The Hardanger fiddle (or Hardingfele) looks very similar to the violin, but is typically very ornate, and has eight or nine strings. Four are bowed and fingered like a violin. The other strings pass under the fingerboard, and sing in sympathetic resonance to the other four.

It is effectively the national instrument of Norway, and closely associated with the folk and dance traditions of the country; each valley may have its own playing "dialect".

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Een, Andrea
Performs on the Hardanger fiddle, and teaches violin and viola; based in Minnesota, US. Includes her biography, discography, performance schedule, audio samples, and contact details.
Hardanger Fiddle Association of America
Organization preserving and promoting traditional Norwegian folk music and dance. Membership information, mailing lists, calendar, and FAQ.
Hardingfele
Otherwise known as the Hardanger fiddle, Norway's national instrument; Wikipedia article describes its construction, tuning, and playing style.
Twin Cities Hardingfelelag
A Hardanger fiddle group keeping the tradition alive; information about their activities and contact details. [Minneapolis, US]
Wulffenstejn Hardanger Fiddle and Mandolin Works
Luthier firm specializing Norwegian hardanger fiddles offers information about the instrument, how it is made; also offer a repair service, sales of fiddle accessories, and audio clips. [Utah, US]
Buen, Knut
A review of the fiddler's CD, "Hardanger Fiddle Music of Norway". (November 28, 1999)
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