Pablo Urssuson of Sangre de Muerdago and the Poetry of the Hurdy Gurdy – HGC S1 E9

This podcast was released at November 15, 2020 at 12:07 AM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly New. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)

Our guest today is Pablo Urssuson.

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Featured Music –

-SANGRE DE MUERDAGO – Heavy Mental (Live Session 2019)

-Sangre de Muerdago – Lonxania – Lonshania –  Track 5

-Skamgreppet · Hedningarna (band)

Topics Include:

What kind of music does Sangre De Muerdago and Pablo play?

Do you need to know how to read and write music to compose good music?

How did Pablo Ursusson begin playing the Hurdy Gurdy?  Punk?

How is Punk music related to the folk tradition?

Is it OK if your first Hurdy Gurdy doesn’t have a trompette?

How long has Pablo been playing the Hurdy Gurdy?

Is it good to sacrifice technicality for musicality?

Is it better to be self-taught on the Hurdy Gurdy?

How important is the coup? Should be we glorify it?

When are you going to use coup de 12?

When does Sangre de Muerdago’s new album come out?

What does the Adam’s Family Theme song have to do with the Hurdy Gurdy?

What is the best way to approach Hurdy Gurdy as a beginner?

Can you learn how to play the Hurdy Gurdy without maintaining it?

How important is the right hand, trompette technique, to playing the Hurdy Gurdy well?

How important is it to tap your foot while playing the Hurdy Gurdy?

How important is it to start just being creative with the Hurdy Gurdy, even before you really know how to play?

Is it better to learn from sheet music or by ear training?

Special Thanks to Pablo of Sangre de Muerdago for being with us today.

And Special Thanks to Sergio Gonzalez for bringing it all together.

The T-Rex Hand and top 6 Ways to Wear Your Hurdy Gurdy – HGC Podcast S1E4

This podcast was released at Sept. 2, 2020 at 1:22 am Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly full. (For show notes, scroll down, down, down…)

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Introducing Sanne van Gend from the Netherlands…The T-Rex Hand and top 6 Ways to Wear Your Hurdy Gurdy – HGC Podcast S1E4

Sanne’s Dutch tune project is called Holland Historie –

Featured Music…
Sint Tuenis Poort (Saint Tuenis Gate) – Dutch folk on hurdy gurdy – Performed by Sanne van Gend
Het viel eens hemels douwe (The holy ghost once descended)– Dutch folk on hurdy gurdy – performed by Sanne van Gend and Jimi Hellinga
CORRETTE // La Furstemberg by Ensemble Danguy / Tobie Miller

What did we talk about on this Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast?
What’s a good hurdy gurdy festival?
Where can you rent a hurdy gurdy?
Are there Viking Hurdy Gurdies?
Does anyone in the United States play the Hurdy Gurdy? Maybe check the
Hurdy Gurdy census…
Is the hurdy gurdy music in Black Sails authentic?
Can adventurers really carry a hurdy gurdy in Dungeons and Dragons games?
What is a good posture for playing the Hurdy Gurdy?
What is a T-Rex hand?
Is playing the hurdy gurdy with poor posture as bad as falling down stairs?
Is it normal to feel tension when playing the hurdy gurdy?
Align your hurdy gurdy with your knob.
How can you learn the hurdy gurdy faster?
What are good tips for learning the trompette?

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 –
Steve Tyler – Chronophage –
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?
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?

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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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? –
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: