Evolution of Modern Hurdy Gurdy (Plus €1000 Aplo Review with Scott Marshall) – HGC S1E3

This podcast was released at 10:42 PM Eastern Time Zone, on August 18th, as the Moon is perfectly new. (For show notes, scroll down, down, down…)


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Featured Music
Scott Marshall- Woodhenge from Gurdy Mania II – https://www.facebook.com/gurdymania
Steve Tyler – Chronophage – https://stevetyler.bandcamp.com/releases
Symbio – Playing ‘Les Fil’ – by Gilles Chabenat

The Evolution of the Hurdy Gurdy from traditional to Modern – with examples from Sam Palmer, Wolfgang Weischelbaumer and MM Instruments (Ancestore)

Lets look a Samuel Palmer hurdy gurdy.
Do you need a tool to tune an older hurdy gurdy?
What is a luteback hurdy hurdy?
Are traditional wooden tangents better than metal tangents?
Is it better to have a solid wood wheel on your hurdy gurdy?
Are there capos on traditional hurdy gurdies?
Where is the best place to record hurdy gurdies? Jon Loomes – Talking Cat Studios…
How do pedals work with a hurdy gurdy?
What is a modern hurdy gurdy like?
Who invented metal tangents for the hurdy gurdy?
Let’s Look at a Wolfgang Weichselbaumer hurdy gurdy.
How do sympathetic strings sound when amplified on the hurdy gurdy?
What is a drop wheel on the hurdy gurdy?
What is a good introductory instrument for the money, that is modern?
What is Scott’s YouTube page? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAOK3cUv3K2pRSIhkt0Osbg
What is the Aplo hurdy gurdy by Ancestore?
Are longer scale length hurdy gurdies better than a short scale?
Should I have other friends than hurdy gurdy players?
Are hurdy gurdies good for codependant people?
Is gurdy mania a medical condition or not?
Where can I buy Gurdymania? https://www.facebook.com/gurdymania

The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Season 1 Episode 2 with Sergio Gonzalez – What the Crank?

This podcast was released at 11:59 AM Eastern Time Zone, on August 3rd, as the Moon is perfectly full. (For show notes, scroll down, down, down…)


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The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast Season 1 Episode 2- Show Notes

What the Crank?

How to think of “weird” time signatures: 11/8, 7/8, 3/8, 9/8?

What is a Kopanitsa?

What are the signs a hurdy gurdy is poorly constructed? (So I know what to beware of.)

Efren Lopez’s band is called L’ham de foc.

How important is the wheel in the hurdy gurdy?

Should the wheel be small?

What if my hurdy gurdy has a poor finish?

What is the difference between a modern style versus classic Hurdy Gurdy?

What’s the benefit of adjustable bridges, different kinds of tangents, friction pegs, etc?

Are capos necessary on the Hurdy Gurdy?

How many add-ons or extras do I need on my Hurdy Gurdy?  How many capos or melody strings do I need?

What should I carry in my Hurdy Gurdy kit?

Featured Music

Efren Lopez – Kopanitsa

Neil Brook – Drops of Brandy/Fox Hunter’s – from the album Rambles in the Park

Michalina Malisz – Morrison’s Jig

Learning to Play the Hurdy Gurdy

What is a slip jig?

What’s the best approach to learning the Hurdy Gurdy?

How do you find an up to date book or hurdy gurdy method that is not outdated?

How important are lessons when learning the Hurdy Gurdy?

What can I do to prepare for playing a hurdy gurdy while I’m waiting for one to be built?

Thanks again Sergio… https://www.zanfoneando.com/hurdy-gurdy-online-lessons/

The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Season 1 Episode 1 with Sergio Gonzalez

This podcast was chosen to launch on July 20th, 2020 around 1:35 PM Eastern Time Zone to coincide with the near perfect new Moon. (For show notes, scroll down down down…)

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Audio Version

The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast Season 1 Episode 1- Show Notes

What does Sergio Gonzalez have to say about:
What is the Hurdy Gurdy all about? (Where’s the air?)
What is the Organistrum?
A very brief history of the Hurdy Gurdy.
What is Avant Garde Hurdy Gurdy?
What’s going on with “Coil – La Loco, Paris, France (2004-05-23)”?
Who is Marc Egea?
Who is Efren Lopez?
What does Jimmy Page have to do with the hurdy gurdy?
Does Nigel Eaton like being considered a rock star?
Why is the hurdy gurdy gaining so much popularity?
What is “Easy Listening Gurdy”?
What is the Cretan Lyra?

Featured Music

Tobie Miller – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, track #8 from the Bach Solo Album

Nigel Eaton – Three Sharks, Track #7 from the Pandaemonium Album
With Andy Cutting, Paul James, Mark Davies, Julie Murphy, and Becky Price

Cliff Stapleton – The Almond and the Olive – From the Bath Folk Festival in 2011.

Questions Answered

What is the best approach to learning the Hurdy Gurdy?
How do you make the most out of a mid to low range hurdy gurdy instrument?
What is an HGSO? (It’s not a hurdy gurdy.)
What is a Nerdy Gurdy? – http://www.nerdygurdy.nl/
How about Gordiy Starukh or Robert Mandel as Hurdy Gurdy builders?
Do hurdy gurdy’s use air to make sounds, or is that just a lyra organizzata?
How does the hurdy gurdy actually make sounds?
Is a Hurdy Gurdy and a wheel fiddle the same thing?
What is an Infinite Violin Bow?!?!
Why doesn’t my hurdy gurdy sound very good?
What should one expect when ordering or buying a new hurdy gurdy?
What should I know about Marco Gammara or ELZ Guitars?

Thanks for being with us Sergio Gonzalez. Learn more about what Sergio is up to at: