hurdy gurdy was the instrument of choice for many troubadors
minstrels from the Middle Ages through the French Revolution.
superseded in the 1800's and almost driven to extinction
accordian, and has been enjoying a growing renaissance since
player turns a crank, which turns a wooden wheel that has
it (like a violin bow). The wheel is turned by the player's
and rubs on the under side of the strings, creating a drone
similar to bagpipes. With the left hand the player makes
the tune on the
in the keybox. The chanters or melody strings, run though
keybox and the key pressing against the string changes its
keys fall back to their original positions by the force
Several drone strings are outside the keybox, and so sound
the same note all the time. Underneath the drones are sympathetic
strings that simply add resonance and "shimmer"
to the overall sound. A small movable bridge called the
"chien" (or dog) on one of the drones can be made
to vibrate rhythmically by cranking the wheel harder, and
this buzzing is used for a rhythmic accompanyment to the
above electric-acoustic hurdy gurdy has a lute back and
sympathetic strings. It was made by Helmut Gotschy in Germany.
Visit his site at http://www.gotschy.com/english/