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Welcome to the Hurdy Gurdy Wiki

The Hurdy Gurdy Wiki intends to serve as a repository of information about the musical folk instrument commonly called a hurdy gurdy. Informative articles concerning its history, construction, musical instruction, current usage, performers and events, as well as links to related web content are appropriate to this site.

Basic description

"The hurdy gurdy or hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents — small wedges, typically made of wood — against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board to make the vibration of the strings audible." from Wikipedia