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Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo & Bowed Psaltery

"Thank you very much, Sue!  We will keep on working to expand the possibility of what a bowed psaltery can do.  Nozomi & Jun-ichi"
Thursday
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo & Bowed Psaltery

"Thank you very much, Brenda!  We are very glad that you liked our video.  Nozomi & Jun-ichi"
Thursday
Nozomi Nose posted a video

Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo & Bowed Psaltery

Performance by NT Serendipity Banjo: Jun-ichi TAINAKA Bowed Psaltery: Nozomi NOSE 演奏:NTセレンディピティ バンジョー:對中 淳一 プサルタリー:能勢 希 お問合せ 目黒学園カルチャースクール こんなに簡単バンジョー教室 http...
May 16
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Cabin on the Hill

"Thank you, Dave-san! Since we started playing as NT Serendipity 9 years ago, Jun-ichi and I have been talking about how an interlude played by the bowed psaltery enhances and enriches what the lyrics of the song depicts. However, I guess many of us,…"
May 13
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Devil's Dream on Bowed Psaltery (double bowing)

"Thank you Sue!  it’s not effortless at all!  I had to take more than 10 retakes before I could finally record this video.  But it’s really a fun tune to play.  So please try!  Nozomi"
May 13
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Devil's Dream on Bowed Psaltery (double bowing)

"Thank you, Dave-san!  Maybe bad dreams, because it was rather hard to record this video.  To tell the truth I had to take more than 10 retakes before I could finally record this vides.  Maybe good dreams, because it’s so much fun to…"
May 13
SUE C WHEELER commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Devil's Dream on Bowed Psaltery (double bowing)

"You make it seem so effortless! I'd still be trying to memorize the first line!"
May 12
Dave Holeton commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"DEVIL'S DREAM #2" on Bowed Psaltery

"Another good one Gregg.  I'll have to work on learning to use the settings for speeding up or slowing down a song on Youtube. Dave"
May 11
Dave Holeton commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"DEVIL'S DREAM #1" on Bowed Psaltery

"Well Done Gregg. It's amazing what you can do with one bow! Dave"
May 11
Dave Holeton commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Cabin on the Hill

"Well Done Nozomi-san and Jun-ichi-san.  I think vocals with the psaltery are the next frontier for us psaltery players. Dave"
May 11
Dave Holeton commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Devil's Dream on Bowed Psaltery (double bowing)

"Well Done Nozomi-san.  I wonder if the Devil has good dreams or bad dreams. Dave"
May 11
Nozomi Nose posted a video
May 11
Nozomi Nose commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"DEVIL'S DREAM #1" on Bowed Psaltery

"Gregg-san, Thank you very much for mentioning my video.  I will post my video here, to Psaltery Strings.  I was just amazed to watch this video, and also Devil's Dream #2, that you played Devil’s Dream this fast with only one…"
May 11
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
May 8
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Cabin on the Hill

"Thank you, Sue!  We have been, and want to keep working on playing the bowed psaltery with vocals.  Nozomi"
May 4
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"Check out close relative of the Bowed Psaltery......https://youtu.be/B0gQlfiqHLY"
May 3
Nozomi Nose posted a video

Cabin on the Hill

Performance by NT Serendipity Bowed psaltery and vocal by Nozomi Nose Guitar and vocal by Jun-ichi Tainaka 演奏:NTセレンディピティ ボーカル・プサルタリー:能勢 希 ボーカル・ギター:ジュンイチ タイナカ
May 1
SUE C WHEELER commented on Karen Palmer's video
Apr 29
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted an event

DOWN HOME PSALTERY FESTIVAL at Tannehill Historical State Park, Mc Calla Alabama

July 9, 2017 at 11am to July 10, 2017 at 7pm
 The National Bowed Psaltery Competition (See" Dave's Psaltery" website for Competition Rules) on Saturday. Friday afternoon into evening jamming and playing, also on Saturday workshops.See More
Apr 25

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Lodging near Tannehill state park

Started by Liz in General BP Forum. Last reply by Liz Apr 18. 2 Replies

I would like to attend the June psaltery gathering at Tannehill, however all of the cabins are already rented. Does anyone have suggestions on a good nearby hotel?

Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started by julie stiles in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by julie stiles Feb 28. 5 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

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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 Feb 18. 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

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Cleaning soundboard

Posted by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm 0 Comments

I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering

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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Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

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Jon Williams Psalteries
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Ringing Strings - Rick Long
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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  

Located in Hattiesburg
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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
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Peter Tommerup - California
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Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
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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
& 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
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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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