Bellingham Folk Festival - 1-2020
, "keyed fiddle", or literally "key harp", plural nyckelharpor
) is a traditional Swedish musical instrument. It is a string instrument
. Its keys are attached to tangents which, when a key is depressed, serve as frets
to change the pitch of the string.
The nyckelharpa is similar in appearance to a fiddle
or the big Sorb geige
. Structurally, it is more closely related to the hurdy-gurdy
, both employing key-actuated tangents to change the pitch.