Tagelharpa or Jouhikko, by Luthier
The Tagelharpa is a type of 3-stringed violin lyre, its main characteristic and the reason for its name comes from the fact that its strings are made with horse glue bristles. From there his name is Tagel (horse glue) harp (harp). Its origin dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries, of Scandinavian origin, but specifically Viking.
Tagelharpa’s sound is very characteristic, mainly due to its strings, and he thinks it is played with a bow, like a violin. In addition to not having any frets, it is played using the fingers of your fingers which has a sound but is erased and full of harmonics.
Instrument popularized by the “Vikingos” series.
Construction is carried out completely by hand, with minimal use of electrical tools. With the specification that it is an ethnic and ancient instrument, the elaboration techniques are artisanal, manual and with tools made by hand. Thus achieving the impression that the instrument was made in antiquity.
- It starts with the devastation of the box, with gubias, on a wooden sole. Luego forms the instrument to create the mast and the clavijero. The keys are made of wood.
- The strings are made by hand, which is not simple to obtain on the instrument market.
- The height of each part is performed by hand and once you reach the shape, proceed to perform the tapa.
- This is normally done with the same type of wood used for the instrument. Keys, cord and bridge are made, as well as the bow.
- Lift the bottom to create a smooth, tactile surface. Putty is used based on wood extracted from greenhouses and linen oil to coat the wood.
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