Lyre Harp 8-String *BLEMISHED
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BLEMISHED: The solid sheesham (Indian Rosewood) body lends itself to the soft gentle curves of this eight string lyre. The eight metal strings provide a classical sound that is enhanced by the solid lacewood soundboard. When you are not playing, you can hang it up as a piece of art; it's that pretty.
Hold it upright on your lap or while standing and pluck both sides of the strings; or lay it flat and pluck it.
Approximate overall dimensions: 10 inches wide by 17 inches long, 2.75 inches deep.
Tuning tool included.
An authentic tuning derived from Judaic worship music, where the instrument was used to accompany the singing of the Chazzan, also known as a Cantor. This style of tuning uses the Chazzanut mode.
Starting with the bass (largest strings) tune as follows: E F G# A B C D E (Ahava Raba mode).
In the early Middle Ages in Eastern Europe, the secularization of the Jewish worship music gave rise to Klezmer music. Jewish troubadours, known as klezmorim, gave the music a place in weddings and other simkhes (joyful events). The Klezmer music eventually blended with Slavonic, Greek, Turkish, Gypsy and even American jazz tempos and rhythms. For Klezmer music try the Misheberakh mode which is: E F# G A# B C# D E
Two alternative tunings that work well with singers comfortable in the Key of G are (again bass to treble): E F# G A B C D E (Natural minor) and D E F# G A B C D (E is tonic). Notice, in the second tuning, all the notes are the same but you're starting on D rather than E.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 1.6 lbs.
Made in Pakistan.
SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. During the long journey to your home the elements affect the strings and may shorten their life expectancy and reduce their sound quality. On occasion, a string may fail during this trip; therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing them as soon as possible. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.
Scratch & Dent Savings!!!
Product codes ending in "-2" are Blemished. They are New and Unused with Superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. These are an honest value.