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Swedish ‘Keyed Fiddle’ is a work of art
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KindaScratchy
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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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Old thread - but was investigating the nyckelharpa (errrr, no, not that I'm going to get one!) - cool performance on an interesting instrument !!!!  Dang, you even get vibrato... (ish...) and stopped harmonics.... -  Enjoy !

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@BillyG said

(errrr, no, not that I'm going to get one!)

You said that about rosin!

Interesting instrument. It is neat to see, but even if I had the money, not for me. I didn’t care for the sound it produced, or the constant clicking noise from the keys or levers. It may be the music selection, too. You know me and “busy” music, just sounds like noise to me. I gravitate to clearer purer note sounds.

But, that said, I am so glad you posted it because I do like seeing these, to me, odd instruments. Who, and how can, anyone think these things up?

That question reminds me of a conversation I had with my younger daughter yesterday. I mentioned that I had sent my older granddaughter a postcard with stickers inside (a weekly thing) the day before and included Halloween stickers to get her in the mood. My daughter said that was good. Then she said this older daughter of hers (3) had changed her clothes four times getting ready for day care. She selects whatever she wants, mismatched socks, whatever she wants. She told her mama she wanted a dress that twirls a LOT (she always accents that word) My daughter picked one that would do that but my granddaughter didn’t think that was a good one. Then my daughter remembered she had just washed some and they were not put in the closet yet, so out they went to the laundry area. My granddaughter selected her “rainbow” dress, her favorite. She loves rainbows. Well, my daughter said that she had just put the same one on this granddaughter’s little sister, so they were going as twins.

Well, that got me thinking, I said to my daughter that she should dress up older granddaughter as a rainbow and her little sister as a pot of gold for Halloween. She said that would be cute. Then she told me about this conversation from a few days earlier:

Granddaughter: I would like (little sister name 1 1/3 yrs old) and I to be rainbow unicorns for Halloween.

Mama: That is a good idea. Here is another idea to think about, you can be a rainbow unicorn and (little sis) can be a rainbow fox.

Granddaughter: I want to be a rainbow fox unicorn and (little sis name) can be a rainbow fox unicorn, too!”

Then my granddaughter went into detail, right on the spot, of how that would be accomplished. What parts would be fox and what parts would be unicorn. Came up with a rainbow fox unicorn how-to idea right on the spot. 

Maybe, these ideas come up by conversations with others, or in your own mind, and just combining the different thoughts.

Maybe the inventor played an accordion, and a fiddle and wanted to play them at the same time. The keys on the side, even though they look more like piano keys and actually do same thing sort of, associated with an accordion more to me. I don’t know, but it is certainly odd.

BillyG, you should invent an instrument. Yep, get your juices flowing and come up with an instrument, but one many people could learn. The one above looks complicated.

Can you imagine stringing and tuning that thing? Can you imagine buying the strings? The practical thinking! LOL

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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@cid 

Your granddaughters sound like typical girls.  I raised four girls myself.  

"What are little girls made of?"
"What are little girls made of?"
Sugar and spice"
And everything nice"
"That's what little girls are made of"

- Pete -

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@Pete_Violin Yep! But they have just enough “snakes and snails and puppy dog tails” to make it a little interesting.

Their mom and dad planted some milkweed so the older one (younger one is a little young to understand this) can watch the caterpillars turn into they monarch butterflies. They have 14 of them that she goes out and counts every day. Sometimes there are fewer, but they reappear on the plant later. We did that every day with her when we were visiting. I brought her little sister with us a couple times, but she had no idea what we were looking at, she did try to look, though. It was funny, one milkweed of the two died and they went over to the other milkweed that is thriving.

Upon seeing the video above, posted by @BillyG, the next time we visit, I want to bring a few things with me, and see if my older granddaughter and I can come up with some kind of instrument. That would be neat.

Another thanks to you for that video, BillyG. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Probably would need a luthier on retainer.

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GregW said
Probably would need a luthier on retainer.

  

Correction mate - should be "Probably would need a luthier on steroids."

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You got that right, BillyG.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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BillyG said

GregW said

Probably would need a luthier on retainer.

  

Correction mate - should be "Probably would need a luthier on steroids."

drummer

  

roflol

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BillyG,

Thanks for posting that!

Very cool instrument, I have never seen one like that before, I enjoyed his perfomance.

Mark

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cid said .....

Interesting instrument. It is neat to see, but even if I had the money, not for me. I didn’t care for the sound it produced, or the constant clicking noise from the keys or levers. It may be the music selection, too. You know me and “busy” music, just sounds like noise to me. I gravitate to clearer purer note sounds.

@cid - sorry - missed your response earlier.  But yes me too - the clicks and clacks are distracting and evident, unlike the "hiss of the bow hair over a violin/viola/cello which really only the performer can hear.   I'm trying to get a word or phrase that fits - I don't mean "it's Heath Robinson" by any means - well perhaps somewhat... the phrase escapes me for now.....

And as for the "rainbow fox unicorn" outfit - oh yeah, I get that !  exactly

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Maybe the clicking gets picked yp by the mics and not apparent to audiences? But it would bother me using it, too.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Indeed @cid - fair point !   Mind you, I guess it adds a small percussive-effect to the performance LOL

[ Ha, I shouldn't laugh about it - ages ago during one of our StreetJelly shows, I was playing, and Toni (@coolpinkone) wrote something in the chat text area as to "What's that thumping sound, anyone else hear it?"  @Barry responds "Oh, that's just bill tapping his feet while he's playing!"   ROFL ]

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That is funny, but that would add to it for me, especially if it was “join in, good time” fiddle music, a human reaction, not mechanical clacking. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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I was curious about the strings so I googled “strings for nyckelharpa:

Strings For Nyckelharpa

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A bit complicated.

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but the one who needs the least."

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