I play mountain dulcimer with a group here and more and more the psaltery is becoming popular and being incorporated into our gigs. The girls held a few sessions on instruction and i attendend and understand somewhat about changing to play the D…Continue
I lost a bid on ebay at the last minute..i was previously the only one bidding on a unicorn strings soprano for grands. They knew was an ebay bid but hate to disappoint and yet am not rich. There is one on there now in a box and i sent them a…Continue
Anyone here fancy composing music? We found a free on-line class that teaches the basics of composing classical music. It looks interesting and most of the assignments are self-assessed with a solution key, so it's pretty low stress.The course is…Continue
This is a new Psaltery I purchased from Rick a couple of months ago. For $650.00. I bought 2 Psaltery's at the time. A D psaltery and this Tenor. As I am trying to also learn the dulcimer I don't need both of these. It is quilted maple/ walnut…Continue
The Chinese Yacheng, in Mongolia known as the Yatugalig is a unique bowed instrument related to the Korean Anjaeng. Experimental Musical Instruments Magazine June '94 article by Sasha Bogdanowitsch on musicologist Bill Colvig tells how he brought…Continue
Hi - Does anybody know of an electronic tuner which will clip to a psaltery? I have a tuner but I have to use a pick-up which I attach to the psaltery and then connect to the tuner. I know you can get tuners for lots of instruments but none seem…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
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
The "Fischer's Fidola Mandolinette Zither" from the early 1900's is an interesting combination of individual strings available to be bowed or plucked that are also set up with push button springy hammers plus another set of strings arranged in chords to be strummed! One of these has recently shown up on E Bay with excellent close up pictures currently viewable on Google Images. Check it out on AntiquityMusic .com. "Zither Girl" has a video on You Tube titled "Zither Adventure Tour-Olde…Continue
Up until now, if I was asked what my all-time favorite song was I would have said “Ode to Joy”. Now I’m not sure that’s the right answer!
This past weekend at the East TN BP Gathering the comment was made that a piece of sheet music titled “Ode to Joy” was really called "Joyful, Joyful". This raised my curiosity and I did a little research.
Beethoven wrote his 9th and final complete symphony over a 7 year period, 1818-1824. By that time he was considered totally deaf (some…Continue
In Germany and most of Europe the rich town people,the powerful in their castles, cathedrals,and universities had their own diverse entertainments only sparingly experienced by the sometimes prosperous farmers living far from all that on the side of a mountain. These folks played their own music on their home made instruments for their own enjoyment. The Scheitholt (which means long log),Hummel (Bumble Bee!) and other musical instruments are brought to America by the Pennsylvania Dutch…Continue
I was at our dulcimer fest here in L.A. last weekend. Besides playing and visiting old friends I had 4 people give me a chance to play a little game I like to play- I ask them to look at their watches before I start showing them how to play. I have a way of turning the psaltery around and holding their right hand with my left hand guiding them up and down,pull push pull push,slide,sharps and flats Twinkle Twinkle, Doe a Deer,Ode to Joy,Yankee Doodle and we're done.OK how long did that…Continue
If I was still in school and the teacher asked me what I did on my summer vacation, I'd have to tell her about Violet.
Violet is a doll I made. She is all crochet and has her own bowed psaltery. As time allows I'm planning on making her some friends. Some of her friends will play bowed psaltery and some will play other folk instruments.
I hope you like her. She was very fun to create.…Continue
I'm currently working on being able to play with two bows at once. It fairly obvious that my left hand should be playing the "sharps" but I was wondering how other players handle the cross-overs between the bows so they don't get in the way of eachother when moving up and down the instrument.
Any comments or recommendations???
Lithuanians call their version of the Kantele a Kankle and claim an ancient history of playing them with one bowed lyre type. Gusle are the bowed group Jeremy mentions with Byzantine connections. However another group of plucked psalteries called Gusli are wide spread. Please Wikipedia and You Tube all these instruments.