Anyone in UK

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zitherman1962
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Anyone in UK

Post by zitherman1962 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:08 am

Hello! I am in the UK (Gateshead) and trying to find any other zither players in the UK - seems we are virtually non-existent!
I got my first zither, a Jean Wero, a couple of years ago but it needed too much restoration work so bought a 1920s Bohemian instrument last year and have been trying to learn since then. I can get a tune out of it and, for a non-string player think am doing okay but it would be great to find someone else who could show me things.
Richard

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Re: Anyone in UK

Post by NutmegCT » Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:55 pm

Hi Richard. Until someone more knowledgeable checks in, you might try the Goethe Institute up in Glasgow. I think they're closer to you than in the South.

https://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/en/sta/gla.html

+44 141 3322555
info@glasgow.goethe.org
http://www.goethe.de/glasgow

They're likely to have contacts with German folk music groups, one of which may know of zither players.

All good wishes,
Tom M.

zitherman1962
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Re: Anyone in UK

Post by zitherman1962 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:27 pm

Thanks for that, Tom, I certainly will try them. A friend nearby, who speaks German, has translated a lot of German stuff about zithers for me and that has been a great help too
Richard

Evelyn
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Re: Anyone in UK

Post by Evelyn » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:21 am

Hello Richard

You are not the only zither player in the UK - here is another one - but surely there have got to be more in this country. I am unfortunately not located anywhere near Gateshead, but nevertheless very happy to help if I can.

Evelyn

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Re: Anyone in UK

Post by quincemothman » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:11 am

Hi Richard, you are not alone. ( I thought I was ) I have been teaching my self the zither for nearly two years. I've started too late to ever play as well as I play my other instruments ( I'm now 68 ) guitar, harp guitar, Irish tenor banjo, chord zithers. However, I've achieved more learning the zither than I expected I would so I can't complain. I play easy pieces mostly waltzes that I have learned from books I've found and also from watching YouTube. The main problem for me is the finger pressure needed to fret the strings without any buzzing as the fingerboard is quite unforgiving, you have to place your fingers very precisely with a fair amount of pressure. I have lowered the action with a very slightly thinner bridge which has helped a lot. I have three zithers, two Horst Wunsche and a perfekter zither by Anton Brauer which is being restored by Horst Wunsche. Horst Wunsche are very good as they will sell you a zither without payment and you pay them after you receive it through your online bank. (cool) Its the same when you buy strings from them. Checkout their website. I live in Newport, South Wales. Give me a reply if you have any questions. Good luck. Gareth.

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