Monthly Archives: December 2017
SETTING UP YOUR NEW VIOLIN
All new stringed instruments must undergo some degree of further adjustment and preparation to ready them for optimum playability. Most classically inclined instruments, for example violins, cellos and double basses, require a proper set up in order to avoid future complications such as intonation issues and tuning instability. It is a fairly simple process to go about, but if done incorrectly will prevent your instrument from playing at it's best and in some cases can be detremential to both it's sound and materials. Following a few short steps, here is how to go about preparing your new violin for play:
1. Position the Bridge
The bridge, a small, thin piece of light coloured wood, often comes wrapped in paper and tucked under the tailpiece. This is used to seat the strings in place at a suitable height above the fingerboard. Placing it with the taller side underneath the thickest string (G) a
Posted: December 07, 2017|
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Posted: December 05, 2017|
LAMELLOPHONES - KALIMBA, KARIMBA & MBIRA
"Lamella" means plate, or tongue. "Lamellophone" is an ethnomusicological term describing any instrument that makes its sound by plucking, striking, or otherwise exciting vibrations of lamellae.
Kalimba was originally one of the names of the traditional African lamellophones. People in northern Zimbabwe referred to their instruments as kalimbas, while people in the rest of Zimbabwe referred to them as karimbas. Kalimba is a generic name for any thumb piano, used today to describe any non-traditional lamellophone.
The term Karimba comprises a family of closely related instruments:
Each of these instruments is a specific tradit
- 17-note mbira dzavadzimu
- 15-note mbira nyunga nyunga
- 8- or 9-note 'original' karimba