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Dullness

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 but often just seem so tired that I cannot get one out of its case to play. Does anyone else everget this way? Any thoughts or possible ideas?See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus
" Please look on Wikipedia under "Bows, Music, History. As it says "This article will give only the predominant opinion." There are minority opinions. It partially depends on where you are saying  "Central Asia"is,…"
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Ruth Lawrence replied to Donna Malus's discussion Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan
"This is pretty! and coincidentally, I was playing this last night on the alto recorder!"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a blog post

Rosining Your Bow

 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 bow…See More
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Ruth Lawrence commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post It's here! Gamble paid off
"Thank you for the info about the zither pins. I'll check tonight but I'm sure they're all aligned. Good to know also about the string gauges and the bow. Tonight I'll tune up the left side, and learn how to rosin the bow."
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post It's here! Gamble paid off
"  A good description Ruth, and I'd like to try to answer your questions. Having a spare zither pin might be helpful if when you play you psaltery you find one of your rail pins might be too deeply or wrongly notched. Look very closely that…"
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Ruth Lawrence posted a blog post

It's here! Gamble paid off

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 "the"…See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus
"  An excellent reference, Dave, I've enjoyed reading Flavius from your link. Thank you for finding that."
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Modern Pilgrim Overture on Bowed Psaltery and Mountain Dulcimer

"Thanks Cindy The first bridge in the video is on the Missouri side of highway 62 that crosses the Mississippi River near the place where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet. Dave"
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"Ruth No, I haven't posted this on FOTMD or ED.  I have posted it on Facebook. Dave"
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Terry Butler commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post First Post. Waiting for the Post.
"Enjoy your new (to you) psaltery.  Hope it's a good one, holds the notes well (may need a few tunings before it holds them better) and sounds wonderful.    "
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"Have you shared this on Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer?"
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Dave Holeton commented on Donna Malus's video
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"Thanks Ruth Your description fits the way I feel when playing Modern Pilgrim Overture.  Dave"
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Dave Holeton commented on Donna Malus's video
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"Thanks for posting this Donna I was a little shy about putting it on YouTube, but it's like I heard one person say "If you have music and don't share it, what good is it?" Dave"
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Ruth Lawrence commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post First Post. Waiting for the Post.
"I never thought of doing that. Will definitely give that a go. Thanks"
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Dullness

Started by Serenity in General BP Forum 9 hours ago. 0 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

Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Ruth Lawrence on Friday. 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

Tags: psalteries, zither, streichpsaltery, salterio, psaltry

Note strips for psaltery

Started by Nellie in General BP Forum. Last reply by Darby Hartman on Tuesday. 3 Replies

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

Need to buy a psaltery

Started by Darby Hartman in General BP Forum. Last reply by Charlie Marshall Jul 21. 1 Reply

My Granddaughter has expressed a desire for a bowed psaltry. Any one have one they would like to sell?

Folkcraft Highland Harp for sale

Started by glen scratchley in For Sale. Last reply by glen scratchley Jul 14. 2 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

D Tenor Bowed Psaltery for Sale

Started by Claudia Mahon in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Claudia Mahon Jul 14. 4 Replies

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

Buying my first BP. Need help choosing an instrument.

Started by Gail Wallace in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gail Wallace Jul 12. 4 Replies

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

Good news about Archie Smith

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Jul 6. 2 Replies

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

Tags: streichpsalter, salterio, ad, arco, zither

wind of change

Started by bob pryor in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Donna Malus Jul 6. 5 Replies

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

Sheet Music for October 2013 - Clergy's Lamentation

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Donna Malus Jul 6. 9 Replies

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

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Rosining Your Bow

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 24, 2014 at 10:30pm 0 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 10:40am 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 7 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.

Return to the psaltery

Posted by Sue K on February 7, 2014 at 9:46am 0 Comments

I'm so excited to return to my psaltery after a long absence. I have a beautiful Rick Long tenor that I am reacquainting myself with. I finally figured out how to start the DVD player and have reviewed the instructional DVD. Can't seem to get a clear sound out of my low G or A. I will keep working on it.

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Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
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James Jones Instruments
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Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
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Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
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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
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Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
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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

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