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Tish Westman commented on Tish Westman's event Road Scholar Bowed Psaltery Workshops
"Look forward to seeing you there.  If you have any questions you can email me tishwestman@yahoo.com or call number above...."
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SUE C WHEELER commented on Tish Westman's event Road Scholar Bowed Psaltery Workshops
"All signed up! Can't wait!"
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Tish Westman commented on Tish Westman's event Road Scholar Bowed Psaltery Workshops
"Hello Sue, Yes you will learn about all types of bowing and techniques. Hope you will consider coming.  You can register at the link I provided. Don't wait much longer so you get lodging..."
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SUE C WHEELER commented on Tish Westman's event Road Scholar Bowed Psaltery Workshops
"This sounds great. Could I learn double bowing?? We drove through this area many a time, taking my daughters to college. This sounds like a fine reason to revisit my favorite part of the drive."
Sunday
Tom Cox posted a discussion

Rosin

I just received my psaltry and have a question about the rosin. The psaltry was built in 1994 and the rosin that came with it is that old I'm sure. Should the rosin be somewhat soft? Mine is hard and not sure if I should replace it.See More
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Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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夜空ノムコウ

"Thank you very much, Brenda!  I'm glad that you could find the version done by SMAP.  The ladies who are playing the BP in the video are my students.  They are very, very delighted to read your message.  They got highly…"
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Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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夜空ノムコウ

"Thank you very much for the extra information. What a beautiful song it is. But I must say, that English version is way too jazzed up in my thinking. Your version and the man on SMAP do it with such a lovely and peaceful sound. Thank you for posting…"
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Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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夜空ノムコウ

"Thank you very much, Brenda.  The title reads Yozora No Muko.  In English, it could be Beyond the Night Sky.  It was sung by a Japanese idols SMAP.  The song was released in 1998.  I found an English version in…"
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SUE C WHEELER commented on SUE C WHEELER's status
"Thanks so much, Gregg. I've sent a few comments to JM."
Friday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued
" Yet another manufacturer of Violin-Zithers has shown up: "Valsonora" of Munich made many different models of fretless zithers including a very nice looking professional quality Violin-Zither. "
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on SUE C WHEELER's status
"  Hi Sue, and,incase I failed to say so before, allow me to welcome you to our little Bowed Psaltery Community, you've already shown enough enthusiasm about the Bowed Psaltery that I can tell you are one of us, one of us! I'm pleased…"
Thursday
Brenda Mangan replied to Serenity's discussion Old Timer's Day
"Sounds wonderful and I am very tempted. I checked google and it is about 3 1/2 hours of very windy mountain roads to get there from here in the very tippy corner of SC. "
Thursday
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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"So lovely. The orchestration of the different parts is wonderful. "
Thursday
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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夜空ノムコウ

"Lovely. What is the name of this tune, please?"
Thursday
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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When the Saints Go Marching In 聖者が街にやってくる

"Nice harmonies. Love the little soprano tag at the end."
Thursday
Tom Cox posted a status
"Just received my Unicorn Strings psaltry yesterday. It was built in1994. Looks like it was never used at all."
Thursday
SUE C WHEELER replied to Joyce Hibbard's discussion Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery
"I'm very satisfied with the platform from JamesJonesInstruments. It connects via the screw on the "quick release plate" on my Zeiko tripod…"
Thursday
SUE C WHEELER posted a status
"Thrilled to have gotten the Early Music book by JM Bolton, I've been working on "On this Day Earth Shall Ring," with some harmony."
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Rosin

Started by Tom Cox in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles on Saturday. 0 Replies

I just received my psaltry and have a question about the rosin. The psaltry was built in 1994 and the rosin that came with it is that old I'm sure. Should the rosin be somewhat soft? Mine is hard and not sure if I should replace it.Continue

Old Timer's Day

Started by Serenity in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Mangan on Thursday. 1 Reply

This coming September 25-27 is "Old Timer's Day" in Townsend, TN. Its their annual fall festival and folks come from all over to look at how things were done in the 'old days'. Its a fun even, lots of blue grass, dulcimer and "old timey" music going…Continue

Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery

Started by Joyce Hibbard in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER on Thursday. 3 Replies

I am seeking instructions to build or perhaps a diagram of a stand that I can put my Baritone Psaltery in.  It was built with no support insert so it is not able to have a screw mechanism in the back. Continue

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suggested books

Started by Bubba Jordan in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Bubba Jordan Aug 23. 4 Replies

Ok.I don't read music at all.So I'm interested in learning,but I wouldn't know where to begin.Is there any books I could get to learn how to read music.Or other suggestions,I can't afford a teacher right now.Thank U for any advice that U all may…Continue

BP good therapy

Started by Bubba Jordan in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Bubba Jordan Aug 23. 4 Replies

I was in a motorcycle crash July a year ago.I'm still not able to work.So 2 weeks ago I hear this thing called a bowed psaltery.Of course I fell in love with the sound of it.Anyway my daughter goes and buys me one for my upcoming birthday.(great…Continue

psaltery luthier's

Started by loy peters in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by loy peters Aug 21. 2 Replies

Good morning! I was wondering if any Psaltery luthier's were planning on coming to Winfield Kansas next month for the Walnut Valley Festival? Thanks -LoyContinue

Congratulations to Spring Creek Psalteries!

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum Aug 18. 0 Replies

I want to extend a big "congrats" to Sharon and Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries. Their beautiful psaltery took best in show at the 2015 Y-Bridge Arts Festival In Zanesville Ohio! …Continue

Tags: streichpsalter, arco, folk, instrument, wooden

bowing

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? Aug 18. 0 Replies

I was looking at blog posts on Bowing and found Nozomi's beautiful detailed post from Oct, 2013. I mean to go through it carefully when I get the chance. This website sure is a treasure trove!Continue

Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery

Started by Charlie Marshall in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Dutch Wigman Aug 9. 3 Replies

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

Tags: psaltery, tenor, Irish, bowing, Double

ashokan farewell duet in japan

Started by julie stiles in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Dutch Wigman Aug 6. 7 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

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Bowed Psaltery Relative: The Dan Bau

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

 The Bowed Psaltery consists of a scale of individual strings each tuned to a specific pitch and arranged to be played upon one at a time by a bow. Each individual string is a musical instrument in its self called a Monochord. Monochords are the earliest stringed instruments with all others progressing from that first development. Many different Monochords were developed by many cultures though out history. One of these, the Vietnamese Dan Bau, sometimes described as a prehistoric Theremim,…

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My bowed psaltery debut, plus I'm all set up!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on August 21, 2015 at 6:54am 0 Comments

Ten days after acquiring my bowed psaltery (baritone), I was able to play some tunes as my cousins scattered ashes--both of their parents had died last year. The service was brief, informal, but beautiful, on the banks of the Sauble River.The guitar player and I each found a seat on moss covered tree limbs. I was told my music was very significant. Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Come by the Hills, and a little noodling. In other news, my James Jones platform came yesterday and I'm all set up…

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Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 2 Comments

  When you bravely take your Bowed Psaltery out in public you have to be prepared to say, "It's a Bowed Psaltery" while playing and explain about it little, so many people are amazed they have never seen one before and need to know "What is that?" RIGHT NOW! "How do you play the strings in the middle?" Is a pretty common question. You get all possible reactions ranging from complete indifference to absolute "Stop that and go away or I will hurt you." But you will find many people are…

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The Passing of Jean Ritchie

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on June 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/arts/music/jean-ritchie-who-revived-appalachian-folk-songs-dies-at-92.html?_r=0  If you look at one of the photos with this article about Jean Ritchie's life you might notice a Bowed Psaltery in the back ground. Jean and I crossed paths at different folk events often enough that she remembered my name and encouraged my Bowed…

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Favorite bows.

Posted by Terry Butler on April 30, 2015 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

I've tried quite a few kinds of bows including violin bows. My favorites are the light weight ones that Rick Long makes and I must have 5 or six sets including 2 double connected bows. Synthetic is OK but can be rather worthless in high humidity.  Was playing outside on a rainy day under a trailer awning and couldn't get any sound with those!  Like no rosin at all no sound.  Dark horsehair seems to grab the strings best in situations like that.  Tend to prefer the horsehair now since then.…

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problem with wound strings Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in …

Posted by Mouth Bow on April 8, 2015 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

problem with wound strings
Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in the zipper to get the string through the hole if you're wanting a deep bass on a bowed psaltery like Alto flatwound is the way to go you'll feel it through the instrument.it ran shivers down me it was so beautiful of a sound. Continue

Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on March 24, 2015 at 9:55pm 4 Comments

  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…

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Psalteries welcome at our folk music jam on 4th Tuesdays in So, Cal. U.S.A.

Posted by Bea Romano on March 3, 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!  

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!

Bea

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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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

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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

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Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

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Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

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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
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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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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
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Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
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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
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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
(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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Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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