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
I have just finished building my first psaltery and being a bit impatient I quickly made a bow with 2 thin pieces of pine laminated to form an arch and strung it with 40 strands of 8lb fishing line.Bearing in mind that I have never played any bowed…Continue
First a disclaimer... I'm not a luthier, I'm a avid woodworker. BUT, I love make music, either by playing or building! I'm trying to find what size (gauge) strings would work best for a baritone bowed psaltery I just built. Here's the details... I…Continue
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a recording I made using the Audacity software and a basic Logitec microphone. The instrument, a Loonsong Tenor, is being played using two Glasser 1/16th size violin bows. With practice and two bows, it is…Continue
Hi from the UKI am a new member on this site and this is my first post.I am not a musician & I guess at 67 I’m starting a bit late so what I’m about to ask might be really stupid.I am building a Psimple Psaltery and am nearly at the stage of…Continue
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
You'll notice new content in the upper right hand column. I will periodically feature a new video.These are the videos that member of Psaltery Strings have selected as solid representations of how great the bowed psaltery can be! Keep more videos…Continue
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
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
First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…Continue
I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A. You can find details at www.Celticana.net. Hope we can make music together!
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…
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.
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.
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?
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…Continue
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.…Continue