Participants who try out the hurdy-gurdy for the first time get a basic introduction to the setup, tuning and handling of the instrument. Using simple tunes, we’ll try out how to play melodies as well as easy buzzing patterns. Advanced beginners or intermediates with previous knowledge can build on that, expanding their skills in refined buzzing rhythms and overcome individual challenges. Working on selected melodies, I’ll show you how to shape the tunes with ornaments.
No previous knowledge or ability to read music necessary! Everyone gets individual support in respect to their skill level.
Please state in the application if you want to rent an instrument! Participants with their own instruments should thoroughly check it beforehand and, if necessary, have it setup by their instrument maker.
In this workshop we’ll look into different playing styles and modes – for example pentatonic, Oriental, Indian, and African music, improvisation – and try out a variety of buzzing rhythms. A special focus will be put on Breton music, since the repetitive character of the tunes offers a great basis to explore new stuff. Another focus will be the hurdy-gurdy’s electro-acoustic potentials and how they can enrich the sound palette. Participants who have thus far only played acoustically will get first advice, while those with some experience in the field are invited to experiment with sound effects. Please bring your equipment (cables, devices, etc.)!
The workshop aims at advanced players who already have a long experience on the hurdy-gurdy.
I’ll splitt from time to time the class in smaller working groups, depending on the level and the affinities of the participants.
Please state your instruments keys and your equipment in the application.