Great! (tho I missed it as I was asleep...... ) Sounds as if you have mastered tuning techniques then Macy !
Just figured out Braham's Lullaby on my kantele!
Wow that has a bunch of strings! Sounded pretty.
Sounds cool Wendy. I like Mary had a Little Lamb
Our own fotmd member Michael King has a bunch of wonderful kantele videos on youtube:
Michael made my beautiful tagelharpa.
Thank you all for the encouragement as well as the very technical responses. Hain't nothin but a relaxin, strummin machine to me ya'll, kind of like a computer machine near a ce-ment pond;)
Macy Jane, that's cool!
Macy, that's a beautiful sounding kantele- the tone is so resonant and lovely! And it looks so beautiful too.
Do you have ideas for what music you will be playing on it?
I bought these kantele music books to use for playing my 3 stringed jouhikko/tagelharpa:
the home site has lots of good info and links: http://www.kantelemusic.com/
Jeremy, I confess that you've completely scrambled my poor brain .
A more practical way of looking at it is in how they are played, raising the strings off the soundboard allows the harpist to get a hand on either side, zithers you only get to play one side.
Looking at the wiki posted earlier it seems concert instruments use semitone levers, which is very much a harp thing.
Phil - harps have the strings coming out at right angles to the sound box, where zithers (psalteries are a type of zither) and lyres and dulcimers of both types have the strings running across the surface of the soundbox.
That's really neat!
I think the sound of that. are they related to the Harp?