Ancient Lyre Plectrum (two) – Animal Bone – Authentic Ancient Pick for Stringed Instruments – Top Quality Artefact & Actual Playing Picks
This listing is for two of our authentic ancient Greek picks for stringed instruments, which during the antiquity were called “plectrums” (i.e. a plectrum is a small flat tool used to pluck or strum a stringed instrument). They are made using animal bone, as Ancient Greeks were doing among the others (there were both wooden and animal bones during the antiquity).
Ancient Greeks were using plectrums for playing the lyre, but today they can be used for any stringed instrument as a different kind of pick and add different playing styles to your technique.
In the package you will get two authentic plectrums, both made by animal bone. What’s more, they come with a leather string to attach them to your ancient lyre or another stringed musical instrument.
The dimensions of every plectrum varies, as they depend on the raw material available at any given time. Approximately, their length is 8-12 cm, their width 2-4 cm and their thickness 0.5 cm.
Michael Levy, one of the most well-known ancient lyre players around the world, recently got his ancient plectrum by Luthieros and commented (among the others) in public:
“The extra mass of the plectrum, (compared with my not-so authentic guitar pick!) enables much better sounding ‘string stopping’ techniques at the bridge (using the plectrum as a fret at the top of the string to raise its pitch by either a semitone or microtone).
The extra mass of the bone plectrum enables it to be used as a fret at the top of the strings to create accidentals and microtones, or for really cool effects like sliding the plectrum along the length of a vibrating string to create portamento! Surprisingly, effects like a Simsimiyya style tremolo work even better with this plectrum than on a modern guitar pick, which I used on my other lyres. Block and strum technique with this plectrum provides extra volume than a guitar pick, but it is a little more difficult to rapidly change the direction of the strumming pattern with the lack of flexibility in the authentic bone plectrum.
The best thing about these authentic bone plectrums in the leather cord, attaching the plectrum to the lyre at all times – what a clever idea of the ancients…it is literally impossible to ever lose the plectrum!”
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