Not So Speechless Sunday: The Hurdy-Gurdy Man Songs of Love!

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We spotted this man tuning his hurdy-gurdy tuning his instrument with the help of his iPhone, at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market .  This was the first time, either one of us had seen a hurdy-gurdy.

 

The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin.

Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents—small wedges, typically made of wood—against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a soundboard and hollow cavity to make the vibration of the strings audible. Wikipedia

 

We both hummed Donovan's song:

 

'Twas then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love
Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love...

 

Happy Sunday!

 

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Written by Ron & Alexandra Seigel-

 

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Carol Williams
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Good morning Alexandra & Ron,
I have never seen a hurdy gurdy. I got curious and looked it up on YouTube. Here is a link to a short video explaining how it got its name and how it works.   It reminds me of bagpipes. 

Your picture makes me wonder how this particular young person got interested in learning to play a medieval instrument.   Thanks for sharing.

Jul 14, 2019 07:49 AM #1
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What a delightful post  Ron and Alexandra for a Sunday Afternoon  but then again I would expect nothing less from you 

Jul 14, 2019 07:58 AM #2
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Carol Williams 

We were fascinated that there was an app for tuning a hurdy gurdy.   Thank you for the link.  A

Jul 14, 2019 08:01 AM #3
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Hannah Williams so many firsts in our lives, and this was a fun one.  We are busy watching the men's final at Wimbledon, and I am commenting.  A

Jul 14, 2019 08:04 AM #4
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I had never heard of this instrument. It is pretty cool looking. Not something I thought you would see a young person interested in. Have a delightful Sunday.

Jul 14, 2019 08:45 AM #5
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Good morning, Alexandra and Ron - tuning his hurdy-gurdy with his I-phone might be both illegal and improper in some parts of the world and definitely unknown by many, if not most, of the ActiveRain membership. But, hey, we're in California....

Jul 14, 2019 08:51 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs 

Yes, Michael, CA is the home of the valet app and other perceived by some as useful apps! Wishing you  a delightful rest of the day.  A 

Jul 14, 2019 08:57 AM #7
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Sharon Lee  I did not care for the sound of the music that we heard.  I guess you have to develop a taste for it.  A

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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - This is tantamount to creating your own niche music following or simply said, marching to the beat of your own drum. 

Jul 14, 2019 09:09 AM #9
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Funny I said the same thing to Ron as we left the market yesterday. A

Jul 14, 2019 09:17 AM #10
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Hi Alexandra, not only is this hurdy gurdy instrument new to me, so is that Donovan song about one!

Jul 14, 2019 11:21 AM #11
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How fun to see this in person! I remember hearing about the hurdy gurdy back in the 70's I think.  When you get a chance visit the MIM museum in PHX. It is fabulous place full of musical instruments and amazing things! Happy Sunday!

Jul 14, 2019 11:25 AM #12
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That has to be a first for me.  I never would have thought to use an i-Phone to tap into the tones to help tune an instrument.  Absolutely amazing!  It makes me wonder why I hadn't thought of that!

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Delightful - and now I have that tune in my head. Haha. 

Jul 14, 2019 03:20 PM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat That certainly was a great way to tune the instrument.  A

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Ron and Alexandra- I too had never seen a Hurdy Gurdy but so glad that you shed some light on it. 

Jul 14, 2019 06:36 PM #16
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A very interesting instrument. Thanks so much for sharing your photograph.

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Had not heard that instrument in forever....!

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