fiddle’s most distinguishing feature is the four or five sympathetic strings that
run underneath the fingerboard and add echoing overtones to the sound. The traditional
playing style is heavily polyphonic. A melody voice is accompanied by a moving
Compare these two clips of the same slåtto hear how the sympathetic strings affect the Hardanger fiddle’s sound:
gangar.” Lande, Vidar.Norway:Fiddle and Hardanger Fiddle Music from Agder.UNESCO & AUVIDIS, 1996.
Osa, Sigbjørn.Hardingfela:The Hardanger Fiddle.Oslo:Musikk-Huset A/S, 1952.