Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

The hurdy-gurdy keyboard

Jon Steel has published a handy overview of the correct tunings of the G/C and D/G hurdy-gurdies and the corresponding notes on the keyboard.  See here.

More cotton (this time in Italian)
Another nice YouTube video on applying cotton to the strings.  This time in Italian, although the video is clear and so understanding the language is not essential for following the technique.

Applying rosin to the wheel
Everything you need to know about applying rosin to your hurdy-gurdy - and the symptoms of having too much and too little.  Another super video by fahnreich.

Changing the cotton (in costume)
Another video clip showing how to change the cotton on a hurdy-gurdy.  This time in period costume and overdubbed on a German video.  Taken from a chapter of the DVD “Learning to play the hurdy-gurdy” by Ina Lemm. See also: www.hurdy-gurdy-music.com. Including the music “Der Fuggerin Tanz” by Neusiedler.

Changing cotton on your hurdy-gurdy
Excellent video from Neil Brook (hurdy gurdy luthier) on how to correctly change the cotton on the strings of your hurdy-gurdy.

The care and feeding of your volksgurdy

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

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.

Hurdy-gurdy building.

Hurdy-gurdy building.

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.

The Hurdy-Gurdy Adjustment and Maintenance.

The Hurdy-Gurdy Adjustment and Maintenance.
Philippe Destrem and Volker Heidemann.  1993.  Collection AMTA.  ISBN 2-9507682-0-2. 

In German, French and English.  An excellent guide to the adjustment and maintenance of the hurdy-gurdy and a must for any instrument owner.