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.
To develop your playing skills on the hurdy-gurdy, it is not necessary to train you on elaborate riffs in breathtaking speed. It often pays off much more if you work on basic things like a clean and accentuated buzz technique, independence of melody and rhythm, enriching ornaments and so forth. Starting point is traditional music which might seem easy and simplistic, but offers a perfect base to try out new ways of playing, new stylistics and forms of expression. I’ll also share a few of my original tunes as an inspiration.
The workshop aims at advanced players who already have a long experience on the hurdy-gurdy. Please state your instruments keys in the application.