Friday, 27 March 2020

Resources for 6 String Lyre 2020

Here are the links referred to in this video

Tom Crosby's Lyre tools (Lyre chord generator):

Lyre playing method: Spike Bakker's Moro Music Youtube Channel:

Facebook Lyre group:

Yahoo Anglo Saxon Lyre Forum/Newsgroup, alas now removed by yahoo, leaving just the facebook version of the Group

My old Lyre playing webpage:


etsy shop:



Friday, 20 March 2020

Runosong melodies on a 5 string kantele video by Arja Kastinen

I just had to share this is a video from Arja Kastinen on the 5 String Kantele with Bronze strings in A tuning.  Do check out her classic kantele album on the 1833 Bronze kantele on her website

She writes in her video notes:

"Four runosong melodies with variations played on a 5-string kantele. The kantele is a replica made by Rauno Nieminen. It has bronze strings. The original was made by the famous runosinger Ontrei Malinen in 1833 in Vuonninen, Viena Karelia. The kantele is tuned according to harmonics, and thus it's not in Equal Temperament.

You can find old runosongmelodies online at: - "Haku" - "tarkennettu haku" - "kokoelmat". And when you scroll down from the "kokoelmat", you can find two collections of runosongs: "Runosävelmät I" and "Runosävelmät II". The four runosong melodies that are played on this video were collected by Axel August Borenius in 1877 and in 1879 in Ilomantsi, Leppävirta and Kivijärvi (Hiitola). You can transpose the melodies and you should also variate them; only one or two basic phrases are written down."

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Free: 5 String Kantele ebook and plans Download

Free Download here:
Playlist for making and playing:

My original 2004 ebook and plan are now available to download for free, for educational use by anyone in these unprecedented times. They are meant as a springboard to start making musical instruments, an introduction to the Finnish Style kantele and its traditional playing. The ebook guides you through construction and you can either print off plans on your home computer or draw them out by hand,

This ebook was later expanded to become the kantele aking CD-ROM still available as a Download with further kantele plans.

Kindle Ebook edition which will be text-based should be available next year.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Pineapple Tenor Ukulele in Bog Oak by Michael J King

This is a rare one-off Bog Oak Tenor Pineapple Ukulele.  The first one I have made using Bog Oak for the top as well as the back and sides.  It has a 1920's vibe about it in its simplicity.