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Bruce Bjork


From:
Southern Coast of Maine
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 12:19 pm     Reply with quote

My son's Finnish Folk trio (Hyvaa) played last night in Peabody, MA and had a guest musician playing a Nyckelharpa which reminded me of the PSG due to the finger pedals used to play melodies. This instrument has been used in Swedish folk music for over 400 years. 16 strings, four bowed strings and 12 chromatically tuned sympathetic stings underneath the bowed strings. The bowed strings act to vibrate the sympathetic strings in a most pleasant way. Here's a few samples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdRVbI2_fF8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpw6znlX7NY

The guest musician had just returned from Sweden and I told her I played PSG, she said PSG is very very popular in Scandinavia. She was visiting a musician there who's son had three pedal steel guitars and was waiting for another one from Colorado, I'm guessing a Mullen.
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Don Drummer


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West Virginia, USA
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 8:33 pm     Harpo pricise Reply with quote

I've never seen one. Thanks. The left hand fingerings look so effortless. What is the mechanism? I'll look it up.
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Nic Neufeld


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Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 8 Dec 2017 8:37 am     Reply with quote

I discovered these a few years ago and have been very fascinated by them. Here's a great adaptation of Bach:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs3aUCM8BX8

As a sitarist/surbaharist, I have always been a sucker for sympathetic strings. When everything is in tune just right, you have this ringing ambience much like reverb, but a specifically -in tune- reverb. For steel guitarists who want in on that kind of thing, get yourself a mohan veena, or hansa veena:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlXky33om1w
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