Stringed Things: 10-String KANTELE (lap harp/zither from Finland)




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Published on May 11, 2017

KANTELE: 10-string (steel) lap harp/zither from Finland that’s great (has a distinctive bell-like sound) for plucked melodies or by strumming chords. Has an A Mixolydian tuning (stepwise: A3-B-C#-D-E-F#-G-A-B-D5; note the missing high C#). The player holds the kantele in their lap or on a small table and either plucks the strings with fingers or strums unstopped strings (muting unneeded strings with extra fingers). Mine is hand-signed by the maker Gerry Henkel.

NOTE: I quickly "wrote" this li'l piece (which requires plucking with only one hand) immediately after acquiring this instrument. Ordinarily it's played with TWO hands. I'll practice it more (two-hand style), and make up some other fun stuff :-) I'm also playing it "upside-down"--that's how I roll! Enjoy!

Song: "Kantele Harp Blues"
© Dale Turner 2017


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