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Necessary materials :

- hurdy gurdy
- tuner
- metronome
- cassette recorder
- little sticky labels
- For this exercise one numbers the fingers f the left hand from "1" for the little finger to "5" for the thumb.

  In the words of the proverb: "practise makes perfect" and the practice of the hurdy gurdy does not deviate from this rule. Also, after having worked on some of the rules, the working of the wheel and of the keyboard, we are at last able to move on to serious matters and hear a melody emerge from our instrument. The piece for today is a bransle de champaigne (Number 10, Code Gervaise - 5th book of dance - 1550), of the 16th century. It is played on the four notes C, D, E and F (DO, RE, MI and FA) on a hurdy gurdy tuned in G. Counting from the head of the hurdy gurdy the keys are numbers 3, 4, 5 and 6.

  There are two ways to learn a melody : by ear, or by sight reading. In this lesson we will look at both.


This requires a good aural memory. This method, because it does not always result in exact reproduction of the melody, has the advantage of allowing the player to stamp his or her personality onto the piece quickly.


Part 1 :

partition 1.1

Part 2 :

partition 1.2

Part 3 :

partition 1.3


Once you can play the tune well record it on a cassete, repeating the melody two or three times.

First page of Lessons - Top of the page - French version

Copyright juillet 2003 - Xavier AIME - Reproduction interdite -Traduction Helen Proudfoot