PIG-SNOUT PSALTERY STRINGS: SO EASY!

PIG-SNOUT PSALTERY STRINGS: SO EASY!

FAQ: How do you tune the three lower strings ?

ANSWER: I have found an easy way to solve the "problem", using, for exemple, 15 steel strings.

 

The three strings of equal lenght first:

d'  0.14

e'  0.12

f'  0.10

Consequently, the other strings divided in three groups:

g' - c''    0.14

d'' - g''   0.12

a'' - d'''  0.10

 

Symmetrical, easy, and ...  it works !

POLYPHONIC SYMPHONIA

POLYPHONIC SYMPHONIA

POLYPHONIC SYMPHONIA

 

The idea of a polyphonic keyboard on wheel instruments derives from my studies about 12th century Organistrum.

 ( https://www.liuteriaseverini.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=42:inquiry-into-a-troubling-problem-of-interpretation-analysis-of-possible-solutions&Itemid=1014

This same model is suitable for the small wheel  instruments  depicted in XIII and XIV paintings and sculptures.

The three strings are tuned to the same pitch (C),  eight tangents being distributed among them: two on the first string, three on the middle one and  three on the third.

Thus it is possible to play  not only a melody  accompanied by  drones, but  some double stops (fourths and thirds) too.

 

I introduce you SONYA, the polyphonic symphonia.

 

 

 

 

 

Diapason: cm. 43