Sunday, November 6, 2011

HURDY GURDY: What's a Hurdy Gurdy anyway?

The hurdy gurdy or hurdy-gurdy is a stringed musical instrument that produces sound by a 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 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 sound board to make the vibration of the strings audible.

Hurdy gurdy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


featuring Melissa Kacalanos playing her hurdy-gurdy November 14, 2006 on Canal Street, New York, NY

Hurdy Gurdy: What's a Hurdy Gurdy anyway?

ConcreteBeat: Hurdy Gurdy: Melissa "The Loud" Kacalanos: I consider myself a pretty well educated and cultured individual but truly, I did not know what I was looking at when I saw Melissa The Loud playing her hurdy gurdy in Union Square. With most of its machinations hidden within its casing, the hurdy gurdy is a bit of a mystery to your average New Yorker, or average anybody for that matter. Melissa, though, was nice enough to explain the instrument to me...

Melissa the Loud talks about her unconventional instrument and music. -For artist contact, written bios and more street artists check out

Variations on a medeival dance tune called Petit Riens and an original track.

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