Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

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.

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.

carloman:

People often ask what has influenced the art of Carloman. Well, it can be narrowed down to one man: Peter Pringle. Carloman, however, is not even in the same class as Lord Pringle. We only hope to exist in his shadow and sustain ourselves by feasting on the crumbs that fall from the mouth of this giant.


Prepare to hear the story of BEOWULF as you have never heard it before. If a tear you do not shed, we suggest you immediately partake on a quest, one in which you may desperately hope to discover a SOUL.

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.

A demostration of various coups that can be performed using the tune Cypress (Chypre).

The basic technique for playing the coup gras (long coup) on the hurdy gurdy. This is not the only way to perform the coup but it the basic technique.

A basic technique for playing the coup in the number four position on the hurdy gurdy. This is not the only way to perform the coup but it the basic technique.

The basic technique for playing the coup in the number three position on the hurdy gurdy. This is not the only way to perform the coup but it the basic technique.

The basic technique for playing the coup in the number two position on the hurdy gurdy. This is not the only way to perform the coup but it the basic technique.

The basic technique for playing the coup in the number one position on the hurdy gurdy. This is not the only way to perform the coup but it shows the basic techniques.

A basic video on the position of the crank handle for the hurdy gurdy. This video is a quick video to show how to properly hold the handle for basic coup technique. It is not the only way to accomplish the coup but it is the basic technique.

First video in a tutorial series focusing on playing the trompette to achieve different rhythmic patterns.  Done without speech and only mime and the instrument.  Compelling watching and a great tutorial!

Hurdy-gurdy without words.  Compelling tutorial - without any spoken words - on playing the hurdy-gurdy in different modes with trompette.