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Gretchen replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion a treasure of PDF possibilities
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"SAILORS HORNPIPE" on Bowed Psaltery

"Fun and very nautical sounding, reminds me of Popeye. Thanks for sharing this, Gregg."
Nov 28
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"BONNY AT MORN" on Bowed Psaltery

"So nice, Gregg. I love the exposure to the early tunes that you give to us."
Nov 28
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"THE FAIRY HORNPIPE" on Bowed Psaltery with 2 bows

"Another nice video, Gregg. Thanks for sharing."
Nov 28
Brenda Mangan replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion My Latest Videos
"I find listening to myself playing is a very good learning tool. Sometime I do things that I don't realize until I'm listening rather than playing, like smoothness of bowing, tempo, or how the arrangement sounds.  "
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SUE C WHEELER posted a status
"I am newly enthusiastic about playing with the Circle of Friends hammered Dulcimer jam. Connect with others is my theme of the season!"
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Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

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 group at a…See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a discussion

My Latest Videos

 Especially since going to East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering I have been making more videos. As a musician I was quite used to playing a tune and letting it go flying off into the air. Back then I had a tape recorder and such but now I have my own Butterfly net to try to catch them with! I have to admit I find it an exciting activity to try to turn one out without airplane and other noise, I'm in L.A. after all, and stay calm while paying attention and stopping if I hear anything too…See More
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"Thanks.  I put other things into bottles too - including ships.  Here's a page that shows some of these.   http://www.folkartinbottles.com/artists/artists-a-d/12-terry-butler"
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"These are so beautiful. Wish I had known you did this work when I was at the E. TN gathering."
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"THE ROSE MORRIS" in D on Bowed Psaltery

Here is the same tune but in D, a key I find it more Bowed Psaltery friendly in.
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Started by SUE C WHEELER in Sheet Music to Share. Last reply by Gretchen 12 hours ago. 8 Replies

I have been chasing sheet music. As I have been playing with a hammered dulcimer group once a month, I am always looking for stuff on their playlist. I have found title after intriguing title here:…Continue

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My Latest Videos

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in Psaltery Teachers. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Nov 28. 1 Reply

 Especially since going to East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering I have been making more videos. As a musician I was quite used to playing a tune and letting it go flying off into the air. Back then I had a tape recorder and such but now I have my…Continue

Restringing

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Nov 14. 5 Replies

Oh,no! I cut all the strings because they were rusty, have new wire but don't know which pins to go to. 2 1/2 octave, 32 strings. Could someone post up-close pic of strung top? Or advise?Continue

Want to buy a large BASS bowed psaltery

Started by Mason Hamlin in For Sale. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Nov 11. 8 Replies

Hi..I can't find a lot of information on the net about bass bowed psalteries, but I would love to have one that goes down at least to the  C below middle C, and further down would be even better.   Are there any used ones for sale that are close to…Continue

Psaltery Strings

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Rick Long Nov 9. 6 Replies

Received my e-bay psaltery today - looks pretty good but strings are rusty so don't want to touch the bow to them. It is a soprano - does anyone know where I might find a graduated-diameter set of strings? That would be ideal, otherwise I can only…Continue

East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering in Cove Lake Park, Tennessee

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum. Last reply by Dave Holeton Nov 3. 3 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

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Question Regarding Playing in a Group

Started by Janet Pohl in General BP Forum. Last reply by Janet Pohl Oct 26. 5 Replies

Dear Friends,I brought my new baritone psaltery to my autoharp group today, thinking I could play along with the group.  I can play at home just about anything I can hum, so I thought I would have a great time. Nope!!  I found out that it's much…Continue

30 String Psaltery by Jack Davis For Sale

Started by Claire Hammond in For Sale. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Oct 17. 1 Reply

This is a very hard to come by psaltery made by Jack Davis.   It has 30 strings and a range from low 'F' to high 'A'.  While not a fancy looking instrument, it has a wonderful clear and resonant tone.  Have recently restrung it.  Considering its…Continue

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Questions from a Newbie

Started by Frances Bercher in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Oct 13. 10 Replies

I had meant to be playing a psaltery months ago but fell and broke my shoulder and tore the rotator cuff so am just now getting back to normal. I have a musical background (guitar, banjo & bagpipes) but know nothing about this instrument.What…Continue

Your learning to play WHAT!

Started by Bubba Jordan in General BP Forum. Last reply by Janet Pohl Oct 4. 9 Replies

Yep I was actually asked this in a MUSIC STORE the other day.I don't know who in shock the most,him the owner's son for asking,or me being asked by him.This is a family owned music store quite nice I might add.With a large area for teaching many…Continue

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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 0 Comments

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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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

to see his work visit

http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

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
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at
 pgsykes1@hotmail.com

or call him at

601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

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
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/

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
(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
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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