ABOUT THE ZITHER

The zither is a stringed instrument originating in the mid 1830s.  It is composed of 5 fretted fingerboard strings and a section of open strings (unfretted) strings.  The fingerboard is tuned as a Viola is tuned A,A,D,G,C and the remaining 35 strings are typically tuned in a circle of fifths starting at a-flat above middle C and proceeding downward.

Properly it is called a “concert zither”.

The basic instrument has many forms.  None of the forms is in any particular way utilitarian.  They are just “forms” and serve to confuse the beginner.  For example the Harp Zither has a “handle” like a harp.  It is tuned as any other concert zither is tuned.

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