I may be able to exert some control over it with practice. Tom, Good eye! It is a different zither. I’ve been playing m...
by Andy
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein

Hey folks,

Been about a year now and I’m still at it. Wanted to share where I’m at with you all. I really enjoyed this exercise, I find myself humming it sometimes.

https://youtu.be/1c9Hxt9R_Lo

- Andy
by Andy
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Newbie; The Journey Begins!
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Newbie; The Journey Begins!

Welcome! That is a beautiful instrument! You’re very fortunate to have found such a nice zither to start learning on. I would recommend checking out Keyes Scales earlier than later in addition to whatever instruction book you decide to work out of. It can be found on the site. Good to have another n...
by Andy
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Zitherists
Topic: Aloha 'Oe
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: Aloha 'Oe

Hey folks, I’ve been working on putting some of the older zither music I have into MuseScore so I can convert them from treble clef to bass clef. It also makes it easy to print the older music and keep it all in one binder. I decided to plug Aloha Oe in the other day to see what it sounds like and t...
by Andy
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Builders
Topic: Zithers by John Roeder
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Zithers by John Roeder

Petty instruments!

I can't even imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into actually creating one of these. I'm curious though. On the Klavierboden model, the braces on the bottom, are they for amplification or for support? This is the first Zither I've seen with them.

- Andy
by Andy
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Humidty Control
Replies: 12
Views: 1933

Re: Humidty Control

Happy New Years Everyone! Earlier in December, during a long practice session with the heat on, all of the strings on my Wünsche went flat. I decided then to take the advice of the forum and turned my office into a humidity controlled music room. I’ve put in a hygrometer, room humidifier and case hu...
by Andy
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Humidifiers
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Humidifiers

Thanks Bill, good time of year for a lesson on humidity control. What humidity level do you all try to keep your Zither at? I was reading that acoustic guitars are best around 40 - 50%, do those values apply here as well?

- Andy
by Andy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Bergfee Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 826

Re: Bergfee Strings

Morning! I've ordered two sets of Bergfee strings from Amazon and they've been great. I started with the Red Labels but after reading here about tension, I ended up switching over to the Green Labels. The sound is indistinguishable to me, but someone with a better ear than I may think differently. -...
by Andy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Newish Horst Wünsche
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: Newish Horst Wünsche

Morning Tom! It seems like the fretted strings don’t require quite as much force to achieve good sound. What stood out the most to me was the Bb on the A string. The strings themselves are the same on both instruments. I think the issue comes down to some wear on the fret, I had to press the string ...