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Tish Westman commented on Donna Malus's event 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony
" Hello to all BP players.. I am sad to see those names on the list that will not be able to attend this year but will look for you next year.... Thank you all so much for your patience.  Especially want to Thank Donna Malus for her…"
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Brenda Mangan replied to Peter T Cook's discussion Droning
"Hey Peter, Brenda Mangan here, not Donna. But I can say drone notes are usually what the base, or lowest, note of any accompanying cord would be. Or sometime the second note of any accompanying cord. So if you have sheet music, you can go by that.…"
yesterday
Donna Malus commented on Donna Malus's event 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony
"This recently in from Tish Westman!!!! Hello, hello, hello BP Players, Quick note... Registration is open on our website to participate in this years symphony....  still a FREE event...yeah! Bowed Psaltery--Westman Instruments--Everthing Bowed…"
yesterday
Laura commented on Donna Malus's event 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony
"Hi all, A friend of mine found a 20 string psaltery on Amazon.  It is from a company called  Zither Heaven Children's 20 String Maple Bowed Psaltery,  She was going to purchase this for her grandchildren.  Does anyone know…"
Friday
Peter T Cook posted a discussion

Droning

Donna,You suggested appropriate drone notes in your BP book. Is there a musical formula to determine these recommendations? Or???????Thanks,PeterSee More
Thursday
MAGGIE HOVER commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Balance the Straw" Played on Bowed Psaltery

"Gregg, beautiful!!  I've been busy keeping up with music I can bring to the "jam" groups I play with, plus all that goes on around this place. I hope to get over to Arcadia soon, with your bows. the big news is that after you…"
Wednesday
Richard Blumberg commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Portsmouth" Played on a Bowed Psaltery

"Gregg,   Very nice, thanks for sharing."
Tuesday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey updated their profile
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Charlie Marshall replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
"I would agree with Rick Long regarding the need to utilize a tripod which uses an all metal mounting system.  One of my students uses a tripod that is designed for today's lighter digital cameras.  Unfortunately, it has a plastic…"
Tuesday
Rick Long replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
"Hi folks,  I just spoke to Brian by phone.  Thought I should clarify the information about my psaltery tripod holder.  You can see the pictures and information at the bottom of the Tenor page on my website.  When you get there,…"
Tuesday
Brenda Mangan replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
"I ordered mine from him when I bought my psaltery from him about 2 1/2 years ago. It was around $30 if I remember right. It works great and is adjustable to fit several sizes. Contact him about it. I think he kind of makes them to order, rather than…"
Monday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
" Rick should be contacted about his stands, Ringing Strings is the name of his company,  http://ringingstrings.com  When we got ours he was still working on how much to charge for them. "
Monday
Brian M Nusser replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
"Just one question,.....how long ago did you purchase your mount from Mr. Long? Another member of this website stated that they bought one from him as well! Maybe I just didn't look in the correct section of the…"
Feb 22
Brenda Mangan replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
"Awww, shucks, thank you, Brian. And good luck with finding a mount. I love playing with my psaltery on the tripod. It makes it so easy with double bowing and I like to stand while I play, too. All the best, ~ Brenda"
Feb 22
Brian M Nusser replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
"Thank you so much for the info., Brenda, I really appreciated it!! Oddly enough,...it was actually while watching YOUR videos that made me search out that old tripod!!! I was trying to see how it was attached, what type of tripod, etc., all while…"
Feb 22
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Feb 22
Karen B replied to Donna Malus's discussion Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony
"Hi Helen! Once you hear the tune you'll be all set. And there are no sharps or flats so you can do it!"
Feb 22
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Portsmouth" Played on a Bowed Psaltery

"Love it, Gregg. thanks for sharing some more with us. I always love hearing you play."
Feb 22
Brenda Mangan replied to Brian M Nusser's discussion Would a Video Tripod work??!!...
"Hey Brian, my mount is from Rick Long. And I can say that his are made to attach to any camera tripod. The tripod piece that attaches to the camera, (you know, that screws into the camera bottom and snaps on and off the tripod), screws into the the…"
Feb 22
Brian M Nusser posted a discussion

Would a Video Tripod work??!!...

I am considering purchasing a mount for my Psaltery so that it can be attached to a tripod, acting as a stand. (This might "date" me!!, but,...) I have an old tripod for an old "full-sized" RCA VHS Camcorder, (remember when, right?, Ha! Ha!!). Does anyone know if a psaltery mount would attach to that old "Dinosaur"? Thanks!! -Brian N. P.S.- I was recently noticing just how many members here are Fellow Ohioans!!! Seems to be growing all the time!!! That's Great!!!!
Feb 22

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Droning

Started by Peter T Cook in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Brenda Mangan yesterday. 1 Reply

Donna,You suggested appropriate drone notes in your BP book. Is there a musical formula to determine these recommendations? Or???????Thanks,PeterContinue

Would a Video Tripod work??!!...

Started by Brian M Nusser in General BP Forum. Last reply by Charlie Marshall on Tuesday. 8 Replies

I am considering purchasing a mount for my Psaltery so that it can be attached to a tripod, acting as a stand. (This might "date" me!!, but,...) I have an old tripod for an old "full-sized" RCA VHS Camcorder, (remember when, right?, Ha! Ha!!). Does…Continue

Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum. Last reply by Karen B Feb 22. 5 Replies

Here are the basic melodies for three songs for the symphony, I have audio files for Barbara Allen and The Great Silkie too.  I hope to get Mary Hamilton/Four Marys up in the next few days. Tish has been having computer and web site problems,…Continue

First two recordings

Started by Linda Hamilton in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Feb 15. 1 Reply

Hi,I've been playing around with two-bow technique. Here's what I've done so far (Eleanor Plunkett and Red Haired Boy). I still have a long ways to go, but am finding the instrument interesting. I got the bowed psaltery in late December and suspect…Continue

The 2014 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum. Last reply by Serenity Feb 13. 5 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

Visit with Maggie Hover

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Jan 26. 7 Replies

  Jeanie and I had a fun Bowed Psaltery visit with Maggie Hover, our new member. Maggie is as you can see in her profile picture a long time Highland Bag Piper, so she already knows many excellent Scottish tunes she's writing up Bowed Psaltery…Continue

used Unicorn Strings psaltery for sale

Started by Debra Burrell in For Sale. Last reply by Debra Burrell Jan 10. 1 Reply

Unicorn Strings Celtic model, 30 strings—2 & ½ octaves, with note markers, onebow. Recently restrung, in excellent condition. $185 plus shipping.I have another just like this that I play all the time.  I bought the used one to loan to others in…Continue

Tags: Strings, Unicorn

Double Bowing Technique

Started by Linda Hamilton in General BP Forum. Last reply by Linda Hamilton Jan 6. 8 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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Help from dulcimer players!

Started by Simon Peel in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Simon Peel Dec 29, 2014. 4 Replies

I know there are several of my fellow BP players out there who also play the Appalachian style dulcimer. A friend of mine is considering buying one, but he'd like to know if they are easy to play? (He already plays guitar for comparison). Also do…Continue

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RIck Long in the News!

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles Dec 23, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi! Follow this link to see the news spotlight of Rick Long and the bowed psaltery!Nice Rick!!!!…Continue

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Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 7, 2015 at 3:00am 4 Comments

Hi Robert. Thanks for your comment. On what size of psaltery do you use .012? The should be some relationship beetween the size of the instrument and the gauge(s) used, otherwise strings would be rather too tight (and break easily) or too loose to produce sound. Do you find that is the case? The strings are attached with piano-style loop to small nails on the side of the psaltery. I will send more pictures where you can see the details.

Brenda, I believe we have the same issue here. So…

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Capa's psalteries

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:11am 1 Comment

Ok. Here you can see a few pictures of Capa's psalteries, made in Sant Sebastià de Montmajor, Catalonia, Europe. The one on the left needs to be restrung, and the other two need tuning, but they are almost finished. For any questions please contact me at saltiri d'arc.

By the way...

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Capa is the nickname for José Antonio Caparrós, who has his own page on this site. I am using his material with his knowledge and permission, as he has difficulty both with computers and English... I am incorporating my knowledge of piano stringing and my music experience into his beautiful psalteries, but all the woodwork must be credited to him only.

Changing profile photo

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:57am 0 Comments

I am not able to add a profile picture to my page.  I have tried with different photos and I get an error message. Any hints?

Stringing

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:52am 4 Comments

We are working on the stringing now. I would love to hear people's preferences and issues,as we are having doubts deciding the best gauges for each size of psaltery. As you know, Capa has his own way of attaching the strings to the far end without using hitch pins. Any comments from the members of this site?

health

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…

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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.…

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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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Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
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Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
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Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
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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
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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
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606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

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