Harp Guitar Music You Can Dance To

…if you can just figure out the timing!

Actually, this is authentic Alpine concert zither music…with kontragitarre accompaniment.

Brad Hoyt (composer and time signature expert) just sent in the link to the fascinating video at left of one of these zither ensembles.  The tune has the most subtly hilarious timing (a cornucopia of time signatures) in the syncopation.  What are those various subdivisions?… a dotted-what?  Aggravating and wholly infectious at the same time!

Here’s the group (Kerschbam Zithermusi) from their site:

Think of the fun if we could get these guys to a Gathering!

Here’s some of their others that are more straight waltzes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6IWqqszDH0 (very lovely), and


Following the thread, one can find additional videos of zither with kontragitarre accompaniment.  Too me, it’s reminiscent of Schrammelmusik, but is very unique with the timing changes and complexities with a feel not duplicated in American folk music!  And the European harp guitarists are all making good use of the subs.  Charming, quaint, or however you want to describe it (“as cool as Dr. Who’s bow tie” is how I’d put it…), it shows yet more musical styles of the ubiquitous harp guitar around the world.

Check it out!

  1. Thomas Nielsen Says:

    Very interesting find, there, Gregg. You must be a hell of a dancer to be able to keep a reasonably straight face, dancing to that (or rather keep your dancing partner’s face straight). It’s seriously feet-tripping stuff. But the music is fantastic to sit still to [hiding your feet under the table as they wobble trying to figure out which beat to sync with]. Absolutely brilliant.

    There is a very cool subheader on the Kerschbaum website: “Tradition is not worshipping the ashes, but passing on the fire”. Awsome philosophy from equally cool musicians.

    – Thomas

  2. Benoit Says:

    I kind of like that… Is it bad doctor? And don’t forget Schammelmusik from Vienna!

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