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Cheryl Schweitzer posted a status
"Currently learning Breton Tune and The Cuckoo."
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Bubba Jordan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"Greensleeves" on Bowed Psaltery

"Such a beautiful classic song.Thank U Gregg for posting it."
15 hours ago
Bubba Jordan replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion learning to read music
"I will have to check that one out.Thanks!!!!"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video
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Tom Cox replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion learning to read music
"I'm using an app on my iPhone to learn to read music. Works great for me as any time I have a moment I can work on it. There is an app for android called learn music notes but I have not used that app. BTW I'm  70, your right about…"
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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"The Cuckoo's Welcome" on Bowed Psaltery

"Oh, Thank you for sharing that link, Gregg! I love their enthusiasm, the hurdy gurdy, the dancing. How much fun they all look like they are having."
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"The Cuckoo's Welcome" on Bowed Psaltery

" Thank you Brenda, you might be interested in the way these folks play it..."
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"The Cuckoo's Welcome" on Bowed Psaltery

"Thanks again, Gregg. Love hearing you play."
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"Aye Me" Playford Tune on Bowed Psaltery

"What a lovely tune. Thanks, Gregg."
Charlie Marshall replied to Linda Hamilton's discussion Tenor Psaltery?
"Linda, I have a few 30 stringed tenors available. I'm also in the final stages of completing a couple this week to increase my Christmas inventory.  Are you looking for a new one or used?  The psalteries I build start on a G ( lowest…"
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Linda Hamilton posted a discussion

Tenor Psaltery?

Hi,Does anyone have a 30-string tenor Psaltery (preferably with the lowest string as F) for sale. I live in Canada.Thanks.LindaSee More
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Sue Wheeler

"Hello, Sue Wheeler, I just learned there are two of us Sue Wheelers on Psaltery Strings. I'm at the Bowed Psaltery workshop at Cedarlakes Conference Center this week, with Tish and Greg. My identity alarm is overridden by my delight in finding…"
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Philippa Anne Reed-Songs from the Psaltery

Much gratitude again to Sarah Alexander for inviting me to play psaltery for her meditations on Saturday, during which, I also learnt so much - not just about the different levels of consciousness and their frequencies - but also where my own music fits in to that, in true practise. Such an exciting journey is…

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Bubba Jordan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"BELFAGAN" on Bowed Psaltery

"Well just awesome as always Gregg! I look forward to each video you post.Thank You and keep the videos coming!there's so much a novice like myself can learn watching your BP playing techniques.Thank you again!"
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learning to read music

Started by Bubba Jordan in General BP Forum. Last reply by Bubba Jordan 15 hours ago. 2 Replies

I have begun to teach myself to read music over the last couple of days.(Thanks to Tish Westman and our conversation here back in August about chords and notes).I really want to encourage other's to do the same!I drawed out the scale starting at G…Continue

Your learning to play WHAT!

Started by Bubba Jordan in General BP Forum yesterday. 0 Replies

Yep I was actually asked this in a MUSIC STORE the other day.I don't know who in shock the most,him the owner's son for asking,or me being asked by him.This is a family owned music store quite nice I might add.With a large area for teaching many…Continue

Tenor Psaltery?

Started by Linda Hamilton in For Sale. Last reply by Charlie Marshall on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Hi,Does anyone have a 30-string tenor Psaltery (preferably with the lowest string as F) for sale. I live in Canada.Thanks.LindaContinue

Setting up with the Tripod

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Sep 25. 3 Replies

I have been making trips with my new psaltery, which has required taking down and setting up several times. I have a baritone psaltery from Roosebeck, a platform from JamesJonesInstruments, and the Zeiko 77" tripod that Rick Long recommends. The…Continue

Anyone in the Netherlands who can fix my BP?

Started by Niek de Gier in How can I ..... ? Sep 17. 0 Replies

Hey all! I live in the Netherlands and I inherited a bowed psaltery. I would love to play it. However, the strings are really old, as well as the tuning mechanism. I wonder if there are any BP builders/maintainers in the Netherlands in this…Continue

Tags: tuning, strings, Holland, Netherlands, fix

Medieval and early music

Started by Suzette in Sheet Music to Share. Last reply by Eldona Mellen Sep 12. 7 Replies

Does anyone know of a web site or book that has medieval or early music?I would love to find a site that offers the music both written and audio files as well.  Cause - well, I dont read music - but you never know when it will gel with what I hear.…Continue

Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery

Started by Joyce Hibbard in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Joyce Hibbard Sep 9. 10 Replies

I am seeking instructions to build or perhaps a diagram of a stand that I can put my Baritone Psaltery in.  It was built with no support insert so it is not able to have a screw mechanism in the back. Continue

Tags: Stands, Psaltery


Started by Tom Cox in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles Aug 29. 0 Replies

I just received my psaltry and have a question about the rosin. The psaltry was built in 1994 and the rosin that came with it is that old I'm sure. Should the rosin be somewhat soft? Mine is hard and not sure if I should replace it.Continue

Old Timer's Day

Started by Serenity in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Aug 27. 1 Reply

This coming September 25-27 is "Old Timer's Day" in Townsend, TN. Its their annual fall festival and folks come from all over to look at how things were done in the 'old days'. Its a fun even, lots of blue grass, dulcimer and "old timey" music going…Continue

suggested books

Started by Bubba Jordan in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Bubba Jordan Aug 23. 4 Replies

Ok.I don't read music at all.So I'm interested in learning,but I wouldn't know where to begin.Is there any books I could get to learn how to read music.Or other suggestions,I can't afford a teacher right now.Thank U for any advice that U all may…Continue


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Bowed Psaltery Relative: The Dan Bau

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

 The Bowed Psaltery consists of a scale of individual strings each tuned to a specific pitch and arranged to be played upon one at a time by a bow. Each individual string is a musical instrument in its self called a Monochord. Monochords are the earliest stringed instruments with all others progressing from that first development. Many different Monochords were developed by many cultures though out history. One of these, the Vietnamese Dan Bau, sometimes described as a prehistoric Theremim,…


My bowed psaltery debut, plus I'm all set up!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on August 21, 2015 at 6:54am 0 Comments

Ten days after acquiring my bowed psaltery (baritone), I was able to play some tunes as my cousins scattered ashes--both of their parents had died last year. The service was brief, informal, but beautiful, on the banks of the Sauble River.The guitar player and I each found a seat on moss covered tree limbs. I was told my music was very significant. Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Come by the Hills, and a little noodling. In other news, my James Jones platform came yesterday and I'm all set up…


Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 2 Comments

  When you bravely take your Bowed Psaltery out in public you have to be prepared to say, "It's a Bowed Psaltery" while playing and explain about it little, so many people are amazed they have never seen one before and need to know "What is that?" RIGHT NOW! "How do you play the strings in the middle?" Is a pretty common question. You get all possible reactions ranging from complete indifference to absolute "Stop that and go away or I will hurt you." But you will find many people are…


The Passing of Jean Ritchie

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on June 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment  If you look at one of the photos with this article about Jean Ritchie's life you might notice a Bowed Psaltery in the back ground. Jean and I crossed paths at different folk events often enough that she remembered my name and encouraged my Bowed…


Favorite bows.

Posted by Terry Butler on April 30, 2015 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

I've tried quite a few kinds of bows including violin bows. My favorites are the light weight ones that Rick Long makes and I must have 5 or six sets including 2 double connected bows. Synthetic is OK but can be rather worthless in high humidity.  Was playing outside on a rainy day under a trailer awning and couldn't get any sound with those!  Like no rosin at all no sound.  Dark horsehair seems to grab the strings best in situations like that.  Tend to prefer the horsehair now since then.…


problem with wound strings Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in …

Posted by Mouth Bow on April 8, 2015 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

problem with wound strings
Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in the zipper to get the string through the hole if you're wanting a deep bass on a bowed psaltery like Alto flatwound is the way to go you'll feel it through the ran shivers down me it was so beautiful of a sound. Continue

Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on March 24, 2015 at 9:55pm 4 Comments

  First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…


Psalteries welcome at our folk music jam on 4th Tuesdays in So, Cal. U.S.A.

Posted by Bea Romano on March 3, 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!  

I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A.  You can find details at  Hope we can make music together!



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The Passing of Pete Shutler of the Yetties

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on September 30, 2014 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

 It is with a feeling of great loss I call the attention of the world wide Bowed Psaltery community to the passing of Pete Shutler of the English folk group the Yetties, September 23,2014. Pete was a multi-instrumentalist and singer but also the most famous Bowed Psaltery player of the 20th century. On the Yetties' albums he played "King of the Fairies",a medley of "Parson"s Farewell and Hundson House he called "Beau Psaltery", "Coventry Carol", and other tunes on the Bowed Psaltery. One…



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Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

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Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
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