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Swedish ‘Keyed Fiddle’ is a work of art
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KindaScratchy
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July 30, 2015 - 10:04 pm
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From The Tennessean:

When my musician friend Patton James called me and said, “John there is a friend of mine that is visiting me from Sweden. He plays something called the nyckelharpa. I have never heard or seen any instrument like this. It is amazing.”

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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There was a guy (Mats Wester) that played this instrument with Joe Bonamassa at the Vienna Opera House (an acoustic evening)

You can see him in this video   (bald guy on the right side as you look at them)

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Thanks for sharing that video, @AnnyJ . There was a really interesting mix of instruments in that video.

The nyckelharpa looks like such a complex instrument with so many strings and keys. Though, on the plus side, with the keys the player doesn't have to worry about intonation like with a conventional violin or other fretless/keyless instrument. Might be worth a try someday.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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It wasn't the best video, but since he is selling his performances on DVD, he doesn't give too much on youtube. I just remembered seeing it on PBS, your post post sparked the memory.

 

The instrument is really neat! I wonder if you can only buy them in Sweden.

 

I don't think I could deal with that many strings, I have a hard enough time with 4. dazed

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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