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What I'm working on at the moment

Well this year is going fast! But I've been finding some time here and there to practice BP. I play mountain dulcimer with friends as a sort of ad hoc string band on a weekly basis. A few weeks ago I took the BP in to show it off. It was universally liked as a "cool" interesting instrument with an interesting sound. The double bass player naturally laughed his head off at my tiny little bow.So the BP has been enlisted to accompany a contemporary christian hymn called Revelation Song. The leader…See More
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"The Gift of Love" on Bowed Psaltery

"Lovely, I love the harmony doing it's own thing and not just mirroring the melody."
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Darby Hartman replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion A BOWED PSALTERY/DULCIMER CLUB STARTING UP IN ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA
"Count me in. I was totaly bumed in missing out last Sunday."
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"Thank you, Nozomi! I find it very interesting that an American Appalachian traditional tune is being used in a Japanese TV show. This tune is so beautiful to me and has always been a very favorite of mine. It makes me happy to know the Japanese…"
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Brenda Mangan replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion A BOWED PSALTERY/DULCIMER CLUB STARTING UP IN ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA
"This sounds wonderful, I hope you get good response. Too bad California is too far from South Carolina or I would come! "
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A BOWED PSALTERY/DULCIMER CLUB STARTING UP IN ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA

   A fairly large turnout at Harvest of Dulcimers encourages me to suggest starting an at least once a month Dulcimer/Bowed Psaltery get together at my home in Arcadia CA. The house is large enough with a shady backyard, leave a message for us here on my member page if your interested in joining us.See More
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"Very nice, Brenda-san! You really sound like two people are playing alternatively.  In this spring, Water Is Wide is used in a TV drama series in Japan and became popular.   Nozomi"
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K.Keller commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's event Harvest Festival of Dulcimers
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"This is also the tune of "The Water is Wide""
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"The Gift of Love" on Bowed Psaltery

The second verse is done left handed so I could add a sort of descant with my right hand bow. "The Gift of love" is a hymn based on a Traditional Appalachian...
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A BOWED PSALTERY/DULCIMER CLUB STARTING UP IN ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in General BP Forum. Last reply by Darby Hartman 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

   A fairly large turnout at Harvest of Dulcimers encourages me to suggest starting an at least once a month Dulcimer/Bowed Psaltery get together at my home in Arcadia CA. The house is large enough with a shady backyard, leave a message for us here…Continue

Folkcraft Highland Harp for sale

Started by glen scratchley in For Sale. Last reply by glen scratchley Sep 5. 6 Replies

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

Dullness

Started by Serenity in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Sep 1. 8 Replies

Ugh! I have reached a point of what I would call "dullness"...I have not played any of my psalteries in over a month Between gardening/canning, work, weddings, work, funerals and family reunions I cannot seem to ever find the time. I NEED to play…Continue

Beginner Bowing

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in General BP Forum. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Aug 20. 2 Replies

 When starting a tune or a new phrase in a tune its better to start with a PULL. "Twinkle Twinkle little star" works out as:  PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL. Right here you have to take your last pull's momentum around in a small a circle…Continue

How to determine hitch pin spacing on a 3 octave psaltery

Started by Ron Marr in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Ron Marr Aug 20. 2 Replies

While I build a bunch of different types of instruments (www.marrsguitars.com) I've got the urge to build a psaltery or two. Love the sound, especially in the baritone range. Plus, I'm a bit burned out after…Continue

Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Dave Fournier Aug 2. 6 Replies

I've started work on PS Music Book Vol. 2 and was wondering what songs you might like to see in Volume 2.Please post your suggestions here, I'd love to hear from you. Remember, songs must be in the Public Domain. If you're not sure, I'll double…Continue

List of bowed psaltery luthiers updated July 2013

Started by Donna Malus in Psaltery Builders and Merchants. Last reply by Russell Cook/Master Works Jul 31. 4 Replies

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon and Terry Kirbyhttp://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/330-3230618 From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos…Continue

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Note Position Markers

Started by Rick Long in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Darby Hartman Jul 28. 31 Replies

I'm in a discussion with a customer that is ordering two custom psalteries.  One of his requests is for me to change the notes that I mark with dots. I have always marked the C's on the chromatic psalteries with a single dot.  I recently started…Continue

Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Ruth Lawrence Jul 25. 5 Replies

The music for June is an old Welsh lullaby called Suo Gan.I first heard Suo Gan when I saw the movie Empire in the Sun. It was a theme song for the movie and hauntingly beautiful sung by a boy's choir. The song was played during the most emotional…Continue

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What I'm working on at the moment

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on September 18, 2014 at 12:57pm 0 Comments

Well this year is going fast! But I've been finding some time here and there to practice BP. I play mountain dulcimer with friends as a sort of ad hoc string band on a weekly basis. A few weeks ago I took the BP in to show it off. It was universally liked as a "cool" interesting instrument with an interesting sound. The double bass player naturally laughed his head off at my tiny little bow.

So the BP has been enlisted to accompany a contemporary christian hymn called Revelation Song.…

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Rosining Your Bow

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 24, 2014 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

 If you try to play with a brand new bow with brand new horse hair on a brand new string nothing will happen. No sound whatsoever. Often a luthier will when the hair has been properly a fixed to the bow use prepowdered rosin and work it in thoroughly coating every hair, as besides supplying traction where it meets the string it also acts as weather proofing and preservative, it was part of the mummification process used by the Egyptians. For a normal getting ready to play rosining hold the…

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It's here! Gamble paid off

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on July 24, 2014 at 8:40am 2 Comments

The new (to me) psaltery arrived yesterday so I had the pleasure of opening up the box and finally seeing it in the flesh (err... wood?)  I was immediately struck by how beautiful it is, finely made. The low resolution photos on the Goodwill auction site do not do it justice. The soundhole design is more delicate than I expected. I could see a label inside but it was difficult to read through the soundhole's fretwork. The label appeared to be printed in a cursive font - I could make out…

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First Post. Waiting for the Post.

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on July 21, 2014 at 9:10pm 3 Comments

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…

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Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: W.F.Flood

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 21, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

  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…

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Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 15, 2014 at 11:30am 8 Comments

  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…

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It never leaves you

Posted by bob pryor on June 13, 2014 at 2:19am 0 Comments

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. 

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Aeolian Harps

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 2, 2014 at 10:27am 0 Comments

 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…

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care of psaltery

Posted by Irene Gendron on March 21, 2014 at 5:37pm 3 Comments

I am interested to know how to clean the strings and peg of my psaltery. I know to use a soft brush (either paint or makeup) for the instrument.

Nancy Barker's sister died

Posted by K.Keller on March 15, 2014 at 8:50pm 0 Comments

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.

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Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

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Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
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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
http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/

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.
1-304-575-0998
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
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.
(717) 632-8099
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
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Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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