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Joanne Bois replied to Brenda Owens's discussion Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.
"Hi Brenda Could you email me at joanne.bois@gmail.com Thanks "
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Joanne Bois replied to Brenda Owens's discussion Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.
"Hi Brenda, Could you please send me a message again? Joanne"
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Brenda Owens replied to Brenda Owens's discussion Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.
"Thank you for your interest in the psaltry. Yes I would possibly be interested in trading for the dulcimer. I couldn't see tour add. But I sent you a message on your facebook. Sincerely Brenda"
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Joanne Bois replied to Brenda Owens's discussion Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.
"Hi I am looking for a Tenor Psaltery. I actually have three Mountain Dulcimers I am looking to sell or trade for a Tenor Psaltery. The dulcimer made by Ben Seymour is worth over $700. It's in excellent shape. Please check out my page on…"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted an event

A BOWED PSALTERY GET TOGETHER DECEMBER 13, 2014 at Arcadia CA

December 13, 2014 from 1pm to 9pm
 A Bowed Psaltery Jam and get together will happen at our home in Arcadia CA December 13, 2014. Dulcimers and other instruments are welcome but the focus will be on Bowed Psalteries. We will be expecting people that Saturday from 1:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information message us at jdgaffey@verizon.net See More
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K.Keller replied to Gail Wallace's discussion instruction books and DVDs
"Take a look at Rick Long's website. Lots of great advice."
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Gail Wallace replied to Gail Wallace's discussion instruction books and DVDs
"Thank you.  I'll look for it."
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Brenda Mangan replied to Gail Wallace's discussion instruction books and DVDs
"Beginning Bowed Psaltery by Donna Missigman is very good. "
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Gail Wallace posted a discussion

instruction books and DVDs

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, when it came, the soundboard had cracked in transport (seller had sent pictures of the BP).  Sent it back to the seller who had insurance on it and then it came back to me from UPS.  Not sure who it belongs to now, but I have it with me.  I play the…See More
Nov 14
Donna Malus posted a video

2014 Bowed Psaltery Instructor's Concert

This is a video of the instructors who taught during the 2014 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake State Park from October 31-November 2, 2014.
Nov 9
Donna Malus posted a discussion

The 2014 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

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 for for his photo and video work as well as Richard Switzer for his support in the 'slow jams' and to everyone who did a workshop or supported the event in any way. The event is in a lovely location with fantastic acoustics. I could have done without…See More
Nov 9
Brenda Mangan commented on Ron Zuckerman's video
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A Walk beside the Placid Waters

"This is very beautiful, Ron."
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K.Keller commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Glory of the West", Bowed Psaltery,

"Hi Y'all. Sounds very nice. Found out that 1) I have diabetes 2) terrible arthritis and 3) cancer diagnosed last week. Fall is becoming an interesting season... Hope to start treatment asap so I can get going again with music. Glad you had a…"
Nov 7
Ron Zuckerman commented on Ron Zuckerman's video
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Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.

Started by Brenda Owens in For Sale. Last reply by Joanne Bois 6 hours ago. 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

A BOWED PSALTERY/DULCIMER CLUB STARTING UP IN ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA

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

pete shuttler and the yetties

Started by bob pryor in General BP Forum Oct 11. 0 Replies

It is with sadness I must report the passing on the 21st sep of pete shuttler of the yetties. The english dorset folk group. Pete was a master of the Bs, and inspired large numbers of us to take part in the folk scene and play the Bs. He was buried…Continue

Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Ashley Watson Oct 1. 6 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

Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14

Started by Ruth Lawrence in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Sep 29. 1 Reply

Here is a recording of Revelation Song performed this morning in church. I was playing behind the singers, so the bowed psaltery is a little on the soft side but you can mostly hear it. There were 2 area mikes at the front.  It doesn't need to be…Continue

Tags: revelation, song, and, praise, worship

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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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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.

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Jon Williams Psalteries
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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
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

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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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
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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
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Dona Benkert -
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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
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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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