The care and feeding of your volksgurdy.
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.
Hurdy-gurdy maintenance DVD
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.
Learning to play the hurdy-gurdy
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.
D/G hurdy-gurdy tutor
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.
G/C hurdy-gurdy tutor.
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.
Nice video for beginners on basic playing tips, such as how to turn the handle, how to hold it correctly, synchronizing wheel turns with the notes,etc. This is a chapter from the DVD by Ina Lemm - see www.hurdy-gurdy-music.com. Includes the music “Springtanz” by Michael Praetorius.
Advice on the correct posture for holding the hurdy-gurdy. Part of the DVD “Learning to play the hurdy-gurdy” by Ina Lemm. See www.hurdy-gurdy-music.com for more details. Includes the music Danza do caminho, Spain, 12 Century.