Hardanger Fiddle

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  • #52765
    rodger
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    This is unique.  It has 4 or sometimes 5 strings under the playing strings whose purpose is only to resonate.  He mentions at least 9 different traditional tunings.  To me it’s an acquired sound quality.  Definitely interesting, beautiful instrument.

    #52766
    cricket
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    I think it’s the same thing as used to play “Me and My Fiddle,” isn’t it?

    #52767
    cricket
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    I mean, maybe sorta…

    #52769
    rodger
    rodger
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    No, it’s different.  all the strings on Michaels fiddle go on top the bridge and are played.  On the Hardanger the extra strings are under the bridge and only resonate with the harmonics…they aren’t played.

    Wow…Michael again!  I can’t understand why they don’t have some pro’s doing the filming with good equipment and get these event’s for posterity.  So many of the really great performances, just like with Randy Howard, the quality of the video could be much better.  There will always be great players, but not all these events will be duplicated for sure.  One thing that can never be duplicated is the awe & wonder of the other musicians backing him up.

    #52770
    cricket
    cricket
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    They came to the local library and played a free concert ( free to public…I’m sure library paid)… I got there early and looked at the mic setup then sat in the first seat directly in front of him.  They played that one too…made the same jokes…but it was really funny.  His playing blew me totally away.  Yeah…I see now though the strings are sympathetic drones on the Hardanger.   I wonder if they both came from the sane idea?   Sorta?

    #52778

    At airport in Finland now, send a link with Fanitullen and a Hardangerfiddle:) Welknown tune🎶🎻

     

    I see now Rodger find it at my another post.

    this is another tune Kjempe Jo = Gigant Jo. Played by Ann Bjørg Lien

     

    #52779

    Hardangerfiddle also was forbidden in old age, cause they think it was linked to the devil and was the devils instrument! Happy it secretly keep liveing.

    Fanitullen = Devils tune

     

    Little about Hardangerfiddle:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardanger_fiddle?wprov=sfti1

    #52784
    cricket
    cricket
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    Some people in my neck if the woods thought the fiddle was linked to the devil too…crazy.  I think that’s how they got to singing the words to Back Up and Push…lyrics saying there is good in the fiddle…lol.  Crazy how those kinda ideas get going and sometimes become oppressive and used to stop people from having good innocent fun.

    #52785
    cricket
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    #52794

    John Cockman
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    Folks around here still jokingly refer to the fiddle as the “Devil’s Box,” going back to a time when the fiddle was banned in some local communities.

    The Hardanger fiddle is quite an amazing invention.

    #52856

    So fiddleplayers always been loved but also scared and hated by the people in power! Maybe because the people dance, enjoy, smile, laught and follow the magic from the fiddle 🤠🎶🎻

    #52858
    cricket
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    That’s it, Boerge!  Fiddlers just have way to much power to make people feel good!

    #53208

    Well Rodger, now I have projects This fall and winter 🙂

    Start preapare my dearest a Hardanger fiddle, but have to Wait cause a Ok one cost ca 2500 USD

     

     

    #53213
    rodger
    rodger
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    Definitely a challenge Boerge…we could work on this music 24 hours a days and still be behind…hard to decide where to focus our limited time & energy…& every time we add something new to the mix (like a Hardanger) it only gets more challenging!   For me the recording/software learning curve  is also adding to the challenges…

    #53246
    cricket
    cricket
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    I’d love to get one of those Hardangers one if these days…looks so cool.  I’m still waiting for the day I can order a pocket-cello-bowed dulcimer from Kenneth, ummm…forgot his name right now, down in Pilot Mt. NC, where the great musicians are born and raised.  It’s something like this hardanger, I believe…has resonating drones plus bowed strings… not to mention I would love to get my hands on a mando and also a viola…let’s see…hmmm…that’s gonna take several 24 days to try to get comfortable with those instruments!  I love them all and would have them all and do not much besides playing them, if I could!  Never enough time for all the big ideas I entertain.  Anyway, wishing you the best with your goals on this, Boerge!  The fun never stops!

    #53253

    John Cockman
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    The Hardinger is definitely a cool instrument. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

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