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Stringed Things: KEMENCHE "SPIKE FIDDLE" (a.k.a. "Kemençe" and/or "Black Sea Fiddle")

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Published on May 18, 2017

KEMENCHE: Persian three-string bowed instrument, great for intense rhythmic doublestops (its authentic use is as dance accompaniment), trills and drones. The instrument is often tuned according to the preference of the musician or the range of the vocals; common tunings include: a-a-d, e-a-d, g-d-a or a-e-b. Mine is tuned (in this video) C#4-F#4-F#4, for an F# minor piece I wrote, immediately after acquiring this instrument. It is usually held in an upright position, rested on the knee when sitting, or held out in front when walking or dancing; I hold it sideways to see where my fingers are ;-) Great for high-tension musical moments fueled by speedy rhythmic repetition of two (or all three) strings being bowed at the same time, while internal notes move.

Song: "Ivanka's Teeth"
© Dale Turner 2017
http://www.intimateaudio.com

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