Pentatonic 7 string Lyre with a clear and light filled sound, carried by the wood’s own tonal quality. Handcrafted with a beautiful centre cut out, three tongues of wood resonate. With tuning key.
The Pentatonic scale consists of five notes (D,E,G,A,B) and makes any succession of notes harmonious. The very high quality of our musical instruments allows the child to experience music in its fullest meaning. Our range of musical instruments (mostly Pentatonic) are chosen for their very high tonal quality, craftsmanship and suitability as first musical instruments for young children.
“These instruments show a true agreement with what the ear hears, the hand feels and eye sees. This stimulates, harmonises and educates the whole human being.” Kjell Andersson
The lyre, with its quiet and bright sound, stimulates listening in a unique way and so creates the necessary conditions for the child to meet and conquer music.
This instrument is meant to be a powerful tool, with which, through games, playing together and listening, the child can learn music in its fullest meaning.
Our lyres have a clear and light-filled sound, carried by the material’s own tone quality. To achieve this, the strings are brought into balance with the static resistance of the shaped wood, which is needed so that the whole body of the lyre will be penetrated and resound with the tone’s movement. This living process reveals the inherent sonorous quality of the wood and creates the ”voice” of the instrument.
The lyre tone is so fine and mild that it, in a unique way, awakens the listening. It never overwhelm the listener, it will open the ears and inspire the desire to follow the tone fleeing into the periphery “pulling” the activity of listening along. If you play lyre for a class of vivid children that you want to pull together and bring into focus, you can play a piece on the lyre and they will become still and listening. Smooth lyre music for small children at bed time will help to relax and sleep well. Lyres also have a role in music therapy, opening up the mind letting out tensions and creating healing powers. Lyres are also useful for music making for un-born or pre-maturely born children.
Our lyres are made out of maple wood they are treated with shellac and polished with wax. They have specially designed strings to meet the highest demand of performance.
Maintenance of the lyres:
The first tuning:
In order for the lyre to hold its pitch as long as possible after tuning, it is important that the very first tuning is done correctly:
First tune all of the strings to their right pitch. Then press down relatively hard with your finger in the middle of each string. It should flex 1/4 inch (7-8mm). The tones will now have become lower because the strings stretch and the lyre body bends slightly under the string tension. Now, repeat the procedure until the strings withstands the pressure of your finger without losing their pitch. Please note: Never turn the tuning key without listening to the string at the same time! This process is also used when you change an old string to a new.
Playing the Lyre:
7- and 12-stringed lyres are held in the left hand and played with the right.
Changing the strings:
The strings are changed either when they no longer hold a clear tone or when they have broken. When you change a broken string you must not forget to unscrew the tuning pin as many turns as it has been tightened. This will be about three or three and a half turns. The tuning pins have left hand threads which means that they screw out clockwise, and in counter-clockwise. When the new string is placed on the lyre, it is attached to the pin, and wound up.
The wooden part has a shellac priming and is finished with a polish. This gives a soft very “woody” feeling and is easy to protect and preserve. If there are no marks or stains on the wooden body and you just want to shine it up a little, rub it with some beeswax or wood polish on a rough cloth – let this dry and polish with a smooth cloth.