The Stone Fiddle

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The Stone Fiddle

The Stone Fiddle is an original stoneware instrument that is a hybrid of three instruments from different musical families. It's a two-stringed bowed instrument, similar to the violin and the Egyptian rebabba. The neck of the fiddle is a flute (in the picture above you can see the blow hole and finger holes on the side of the neck). The goatskin soundboard or resonator of the fiddle can be played as a drum. As a player, it's interesting to explore how the three systems interact. For example, when playing the instrument as a flute or drum, the strings sympathetically vibrate and produce their own sound.

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