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Lyre Lesson Videos 

LEARN HOW TO PLAY ANCIENT LYRES!
 


Several years ago, due to the lack of any publication, anywhere, on how to play the lyre, I posted a few series of somewhat unique "online lyre lesson" videos on my YouTube Channel! Please view these playlists below:
 

 


The next series of videos relates specifically with my attempts to recreate an evocation of the music of the ancient Hebrews, during the creation of my first 2 albums, "King David's Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel" & "Lyre of the Levites"
 

 

 

 

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How To Acquire a Lyre 


HOW TO ACQUIRE A LYRE!

In this extensive blog, I list all the makers of replica lyres I know of, from around the world! 


These include makers of modern evocations of the Biblical lyres, makers of replica Classical lyres of ancient Greece, as well as makers of replica Northern European lyres.
 

I also list makers of African lyres and harps, still played today, such as the Egyptian Simmsimiyya & archaic African harps, almost identical to the ancient Egyptian arched harp, such as the Ugandan Adungu...
 


MAKERS OF

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Seven Ancient Inventions Associated with Music You Should Know 


Music is a unique form of art with a Greek origin that denotes “art of the Muses”. Since the dawn of human civilisation music has been performed through numerous means. It is not known what led to its creation, but the role of nature may have played a role. While the oldest written song was composed approximately 4000 years ago, the existence of ancient musical instruments can be traced back to more ancient times. Some of the greatest inventors in history are those maestros who created the path breaking…

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Sheet Music For Lyre! 


One of the main goals I have in both creating this website and in creating my albums for solo lyre, is the in doing so, I may one day hope to create a future legacy, where once again, the lyre will become an essential ingredient of all modern music - this was the vision which inspired my ultra experimental LP, "Ascension of the Lyre"

Therefore, to further my cause, as there is absolutely no other sheet music available out there, to rekindle the long forgotten art of lyre-learning, after copious laborious…

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Lyre Playing Techniques 


ANCIENT LYRE PLAYING TECHNIQUES
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







From all of my extensive research and practical experimentation, I have discovered that the range of possible playing techniques for the lyre is only limited by one's musical imagination! To begin this analysis of some of these techniques, here is a video demonstrating and listing virtually all of them:
 

 

 


The diverse range of lyre-playing techniques I have used in the creation of my albums, are all authentically based upon ancient lyre playing…

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Ancient Tuning Methods 


 

INTRODUCTION


In attempting to demonstrate a variety of ancient tunings for my 10 string lyre to the layman with an interest in ancient music, I have decided to compromise and use modern equal temperament terminology ie. a 12 note chromatic scale, with alphabetic representation of specific pitch (eg. A,B,C,D,G,F,G) & modern musical terms such as sharps & flats to indicate the respective placement of whole-tone & half-tone steps. 
 

However, in antiquity, lyres were tuned either cyclically, in perfect 5ths…

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Is 432 Hz New Age Schmertz? 

THE "432 HERTZ THING"?


 
In the West, modern standard concert pitch for the note A has constantly been changing over the centuries and since 1955, it has currently been set by the International Organization for Standardization at 440 Hz - but if anyone dares to Google search "A at 432 Hz", one is drowned in a whole tsunami of gigabytes of 'information' about how 432 Hz is the frequency of the cosmos, that this is a 'spiritual' frequency, that this was the reference pitch used by all ancient civilizations and

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Finding Authentic Tunings For An Ancient Lyre 


INTRODUCTION


What follows is a list of tunings which I have researched & used in all my albums of ancient lyre music. These tunings include ancient Middle Eastern scales derived from my experience as a Klezmer musician, and which according to the work of the late Suzanne Haik Vantoura, also appear in the original 3000 year old music of the Bible! The tunings also include the original ancient Greek modes, as described in the writings of Plato & Aristotle, some 2400 years ago...

I have used modes starting on E…

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How Did The Ancient Greeks Tune A 7-String Lyre? 

The ancient Greek Kithara & Lyra generally had 7 strings - for the ancient Greeks, music represented the harmony of the Universe & so for them, the number 7 was spiritually significant - it could represent for them, the Seven Celestial Spheres...




According to the research of the musicologist Curt Sachs in his book "The Rise of Music in the Ancient World - East and West" (page 230), the following tunings for the standard 7 string ancient Greek lyres can be inferred for the following surviving pieces of…

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New Archaeological Discoveries - in my Lounge, on my Laptop! 

THE BOUNTY OF HIDDEN ANCIENT TRUTHS WAITING TO BE FOUND IN MODERN 'DIGITAL ARTIFACTS'

Never underestimate the power of 'Google Search' in unearthing new 'digital artifacts' - I have recently found the answers to several intriguing questions regarding the lyres of antiquity...right here, in my lounge, on my laptop!




1. THE MYSTERY OF THE THE RIDGE DEPICTED RUNNING DOWN THE BACK OF THE ANCIENT BIBLICAL KINNOR - SOLVED!

The first puzzle I managed to resolve, was the curious ridge seen on the back of the Biblical

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