WrenSong Kanteles

Several sopranino kanteles in development

Several sopranino kanteles in development

The kantele complements the Native American flute wonderfully. These are delightful instruments and easy to learn to play.  They may take some time like the ukulele and Native American style flute to learn to play well.

The kanteles I make are 5-string versions.  My favorite of the three kanteles I make is a tiny 5-string sopranino kantele.

The sopranino (also called piccolo)  kantele is a small 5-stringed instrument that plays the highest tones with its strings. I love this because it is so portable and tiny.  You hold it in one hand and fingerpick with the other.  I suppose you could also strum this instrument, if you have small hands, but I prefer the harp-like sound achieved with fingerpicking.

Book with instruction and music for the Kantele

kantele_songbookI’ve created a 32-page book for the kantele. The book includes directions on how to tune and play the kantele. The book also includes fingerings for several songs.

I developed the kantele book based on requests from people who purchased my kanteles and said they’d love to have a music book.

I sell kanteles online here on  this website.  If you are looking for something specific, contact me.

Two sizes of kanteles: sopranino and 5-string.

Two sizes of kanteles: sopranino and 5-string.

The larger 5-string kanteles are typically made with with woodburned soundboards (as illustrated by the goldfinch kantele).   With a lower pitch than the sopranino, it’s a relaxing instrument to play.

Each time I build one, I fall in love with it and don’t want to part with it.  But the house gets full of instruments and we need to make room for the next ones.

You can hear the 5-string kantele and a sopranino kantele in the clip below. If you want to hear a Native American flute with the kanteles, you can check out the blog post on the kanteles.  

There’s been no “editing of sound” such as compression or reverb.  You’re getting the true sound recorded by an H2 Zoom plugged in to my laptop.  There is a fade out, and the sopranino was a little closer to the microphone.  Both instruments are tuned to D major (A, G, F#, E, D) and are shown in the photo (above).