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by Andy
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Thumb Pick Force
Replies: 17
Views: 1248

Re: Thumb Pick Force

Ask and you shall receive: https://youtu.be/csR-Zq9Vjtg And please pile on all the feedback. If I'm doing something wrong I'd rather know and fix it. Video is without the pick. I spent yesterday playing around with the pick some more, its getting easier, I think I just threw myself off track a bit b...
by Andy
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Thumb Pick Force
Replies: 17
Views: 1248

Re: Thumb Pick Force

Hey Nutmeg! When I say "play the strings together without the pick", I mean plucking the melody and pulling the accompaniment at the same time. The reason seems to be that it equalizes the amount of force your thumb and fingers are exerting. With the pick, the melody string requires significantly le...
by Andy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Thumb Pick Force
Replies: 17
Views: 1248

Thumb Pick Force

Hey everyone! I was wondering about how much force, or lack there of, you should be striking the strings with the pick. I have found that as I am starting to introduce the accompaniment into one of these melodies, it is much easier to play the strings together without the pick, because it eliminates...
by Andy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Great Grandfathers Zither
Replies: 9
Views: 1568

Re: Great Grandfathers Zither

Rudy, I had been paging through several books and videos during the time the Zither was being repaired. I had not touched a musical instrument since I was in middle school, so study in the down time has been a lot of re-learning how written music and stringed instruments work (I played the clarinet)...
by Andy
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Great Grandfathers Zither
Replies: 9
Views: 1568

Re: Great Grandfathers Zither

Evening everyone, I just wanted to share a follow up picture. I found a shop here in Austin that did some repairs and cleaned up the Zither. It now has a fresh set of strings and I have spent the last week getting acquainted with how it all works. My fingers are killing me, but so far so good. - Andy
by Andy
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Music Scans
Replies: 0
Views: 789

Music Scans

Hello again!

I have started the process of scanning this old sheet music. Here are the first three that I have gotten through, more to come later on. If these are too large, or should be posted somewhere else, please let me know and I will be happy to accommodate.

- Andy
by Andy
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Great Grandfathers Zither
Replies: 9
Views: 1568

Re: Great Grandfathers Zither

Thank you both for replying so quickly! I wish I were closer to either of you, unfortunately I live in Austin TX (will update profile to reflect).

- Andy
by Andy
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Great Grandfathers Zither
Replies: 9
Views: 1568

Great Grandfathers Zither

Hello everyone, I know more about the personal history of this instrument than I do the instrument itself. I know it was acquired somewhere around Siegen, Germany sometime in the early 1900s. There are two stickers on the inside, one (the original I assume?) I can only half make out, the second was ...
by Andy
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello Everyone!
Replies: 0
Views: 620

Hello Everyone!

Hello folks, My name Andy. Recently, my Grandmother gave me my Great-Grandfathers concert Zither. According to my family, he acquired the Zither back in Siegen when he was in school (~1910?) and brought it to the States when he immigrated before World War 2. I am currently in the process of having i...