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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"Tarlton's Resurrection" on Bowed Psaltery

Called "the Queen's own clown", by 1583 Richard Tarlton is mentioned as one of the original members of "The Queens Men" theatrical group as was Thomas Campio...
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Brenda Mangan replied to Beth Folkemer's discussion Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand
"Beth, Here is a video of a left-handed bower holding the psaltery "backwards" as Gregg suggested, so the "white keys" are on the left-handed side. You may want to try it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elHvaBYDX9g"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Beth Folkemer's discussion Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand
"Correction: "Down Home Psaltery Fest #4" not 2"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Beth Folkemer's discussion Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand
"Hi Beth, thank you for your friend request, as you can see from my videos I play with two bows a lot. Some people say "you must be ambidextrous to do that", wrong, what I am is ambiwristrous, its more like typing with two fingers. Since…"
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Beth Folkemer posted a discussion

Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand

My family was given a lovely Westman Soprano psaltery at the same time that we were ordering a James Jones Alto. Both are right-handed instruments, since 2 of the 3 of us are right-handed, it seemed to make sense to order a right-handed instrument, since we all want to play it. I'm left handed. Although I play other instruments the same way as right-handed people do, I'm more comfortable bowing with my left hand.This seems to affect the mechanics, and since I'm new at this, I wonder whether any…See More
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Central Florida Dulcimer and Auto Harp Festival Tish Westman Psaltery Class

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This is at the concert at the Florida Dulcimer and Auto Harp Festival in Mt. Dora Florida. This is the Bowed Psaltery Class playing South Wind

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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
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Celeste Howard Ray updated their profile
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"The bowed psaltery lends itself to such unworldly ethereal sounds when performed with chromatic slides."
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Celeste Howard Ray posted a song

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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"Here's some one bow tunes I hope you enjoy playing along on with me on your Bowed Psalteries!"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"April Knight is a very fun Renaissance Faire multi-instrumentalist. See her play her Bowed Psaltery .....https://youtu.be/y81N81DkVfo"
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SUE C WHEELER commented on SUE C WHEELER's status
"Thanks, I'm doing fine. Got ok from dr to exercise whatever I want, except boxing. So I've been back at my fitness classes, and I joined in a mountain dulcimer jam yesterday. Tomorrow I'm going to visit another dulcimer jam! the…"
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Gretchen replied to Brenda Ruth Fisher's discussion Online music lessons
"Brenda-will ask you about this when I see you in Beckley. Just made my hotel reservation. I am so excited!!"
Feb 1
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Gene Griner's discussion Information Wanted
" No, I have subscribed to DPN for over 20 years and except for paid ads by BP builders and in reviews of CD's they have never mentioned Bowed Psalteries once. Same goes for AQ. We are lucky we have Psaltery Strings."
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Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand

Started by Beth Folkemer in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan on Sunday. 3 Replies

My family was given a lovely Westman Soprano psaltery at the same time that we were ordering a James Jones Alto. Both are right-handed instruments, since 2 of the 3 of us are right-handed, it seemed to make sense to order a right-handed instrument,…Continue

Tags: bowing, left-handed, right-handed, Playin

ashokan farewell duet in japan

Started by julie stiles in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Celeste Howard Ray Feb 6. 11 Replies

i love this!  too good not to share.  what psize psaltery is that?  Baritone?  listen to the cello-like tones when the guitar takes the lead.  just gorgeous! http://youtu.be/hbmHQNegU6IContinue

Tags: farewell, ashokan

Online music lessons

Started by Brenda Ruth Fisher in Psaltery Teachers. Last reply by Gretchen Feb 1. 1 Reply

I started online lessons with Celeste Ray. via google hangout . It really amazes me that I can set in my home in WV and get lessons from CA. Isnt technology great. In just two weeks she has me working on playing with two bows. I am really thrilled.…Continue

Information Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Feb 1. 1 Reply

I subscribe to Autoharp Quarterly and Dulcimer Players News they’re totally devoted to these instruments and are published four times a year. My question is does Bowed Psaltery have anything like this??

Information Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum Feb 1. 0 Replies

I subscribe to Autoharp Quarterly and Dulcimer Players News they’re totally devoted to these instruments and are published four times a year. My question is does Bowed Psaltery have anything like this??

Information Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum Feb 1. 0 Replies

I subscribe to Autoharp Quarterly and Dulcimer Players News they’re totally devoted to these instruments and are published four times a year. My question is does Bowed Psaltery have anything like this??

BP Duet Books?

Started by Mary Barden in Sheet Music to Share. Last reply by Mary Barden Jan 27. 8 Replies

Hi, do you know if there are any Bowed Psaltery duet books out there to buy?  My husband and I both play, and I'd like to do duets--not just both play the melody...  Any ideas would be gratefully accepted.  Thanks so much!Continue

East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering in Cove Lake Park, Tennessee

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum. Last reply by Dave Holeton Dec 30, 2016. 5 Replies

    I had a great time at the East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering.  One of my highlights for the event was using Donna's version of Auld Lang Syne (from Donna Malus's Psaltery Strings Music Book) in a discussion about playing harmony.  We developed…Continue

Tags: Harmony, Syne, Lang, Auld

"Best Ever" bumper stickers for psaltery lovers

Started by Maureen Callanan in General BP Forum. Last reply by Maureen Callanan Dec 22, 2016. 2 Replies

My current one is "A Psaltery & Battery"    I get a lot of looks and smiles as I commute daily in the Washington, DC area. Of course, D.C. is filled wih lawyers... : )Continue

bow problems

Started by bob pryor in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by bob pryor Dec 19, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi all.finally tuned my new BS in. But have been using my original bow. And it plays fine.but the bow is new, and just slides across the strings with out a sound. How can it be treated to make it a working bow.a very Mery Christmas to you allbobContinue

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Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…

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Organizing a new players group

Posted by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment

I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area.  I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in.  I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.

In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…

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I'm still playing

Posted by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

I've been missing from here for some time. But some times life seems so busy. I'm off down to dorset on my hols shortly. I'm taking my Bs. I've had this daft idea about playing on the top of Cerne abbas. Also pay my respects to the last resting place of Pete shutler. The man who made fall in love with the BS.

sadly missed.  

I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 8 Comments

If was to buy sheet music what would I get Violin. I would like to play some modern songs like the Beatles, Kansas, maybe Led Zepplin. You know shake the world up. I know someone  who plays Rock n roll on his accordion. I have really  only been seriously playing the psaltery for a few days and have learned all the xmas songs that my grandbaby and I plan on playing at her school and church this season. I have already purchased  2 other psalteries a xylophone and a autoharp to see…

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Looking for B.Psaltery players

Posted by Joyce Hibbard on August 9, 2016 at 7:54am 1 Comment

I live in Michigan's thumb area, and I am looking for B.P.Players in my area to get together to jam and practice. I will travel 30 to 50 miles, if need be, to get together. Anyone out there interested ?

I OWE A DEBT TO THE ORIGINAL DULCIMER PLAYERS CLUB, OR," WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN EVART, MI, SUE Z Q?"

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.  http://evartdulcimerfest.org/

This was the beginning of me-as-a bowed-psalterist.

I’m staggered by how much I’ve been able to play and learn this year.  I’ve accumulated reams of sheet music, but also picked out tune after tune by ear. I’ve memorized a couple pieces. I’ve participated in both a workshop and a festival with Tish Westman, and had gratis…

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My Waynie Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Linda Rodgers on February 27, 2016 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

I received my new absolutely beautiful Waynie Ultimate Bowed Psaltery yesterday 26 Feb. 2016. The workmanship and attention to detail is nothing short of marvelous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose Purpleheart wood and Wayne combined it with Curly  or Flame Maple. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! My baby is one class act Psaltery !!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't checked out wayniepsaltery please do so !!!! You will not regret it !!!!!!!!!!

Linda Rodgers

Oklahoma City, OK 

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: The Bladder Fiddle

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on January 28, 2016 at 7:30am 0 Comments

  Please see this YouTube video of traditional Baltic instruments being played...https://youtu.be/hMrumB7xMWE   Established authoritarian Musicologists have long held that "There were no bowed musical instruments in Europe before Byzantine versions were introduced in the 10th century AD."! The Bladder Fiddle Family represents a long tradition of playing a bowed bass instrument of usually only two strings and often not fingered at all but instead…

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high on bowed psaltery!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on December 26, 2015 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

When I bought my psalteries this summer, I imagined I would enjoy playing, and at some point might be competent enough to play at church or maybe a farmers' market. I had no idea how quickly doors would open for me to share the pleasure it has brought me. Almost immediately, I was able to contribute music to a family event.  My relations were superlative in their praise of my few tunes-- Amazing Grace, and I can't remember what else. I got plenty of practice trying to explain the instrument…

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Continuing my journey with bowed psalteries

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 8, 2015 at 1:57pm 4 Comments

I obtained my Baritone Roosebeck Psaltery on Aug 8, 2015, and my Cabin Creek Alto on October 19, 2015. I realize this is adding family members rather rapidly, but I'm guessing there's folks out there that understand this! I love the low tones of the baritone, and the fact that I never "run out" of notes. It seems that 37 strings is quite a luxury. On the other hand, the little cherry Cabin Creek is easier to play and to carry around. While exploring options, the friendly attention from the…

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Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

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Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
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Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
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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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Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
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Celeste Howard Ray
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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
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

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
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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
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