If you are interested in early music or play an early instrument it may be difficult to find relevant information about your interests.
It might be worth checking out some of the many early music groups that are now available. They can be a great resource for exploring obscure topics. If you have a question, you can search the archives or post your question for others to comment on.
My favorite way to use these groups is to sign up for email summaries of the discussions. This way, the information comes to me. I also use a separate email account and avoid giving out personal information to maintain my privacy.
I have assembled a fair number of links. Please feel free to leave a comment with links to other early music groups you enjoy.
Early Music Groups
Medieval and Renaissance Music
Music of the Middle Ages
Early Music Tribe
Early Music Performance
Renaissance and Baroque Lute
Lute Lovers Tribe
Classical Guitar and Lute
Viola da Gamba Groups
Viola da Gamba Tribe
Viola da Gamba
Harpsichord Enthusiasts Club
Other Early Instrument Groups
Hurdy Gurdy Tribe
World Music Groups
World Music Forum
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Here are some links to museums with high quality instrument collections.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
NIU World Music Instrument Collection
If you want to explore more museums check out the Google Directory to Musical Instrument Museums
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The hurdy-gurdy is an ancient stringed instrument that makes sound with a turning rosined wheel. It has both drone strings and melody strings that are shortened by keys. Some hurdy-gurdies also have one or more buzzing bridges.
The player usually turns the wheel with his right hand and plays the melody by pressing the keys with his left.
Some people claim that it sounds something like a bagpipe. Of course, its not a wind instrument but it is characterised by persistent drones that remind one of a bagpipe. The sound is quite medieval. It's well worth checking out the following links, especially if you're not familiar with this intriguing instrument.
Melissa the Loud
If you would like to try a free software version of the hurdy-gurdy, visit Soundbytes
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
View Lute Videos.
View Videos of Guitars Playing Lute Music.