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Introduction: nyckelharpa
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vikjohn

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November 28, 2023 - 11:09 am
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Hi! I've been working on the nyckelharpa for a couple of years. My cousins in Sweden found one and mailed it to me!! I had some restoration done and absolutely love it. Mine was built by Erik Olsson in 1975, it is a fiddle harpa. It is tuned just like a violin. I played a bit of Irish fiddle in a session each week, now I take my NH. There are no players around me so I watch a lot of youtube videos. I wish there was someone to play with in this area!! Anyway, this is an introduction to the group ... so glad I'm here. V

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@vikjohn -

Welcome to the Forum! 

Really glad you joined us! 

I LOVE the haunting sound of a Nyckelharpa, but I only have a 5-string acoustic/electric Violin & a 5-string Viola... actually, I'm expecting a 6-string violin in a few days! 

I've learned some beautiful tunes just because I heard them played on Nyckelharpa, but I can understand it would be much easier to have one tuned like a fiddle - to play fiddle music.  Funny, I just saw Mark Korven play an 'Octaveharpa' in a YouTube video last week!  It is HUGE. (lol)

Nyckelharpa has always looked (to me) like a much more comfortable instrument to play, compared to the fiddle - is it?

How long does it take you to tune all your strings? 

Think you'll fit right in here!!! 

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November 28, 2023 - 12:02 pm
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Welcome to the forum, @vikjohn. I just sent you a Welcome Email with important forum information.

Thank you for the introduction. After you get permission for posting videos and photos, you'll have to post a video or photo if your instrument. Right now, that is bot allowed, but it will be soon. 😁 Info is in your welcome email.  

Maybe, you will get more interest in your instrument after people have seen and heard it. 

Are there a lot of members who play with you in your session? Do you all play to an audience? It is neat that you are using the nyckelharpa with the group.

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vikjohn

Welcome to the forum. 

Mark

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November 29, 2023 - 3:00 pm
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vikjohn said
Hi! I've been working on the nyckelharpa for a couple of years. My cousins in Sweden found one and mailed it to me!! I had some restoration done and absolutely love it. Mine was built by Erik Olsson in 1975, it is a fiddle harpa. It is tuned just like a violin. I played a bit of Irish fiddle in a session each week, now I take my NH. There are no players around me so I watch a lot of youtube videos. I wish there was someone to play with in this area!! Anyway, this is an introduction to the group ... so glad I'm here. V

  

Welcome to our forum V,

I lived in Sweden for 20 years. Was a concertmaster in Gävleborg Symfoniorkester for 4 years and a section leader in Malmö Symfoniorkester for 16 years. :)

Had friends and acquaintances that played the Nyckelharp. Hope that you are enjoying this journey. Looking forward to reading your posts.

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