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Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing... with a too loud waterfall.

"Hey Darby, A friend of mine is now making the "psaltery lap block" you asked me about. He will charge $15 which includes shipping. Email me if you are interested. ( )"
Brenda Mangan replied to Linda Hamilton's discussion Double Bowing Technique
"Linda, glad it helped some. So far I was just doing "performance" in my videos and I hoped you could kind of see what I was talking about in them. You have inspired me to maybe do a video to show the technique, slow it down and talk…"
Linda Hamilton replied to Linda Hamilton's discussion Double Bowing Technique
"Thanks, Brenda! Your response and video have definitely helped! I've been working from the It's Easy to Play the Bowed Psaltery DVD and have found it good up to the point at which it shows two double bowed techniques. The first technique…"
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Brenda Mangan replied to Linda Hamilton's discussion Double Bowing Technique
"For me, it's more about the distance between consecutive notes. So if you have a farther distance to go be ready to use the other bow so you won't have that small gap jumping from one note to the other. Definitely use the same bow if it is…"
Linda Hamilton posted a discussion

Double Bowing Technique

Hi,My second bow arrived in the mail today and I can do some basic harmonies with the two bows now. However, I'm very interested in using the two bows together for fast melodies. What's the best way to go at it, though? Do I alternate notes so that one note is with the right bow and the next is with the left bow, even if it's a repeated note?Thanks.See More
Philippa Anne Reed commented on Jeremy Main's group Healers
"Has anyone had any interesting audio or visual phenomena reported when they listen to the BP? I played at a pub gig the other week (it's nice to take the BP into all sorts of environments!) and someone said that they heard overtones while I was…"
Debbie Jones is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Brenda Mangan posted a video

"Let it Snow" on the Bowed Psaltery

"Let it Snow" on the Bowed Psaltery, played by Brenda Mangan.
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's event A BOWED PSALTERY/DULCIMER GET TOGETHER DECEMBER 13, 2014
" This is happening tomorrow with quite a few people planning on dropping by for while mainly in the afternoon. We will have a food table and plenty to do! "
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Lori Hartman posted a status
"Hi - anyone in the Columbus, Ohio area that teaches bowed psaltry? Or anyone that plays? Let's get together . . ."
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K.Keller commented on Kato Makoto's video


"What a wonderful performance. The bright but chilly morning is further illuminated by this music."
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's event A BOWED PSALTERY/DULCIMER GET TOGETHER DECEMBER 13, 2014
" So far we have 5 people definitely coming, 5 maybes, and 10 or so maybe next times. Not surprising this time of year. If you are interested in being on our mailing list for this or next time use Email above. "
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K.Keller commented on Kelly Landaker's photo

My super find!

"Nice find. Looks quite nice and I hope it will sing sweetly for you when strung. Happy holidays."
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My super find!

Amazing the things you can come across while giving the house a good cleaning!
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Double Bowing Technique

Started by Linda Hamilton in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Mangan yesterday. 3 Replies

Hi,My second bow arrived in the mail today and I can do some basic harmonies with the two bows now. However, I'm very interested in using the two bows together for fast melodies. What's the best way to go at it, though? Do I alternate notes so that…Continue

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Problems with Bowing

Started by Lori Hartman in The Bow. Last reply by Lori Hartman Dec 11. 3 Replies

I am a beginner with a Folkcraft psaltry and bow.  The bow is brand new.  I am not sure why there is hardly any sound when I bow psaltry.  What is wrong?Thanks.LoriContinue

Restringing a Unicorn Strings Bowed Psaltery

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Dec 6. 6 Replies

  Just recently I completely restrang a Unicorn on all its strings so here's a few tips: You don't have to restring their way, just restring the strings individually.The strings it came with were tied off at the tuning pin. You don't have to do…Continue

Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.

Started by Brenda Owens in For Sale. Last reply by Joanne Bois Nov 27. 4 Replies

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

instruction books and DVDs

Started by Gail Wallace in General BP Forum. Last reply by K.Keller Nov 21. 3 Replies

Hi folks!  Finally have my new BP (2 1/2 octave from Song of the Wood) - stopped at their shop on our way down to FL for the winter.  However, last summer I bought a Unicorn Celtic psaltery on e-bay - had bows, bag, etc. for $175.  Unfortunately,…Continue

The 2014 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum Nov 9. 0 Replies

Hi All, I'm just back from my vacation during which I participated in the 2014 ETBPG.....the event was wonderful. Every year it gets better and I didn't think it could top last year. A big thanks to Rick Long for hosting the event, and Paul Sykes…Continue

Tags: zither, Gathering, psaltry, psalteries, streichpsalter


Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in General BP Forum. Last reply by Peter Tommerup Nov 3. 4 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

Spam from this site.

Started by Denis Jackson in General BP Forum. Last reply by Madelyn Oct 28. 6 Replies

All,I have just received an email from a "member" of this group. It read like this:Stephanie Assa added a comment to your profile on Psaltery Strings:Hello Dear,How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short…Continue

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Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by susan ballard Oct 27. 8 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

Anybody in Southern California

Started by Darby Hartman in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by K.Keller Oct 16. 1 Reply

Besides Greg and me. We had quite a few players at Greg's workshop at the Harvest Festival.Doesn't have to be a BP just any kind of folk music club.Continue


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Posted by K.Keller on December 5, 2014 at 11:10am 3 Comments

Had a needle biopsy yesterday which indicates that I do not have cancer! Am celebrating today!!!!

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…


What I'm working on at the moment

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on September 18, 2014 at 12:57pm 3 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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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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.

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