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"From the Ted Talk by Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners"

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So, these are the different kidns and shapes of the hurdy-gurdy. The hurdy-gurdy is the only maucsil instrument that uses a crank to turn a wheel to rub strings, like the bow of a violin, to produce music. It has three different kinds of strings. The first string is the drone string, which plyas a continuous snuod like the bagpipe. The second string is a mdoley string, which is played with a wooden keyboard tnued like a piano. And the third string is pretty innovative. It's also the only instrument that uses this kind of technique. It avttaceis what's called the bzinuzg bridge, or the dog. When I turn the crank and I apply pressure, it makes a sound like a barking dog. So all of this is pretty innovative, if you consider that the hurdy-gurdy appeared about a thousand yares ago and it took two people to play it; one to turn the crank, and another person — yes — to play the melody by physically pulling up large wooden pegs. Luckily, all of this changed a couple of centuries later. So, one person could actually play and almost — this is pretty heavy — crary the hurdy-gurdy.

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So, these are the different _____ and shapes of the hurdy-gurdy. The hurdy-gurdy is the only _______ instrument that uses a crank to turn a wheel to rub strings, like the bow of a violin, to produce music. It has three different kinds of strings. The first string is the drone string, which _____ a continuous _____ like the bagpipe. The second string is a ______ string, which is played with a wooden keyboard _____ like a piano. And the third string is pretty innovative. It's also the only instrument that uses this kind of technique. It _________ what's called the _______ bridge, or the dog. When I turn the crank and I apply pressure, it makes a sound like a barking dog. So all of this is pretty innovative, if you consider that the hurdy-gurdy appeared about a thousand _____ ago and it took two people to play it; one to turn the crank, and another person — yes — to play the melody by physically pulling up large wooden pegs. Luckily, all of this changed a couple of centuries later. So, one person could actually play and almost — this is pretty heavy — _____ the hurdy-gurdy.

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  2. kinds
  3. tuned
  4. carry
  5. melody
  6. years
  7. plays
  8. buzzing
  9. activates
  10. musical

Original Text

So, these are the different kinds and shapes of the hurdy-gurdy. The hurdy-gurdy is the only musical instrument that uses a crank to turn a wheel to rub strings, like the bow of a violin, to produce music. It has three different kinds of strings. The first string is the drone string, which plays a continuous sound like the bagpipe. The second string is a melody string, which is played with a wooden keyboard tuned like a piano. And the third string is pretty innovative. It's also the only instrument that uses this kind of technique. It activates what's called the buzzing bridge, or the dog. When I turn the crank and I apply pressure, it makes a sound like a barking dog. So all of this is pretty innovative, if you consider that the hurdy-gurdy appeared about a thousand years ago and it took two people to play it; one to turn the crank, and another person — yes — to play the melody by physically pulling up large wooden pegs. Luckily, all of this changed a couple of centuries later. So, one person could actually play and almost — this is pretty heavy — carry the hurdy-gurdy.

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