DVD guide from Olympic Musical instruments provided with their new instruments, but also available separately, that describes basic maintenance techniques such as cottoning, applying rosin and tuning. I’ve not seen it - but their website warns that the sound quality is poor and video technique regrettable, but the information is sound. Available here.
Over 90 minutes long and split into 26 chapters, this dvd covers just all the important aspects of maintenance. With the help of this, players should get a better understanding of how the instrument works and how to get and maintain the best quality sound from their hurdy-gurdy. Available from Neil Brook here.
DVD multimedia course published in 2010 with over 70 films featuring tuition on how to set up the instrument, playing the trompette and a variety of duets and other tunes to learn. All set in period costume in the Veldenz castle. Available here.
This double dvd follows almost every stage of the construction of a guitar bodied hurdy-gurdy as it progresses and gives a useful insight into the sequence of operations and processes used. Included are many “tricks of the trade” which may be invaluable to anyone building a first hurdy-gurdy. Available from Neil Brook here.
This dvd sets out to demonstrate the basic skills needed to play the instrument with particular emphasis on the French dance repertoire in D-G Bourbonnais tuning. It is split up into sections which deal with each of the common rhythms and has a few simple tunes for each along with close up analysis of fingering patterns and the trompette. Available from Neil Brook here.
Over 90 minutes long, this dvd sets out to demonstrate the basic skills needed to play the instrument. It is split up into sections which deal with each of the common rhythms and has a few simple tunes for each along with close up analysis of fingering patterns and the trompette. Available from Neil Brook here.
Available online for £19 from Richard Haynes Music Services in pdf format (61 pages), he describes this as follows: “Principe pour toucher de la Vielle was published in 1741 (Paris) and is thus the earliest of the major methods. This edition follows the pattern of the Bouin in having complete parallel texts (French to English) and in-line musical examples transposed into modern clef and clearly laid out. The original includes 6 large sonatas that are of doubtful viability and these very dense 34 pages are not included. However, as a special feature of this work, where Dupuit’s text has a movement by movement analysis of how the pieces are to be played I have included thematic examples into the body of the translation in order that the maximum possible education can be gained from Dupuit’s remarks. The provision of this context makes the of the remarks far more easy to understand. The original text is prohibitively difficult to read through primitive printing and fading.”
Available online for £29 from Richard Haynes Music Services in pdf format (109 pages), he describes this as follows: “La Vielleuse Habile (The Skilful Hurdy-Gurdy Player) is the largest and most comprehensive of the 18th century French methods. It was originally published in 1761 in Paris. The edition that I have created is a complete transcription and translation (French to English) of the major pedagogical section i.e. All the text in English and French and the musical examples. The edition is laid out as a more or less parallel text so that the reader has the option of attempting a better reading of the occasionally very awkward French. Musical examples that in the original are widely separated from the text appear here within the body of the text and , whereas in the original they are written on the French violin clef they have here been transposed and clearly laid out in the normal treble clef. The original text comprises, in principle, of 3 parts: pedagogical text; 44 lessons; and 2 Suites in C and G comprising in excess of 70 pieces. This edition is the pedagogical section only.”
Bouin: 44 lessons.
Available online for £6 from Richard Haynes Music Services in pdf format, this is the second part of the previous book, containing the 44 lessons (15 pages).
Useful information on choosing, setting up and maintaining the hurdy-gurdy, then take you through playing it. It starts with learning the keyboard, then adds the trompette and gradually takes you through increasingly complex rhythms and fingering. Loads of exercises and pieces of music to play. Now only available directly from the authors - email@example.com. See the book’s websitehere for more information on content, reviews and ordering.
Page 31 The right hand 1) the base of the thumb 2) the first joint of the thumb 3) the tips of the 1st and 2nd fingers 4) the side of the ring finger. Correction. Line 3 should read ‘the tip of the 2nd finger.’
I don’t know how two fingers crept into the script, but there really isn’t room for two and one finger is quite adequate. The first finger has no function.
With regard to the first stroke there is a school of playing which starts with the first joint of the thumb and ends with the base of the thumb.
Page 52. The regular three-stroke It starts with the first stroke in line with the tail-piece, while the two following strokes are made at the strap buttons, the three points making a triangle.
Page 36. Lesson 2 the regular two-stroke It is difficult to give definition to this stroke with the arm only, so you should help it with a quick and light movement of the finger tip, drawing it inward as in closing the hand.
Page 46,7,8. The first & 2nd irregular three-stroke and regular 4-stroke The 3rd stroke should be given with a finger tip nudge as above.