Hey thanks Randy for starting a thread.
Heck, I've only had it about two days and we've been doing various other stuff so I haven;t been able to paractice it as much as I'd like yet, but getting some practice in today.
Here's a good example of a simple tunes played on a jouhikko:
It will take me many months before I can play something that well!
So how's it going. You luvin' it? Is it what you thought it was gonna be?
I'ts not easy- very challenging. Mostly because you are frettin the string in mid air, no frets or fingerboard to guide you. Also bowing is an art in itself and takes a LONG time to get decent. I'm sounding very scratchy and very out of tune- as I expected! It is what I thought it would be, perhaps a tad quieter than I thought, but then it's got horsehair strings, not steel fiddle strings. a nice 'chewy' textured sound.
<Are you taking to it like a duck to water?.. : ).....Are you having fun? Is it hard to play? Do you like the sound? >>>
It's GREAT fun, but not something I can just slip into doing- will take much work, but I kind of knew that going in. Yes, i love the sound, and as you know I love drones. The bowing is what will be the greatest challenge.
<How do you pronounce it? Is it a well made instrument? What type of songs are you going to play?>>>
Pronounced YOO-hee-koh. It's a very simple instrument, not refined like a guitar. Sturdy and wll put together, but primitive, like it was designed to be. (The other one that's almost done will be a little more delicate and refined).
Best suited for simple older folk tunes and some medieval tunes. Played in either major or minor. It uses only 6 notes in the scale, so the tunes must be very simple. On this one, the middle string is a low drone below the tonic note, a fifth. So this one is tuned to key of A and the low drone is an E.
My other one coming soon will be strung and tuned differently and will be played in G. It's low drone string will be on the top side rather than the middle.
<Any one else have/play one of these?>>>
Pristine (Richard) has one from this same maker- I think he got it a year and a half ago, but I don't know if he's been playing it much.
<Can't wait to hear you play these.>>>
Believe me, you can wait.
Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990