I've actually wanted to play the jouhikko for a decade or so, but only recently actually got started learning. I found a player on YouTube who is skilled, musical, and has a long history of playing the instrument and I contacted him to ask about lessons. And he agreed to take me on as a student! I've had 6 lessons so far and it is well worth getting the formal teaching. We have to communicate over Skype and since he lives in Norway, our time zones are 10 hours different. Which means I have a lesson at 10:30 pm and he's teaching me at 8:30 am the next day.
Jouhikko is pronounced approximately as "YO-hee-ko." The emphasis is strongly on the first syllable, not on the second, as most English speakers would be more comfortable with.
This instrument is a bowed lyre. It has a gently arched bridge, so two strings are played at a time. The center string is normally played as a drone. Notes are played with the back of the fingers gently touching the horsehair strings. The bow is tensioned with the fingers of the bowing hand.