Ancient Music

The Tremoloa

Tremola

    This one is a little wild! The tremoloa classifies as a 1-4 zither. It has one melody string and the standard four chord groups (16 strings). Hovering over the melody string is a contraption mounting a weighty roller and a steel thumb-pick. If you point the thumb-pick at the melody note you want on the paper scale, that will position the roller to act as a steel-guitar slide and supply you with the required string length. Between the pluck and the weight of the roller (bouncing up and down) you get a natural tremolo!

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