Monday, 29 February 2016

Fixing Sticky Nyckelharpa Keys

Hello!
I'm asked all the time about fixing sticky keys. People are usually really scared of taking the nyckelharpa apart for the first time, but it's actually really simple. You unscrew the top and take them out. Unscrew a little more and take more keys out. It can be a bit awkward to get to the very bottom row, so that's a different video - but the initial stage is really, really easy. So here is a video of me taking one apart (down to the bit where it gets harder anyway).
The scraping of the edge of the key is harder to explain - you need to figure out which key is sticking and then try to figure out where it is sticking on the shoulder or at the end. Then scrape away a tiny amount and apply lots of graphite - or pencil. I use a 4B pencil so it's as slippy as possible.
But the real purpose of this video is to stop people being scared of taking the first keys out of the key box....
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki

Friday, 26 February 2016

Polska efter Jonas Hansson

Hello!
A Swedish polska this week! I originally learnt this as a säckpipa tune. I got it from a huuuge book of Småland tunes and found it quite mesmerising. I originally played and recorded it on the säckpipa and decided it had to be done on the nyckelharpa too! There are two videos, one is a teaching video and the other is a trio.
Enjoy!
Vicki

JonasHansson

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Irish Washerwoman

The Irish Washwoman - the first folk tune I ever learnt (on the recorder). I can't remember what key I played it in then, but it was on the treble recorder, so quite possibly in this key. This is a lovely key for a C tuned harpa and a really great tune. It's great for practising string crossings and bowings.
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki

IrishWashwoman

Friday, 12 February 2016

Fikavalsen

Hello!
To fika is to have coffee and a cinnamon bun - it's a vital part of Swedish culture.
This tune has plenty of little finger G harmony notes. Watch the video carefully to see which fingers I use for the B part.
There are two videos, one with the tune played slowly and one with it played by the Fnyka Quintet. :D
Enjoy them both!
:)
Vicki
FikaValsen

Friday, 5 February 2016

Rocking the Baby


Hello!
It's Tune Friday! So it's time a pipe tune. A jig, one of the first tunes I ever learn on the Scottish small pipes taught to me by my Dad. It's also a great tune to teach on the nyckelharpa for the string crossing and bow control.
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki