Ordered a 30 string unicorn from The Folk Shop for grands, but as was used did not have note strips Where can i get these? Dont see them seperately on shop sites.ThxNellieContinue
I have a friend would like to sell a 1990s Folkcraft Highland HarpI understand that this is not the appropriate listing site. I have no experience with harps; can someone recommend a site where it might be listed?thanks,Continue
I have a beautiful D Tenor psaltery made by Rick Long of Ringing Strings a year ago. I am a cellist and play have a D Tenor Bowed Psaltery for sale. I purchased this instrument directly from Rick Long, of Ringing Strings, a year ago to compliment my…Continue
Hi. I'm a new member who does not own a BP yet. I've been looking on-line at both new and used. I need some guidance. I play the piano and hammered dulcimer, and a couple of years ago played my friend's BP immediately loving it. I'm short so I'm…Continue
I was very happy to find this article about Archie Smith. If you recall, Archie cut off three fingers while building his psalteries. The doctors were able to reattach two of them and he's back to building psalteries.Here's a link to the article I…Continue
Hi,ive been away from the site for a few months, but to me there seems to be a change taking place. Looking at the videos etc, there seems to be less normal bowed psalterys, more other members of the family. Also where there are B S being played, it…Continue
It seems I'm on a Turlough O'Carolan kick...here is Clergy's Lamentation, probably my favorite O'Carolan melody. We played it one year at the symphony and may play it again next year.It is a lamentation so it would be played slowly, but I have heard…Continue
I think this qualifies as an article on the Bowed Psaltery!It's Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries, a videographer did a short documentary on then and the bowed psaltery.See the Spring Creek Psalteries Documentary <iframe width="560"…Continue
Renaissance Faire season is quickly approaching and if your looking for more tunes to practice up on I recommend checking out Tielman Susato's collection of dance music,"The Danserye","Het derde musyck boexken...alderhaude danserye" (1551) Many…Continue
I have a psaltery on its way. It should arrive this Wednesday. I've bought it online, second-hand via Goodwill auction. A gamble, but I think it will be fine. Fingers crossed!
I've never played a bowed instrument so I know the bowing technique will not be easy but I'm patient. I do read music and understand how you're meant to play the psaltery - what the strings mean. This is a 2-octave, and I think it's right handed. Now I'm a left handed person - but play other…Continue
According to Victorian age musicologist W.F.Flood in his book "History of Irish Music" "The Timpan was, in reality, a small stringed instrument, having from three to eight strings and was played with a bow or plectrum, being also called a Benn Crot,or peaked harp, by an ancient Irish writer. Recent research has almost conclusively proven thay the Nabla or Psalterium-a favorite Celtic instrument from the seventh to eleventh century was generally of eight strings, and hence called the…Continue
Flavius Josephus was one of the most amazingly successful personalities of his time period, (at least he thought so), His incredible life story, A.D. 37 to 100, is available on wikipedia etc. Among the many volumes of books he wrote to explain Jewish traditions, theology,and history to the Roman world, he states in Book #7 Chapter 12 paragraph 3 of "Antiquities of the Jews": "And now David being free from wars and dangers and enjoying for the future a profound peace, composed of songs and…Continue
it s strange, ive not played my B s for some time, the other day I herd a track by my favourite west country group, the yetties, Lawn sunset. Played on the Bs. I just had to have a go and have a go at it. I sat on the end of the bed and lost myself in music for half hour. I'd forgotten how relaxing the B s could be.
I like to put my Bowed Psaltery on top of my shoulder point straight up with my ear against the back, rotate my body position so that I expose the strings to any breeze or wind blowing by, pick a location on the side of a hill with a nice view and let the wind play my psaltery! Different winds produce resonances that can build in intensity and then fade into soft wispy swirling. If the breeze allows bring your psaltery down to were you can bow along. A word of caution, prolonged exposure to…Continue
Some of us have attended Kentucky Music Week and enjoyed bowed psaltery lessons. So you might wish to know Nancy Barker's sister Gloria J. Lewis died a few days ago. "Miss Gloria" was a well known pianist in Louisville, KY and beyond.If you know Nancy you surely respect her including instruments beyond the dulcimer so that many of us have a gathering place to learn and jam and make new musical buddies.Those Johnson girls have helped a lot us grow.
The much profaned Tromba Marina was originally a bowed single monochord used for both sacred and profane music. Classical paintings show a wide range of sizes being played with the bow on top with finger stopping the string from below,sometimes outfitted with a "floating bridge" meant to create special effects, one or two drone strings and later internal sympathetic strings were installed to increase resonance. In the late 1700's a version called the Trumscheit was developed by German folk…Continue
Wishing all a blessed Christmas and 2014. I have beem enjoying learning a few Christmas carols. Husband an friends are nice enough to listen an say well done. I still think psaltery, s make such sweet music. Blessing to all