minstrel: Lyres

Stephen Fryer sjfryer at telus.net
Thu Apr 17 11:22:53 PDT 2008

Aleyn Wyckington makes nice lyres, both small ones and large (like the 
BM reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo.


Teleri wrote:

> Benjamin Bagby tunes pentatonically (C-D-F-G-a-c would be an example of 
> the pattern); Hucbald (our period source) indicates it would have been 
> diatonic (C-D-E-F-G-a).  I used to tune pentatonically, but have been 
> trying to work with Hucbald's tuning; I've done plucking (like Bagby) 
> and block-and-strum both.  Both tunings and both techniques have 
> advantages and disadvantages.

A combination of techniques can work quite nicely too.

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Stephen of Hunmanby OL

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