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Ugears Hurdy Gurdy Model Kit

Ugears Hurdy Gurdy Model Kit

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Ugears Hurdy Gurdy make your Musical Pay With a hurdy gurdy you can get the same sound without using up all your breath. Just turn the crank to activate the rosin-coated wheel which vibrates the strings.
The hurdy gurdy is played by turning a rosined wheel which touches the strings causing them to vibrate whilst the different notes are produced by depressing keys
which stop the strings at different positions.

Most hurdy gurdies have multiple "drone strings" which provide a constant pitch accompaniment to the melody, resulting in a sound similar to that of bagpipes.
For this reason, the hurdy gurdy is often used interchangeably with or along with bagpipes, particularly in French and contemporary Hungarian folk music.

The history of this instrument begins in the 15th century. One of the earliest forms of the hurdy-gurdy was the organistrum (a portable organ) in Medieval Europe.
After some modifications it became a common instrument among travelling musicians in England and went through its renaissance period in the later 17th-18th centuries
as more of the noble class musical instrument for the amusement of the rich. Those instruments were decorated by craftsmen with inlays and carving and had the built-in
hurdy-gurdy mechanism into the guitar or lute body. Some call the Hurdy-Gurdy music “a medieval rock’n’roll”, which we find pretty cool.