Easy steps on learning how to make melodic variations on a 5-string kantele.



Playing runosong melodies on a 5-string kantele.


Going through Peša Patronen’s Ripatška phrase by phrase. Some information about the tradition is included.


A replica of the kantele which was bought in 1906 from the runosinger Iivana Shemeikka



A 51 min 30 sec rhythmical continuum on the 12-string replica from 1906.


Two 19th century northern style hollow kantele replicas made by Rauno Nieminen.



Experimenting different brass and bronze wires on 5-string kanteles made by Billy Horne.


Experimenting the changes in the sound when changing the string material from steel to bronze and brass, and also when changing the pitch.



The timbre difference between three different brass wires on the 5-string kantele made by Billy Horne.


Experimenting with two different thicknesses of bronze wire on an old 5-string  school kantele.



An improvisation on the 15-string kantele (made by Keijo Säteri, Leppävirta, Finland).


An example of making variations on an old dance tune – the original transciption from 1917.


Playing the steel and the brass string kantele with different techniques.



Kantele instruments in the historical museum of Hämeenlinna, Finland. (PDF in Finnish.)

Kantele instruments in the museum of Porvoo, Finland. (PFD in Finnish)

About the five-string kanteles in the Sibelius-Museum in Turku, Finland. (PDF in Finnish)

Information about three Karelian hollow kanteles in the National Museum of Finland (PDF in Finnish)

The kantele SM68 in the Sibelius-Museum in Turku, Finland. (PDF in Finnish)

The kantele SM811 in the Sibelius-Museum in Turku, Finland. (PDF in Finnish)