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by Andy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: How did you get started?
Replies: 15
Views: 1416

Re: How did you get started?

I suppose I’ll start, but I still feel very much like a new kid in class. 
 Back in November on a trip home to visit my family, my Grandmother gave me her fathers zither. He got it back in Germany when he was young and played all his life. I had heard them talk about it many times growing up, but ha...
by Andy
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Ilse Harris Zither Teaching Method
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Ilse Harris Zither Teaching Method

Hey Tom,

My mistake, it is actually labeled 'First Stage'. It spells out exactly how your fingers should walk the frets, and the ascending / descending C-Major scale. I downloaded the PDF from the learning section of this site, it is pages 4 and 5 in there.

- Andy
by Andy
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Ilse Harris Zither Teaching Method
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Ilse Harris Zither Teaching Method

Pete, I purchased a copy of Isles book as well a few months back. It definitely has some great insights, proper finger positioning, and I really like that it has the chord charts for the fretboard at the end of the book. Though that may be a bit advanced, I am glad it's spelled out somewhere. I’ll t...
by Andy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Beginner Video - Tom M.
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: Beginner Video - Tom M.

Tom, It applies to the accompaniment too, take a look at your lesson #26 in Darr. Starting from measure one of the accompaniment, it is basically written G-Major chord, D-Major chord, C-Major chord, G-Major chord, except they’re broken up into repeating patterns of bass, accompaniment chord, accompa...
by Andy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Beginner Video - Tom M.
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: Beginner Video - Tom M.

Hey Tom, Good progress! I know it feels like a struggle but don’t give up! It definitely seems like playing standing would be more difficult than playing sitting, but at the end of the day it comes down to being comfortable. There are a few videos of people playing standing, but it definitely doesn’...
by Andy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Builders
Topic: Zither tables?
Replies: 19
Views: 1683

Re: Zither tables?

Good morning! I think you may find that a lot of the Zither tables are a bit low. I’ll let one of the experts here speak more to it, but I’ve found when playing, it is beneficial to have the instrument lower, closer to your lap. You want gravity on your side, arms sloping slightly downwards towards ...
by Andy
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Tell me your "my first zither" story!
Replies: 13
Views: 1452

Re: Tell me your "my first zither" story!

Welcome aboard!

To echo Toms sentiment, I look forward to hearing all about your learning adventures. It is a fun instrument and has been incredibly challenging. Also please share some pictures of your Zithers once you’ve received them and have started your restoration!

- Andy
by Andy
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Chords are Hard!
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Chords are Hard!

Hey all, I was curious about how you would play some of these dyads I am seeing. For example, here in ‘Der treue Husar’, the very first dyad is E and G. These exist on the same string, I am confused about how you would form this. The next one, E and A seems to make sense, I assume E on the D string ...
by Andy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Chords are Hard!
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Chords are Hard!

I feel like I’ve spent the past three weeks playing this little tune, tripping over my fingers and cursing like a sailor, but it’s finally starting to sound like something. Take away from this lesson: Chords require confident fingers, and confident fingers require practice, practice, practice. Also,...
by Andy
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Question about Treble vs Octave Clef
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Question about Treble vs Octave Clef

Think I may have stumbled on the answer to my own question, is the Octave clef only written at the beginning of the piece and is just assumed to be there for the rest, seems to be a theme in the book!