Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Now, That's a Guitar — from Centuries Ago

Student: Zach

According to VSL (Very Short List), James Kline and Kornel Mariusz Radwanski formed their neo-Celtic group, Bardou, in France in 2001, and now they're on YouTube.

Go to the musicians' website, where you can watch Radwanski playing a centuries-old Swedish instrument called the nyckelharpa and Kline plays a harp guitar with 19 strings. Below you can see them playing an especially  "Greensleeves"—a song so old that Shakespeare referenced it in The Merry Wives of Windsor. ("Let the sky rain potatoes," Falstaff said as that play drew to its close. "Let it thunder to the tune of Greensleeves.")

How do you think the song might have sounded six centuries ago? As a guitarist yourself, what do you think of playing such an instrument? Easy, hard? Use this information to frame your feature story about these musicians. Your article should be at least 200 words in length.

Note the all of the links in the second paragraph of this assignment? Make certain that your post has as many meaningful links. Also include images and video clips.

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