Yesterday I was contacted by Bob Jensen of Jensen Photography. Bob was the official photographer for the Nottingham Festival in California (FaceBook page…Continue
It's not sheet music but if your someone like me who doesn't read music on You Tube try as an example Animidify Susato or almost any other piece of music and see it presented visually while it plays. I find it very helpful and fun. Look at Claire…Continue
Well, according to my husband I have "graduated" to being a musician. Reason being, according to him, is now I officially own three instruments. He says a good musician will own at least three or more.Haha, I don't necessarily agree, but oh well...I…Continue
Howdy -I've decided that I want to build 2 or 3 pairs of bows to replace the ones that I have had for the last ten years. The wood will be here this week - Jobillo, Bocote & Cherry.I'm using the instructions on Eric Meiers' website as a…Continue
Hi,I have been quite busy lately compiling all my favorite songs into a personal songbook, and I have "noted" all the songs etc. I am looking for a particular song and i am hoping that some may have heard it, it is a song by Tim O'Brian called,…Continue
The song for August is "All Alive" by Turlough O'Carolan with the tempo slowed a bit and the key changed. I do love O'Carolan's work, he has so many beautiful songs. If you 'google" him you'll find he was a very interesting character!The song is…Continue
I play mountain dulcimer with a group here and more and more the psaltery is becoming popular and being incorporated into our gigs. The girls held a few sessions on instruction and i attendend and understand somewhat about changing to play the D…Continue
I lost a bid on ebay at the last minute..i was previously the only one bidding on a unicorn strings soprano for grands. They knew was an ebay bid but hate to disappoint and yet am not rich. There is one on there now in a box and i sent them a…Continue
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…Continue
Some of us have attended Kentucky Music Week and enjoyed bowed psaltery lessons. So you might wish to know Nancy Barker's sister Gloria J. Lewis died a few days ago. "Miss Gloria" was a well known pianist in Louisville, KY and beyond.If you know Nancy you surely respect her including instruments beyond the dulcimer so that many of us have a gathering place to learn and jam and make new musical buddies.Those Johnson girls have helped a lot us grow.
The much profaned Tromba Marina was originally a bowed single monochord used for both sacred and profane music. Classical paintings show a wide range of sizes being played with the bow on top with finger stopping the string from below,sometimes outfitted with a "floating bridge" meant to create special effects, one or two drone strings and later internal sympathetic strings were installed to increase resonance. In the late 1700's a version called the Trumscheit was developed by German folk…Continue
Wishing all a blessed Christmas and 2014. I have beem enjoying learning a few Christmas carols. Husband an friends are nice enough to listen an say well done. I still think psaltery, s make such sweet music. Blessing to all
The "Fischer's Fidola Mandolinette Zither" from the early 1900's is an interesting combination of individual strings available to be bowed or plucked that are also set up with push button springy hammers plus another set of strings arranged in chords to be strummed! One of these has recently shown up on E Bay with excellent close up pictures currently viewable on Google Images. Check it out on AntiquityMusic .com. "Zither Girl" has a video on You Tube titled "Zither Adventure Tour-Olde…Continue
Up until now, if I was asked what my all-time favorite song was I would have said “Ode to Joy”. Now I’m not sure that’s the right answer!
This past weekend at the East TN BP Gathering the comment was made that a piece of sheet music titled “Ode to Joy” was really called "Joyful, Joyful". This raised my curiosity and I did a little research.
Beethoven wrote his 9th and final complete symphony over a 7 year period, 1818-1824. By that time he was considered totally deaf (some…Continue
In Germany and most of Europe the rich town people,the powerful in their castles, cathedrals,and universities had their own diverse entertainments only sparingly experienced by the sometimes prosperous farmers living far from all that on the side of a mountain. These folks played their own music on their home made instruments for their own enjoyment. The Scheitholt (which means long log),Hummel (Bumble Bee!) and other musical instruments are brought to America by the Pennsylvania Dutch…Continue
I was at our dulcimer fest here in L.A. last weekend. Besides playing and visiting old friends I had 4 people give me a chance to play a little game I like to play- I ask them to look at their watches before I start showing them how to play. I have a way of turning the psaltery around and holding their right hand with my left hand guiding them up and down,pull push pull push,slide,sharps and flats Twinkle Twinkle, Doe a Deer,Ode to Joy,Yankee Doodle and we're done.OK how long did that…Continue