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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"AMAZING GRACE" - Bowed Psaltery with 2 Bows

"Very clever use of special tuning. I was watching closely to see where you were playing your "black" notes and was getting confused. so now I know. "
14 hours ago
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"AMAZING GRACE" - Bowed Psaltery with 2 Bows

" Thank Brenda, I'd point out that although my "Dave's Psaltery" goes down to low G I had to tune  down my G# down to F# to get that note somewhere. I think I might change that string's gauge a little thicker like…"
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David Hamilton posted a status
"I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Is there anyone with in a one hour drive that can help me ."
William Sichina posted a status
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SUE C WHEELER replied to David Hamilton's discussion Roosebeck instruments
"That is the same as my first bowed psaltery, which I bought last August. The low range sounds very pretty. But it has several disadvantages, as I learned as I came in contact with other players and their instruments. Not in order of importance…"
David Hamilton posted a discussion

Roosebeck instruments

Does anyone have any comments about Roosebeck instuments. I know the saying you get what ya pay for. I am looking at this baritone BP See More
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SUE C WHEELER commented on Kato Makoto's video

フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"I will try to relax, too, and let my arm weight help. That is something else I heard when taking cello lessons. If I could just combine all the tips I've learned from my head to my hands! As always, I appreciate your responses!"
Nozomi Nose commented on Kato Makoto's video

フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"Thank you, Sue!  What I am doing is that I try to relax and lay the weight of my arm and bow on every note I play so that all the notes of the tune sound fully and properly, however fast the tune goes.  "
SUE C WHEELER commented on Kato Makoto's video
SUE C WHEELER commented on Brenda Mangan's video

Ashokan Farewell on the Bowed Psaltery by Sue C Wheeler

"Thanks, Nozomi, I used to play the cello, so I guess that shows in my bowing. And it helps me feel more free to move a little."
Nozomi Nose commented on Brenda Mangan's video

Ashokan Farewell on the Bowed Psaltery by Sue C Wheeler

"This is so lovely, Sue!  Thank you very much for sharing this video with us.   I have been looking forward to hearing you play the bowed psaltery.   I love your bow movement.  It's very artistic.  Nozomi"
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

June Apple on Bowed Psaltery ジューン アップル

"Thank you Brenda!  I will keep on working!  Nozomi"
Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video
SUE C WHEELER commented on Brenda Mangan's video

Largo on the bowed psaltery played by Sue C Wheeler

"Thanks, Brenda. You are a dear. After practicing both these pieces since I got my first psaltery last August, I feel good to have them "up." I've been accumulating a lot of sheet music over the past year, so now I will choose…"
SUE C WHEELER posted videos
Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video

Largo on the bowed psaltery played by Sue C Wheeler

"Another lovely tune. Thank you Sue for sharing your music with us."


Roosebeck instruments

Started by David Hamilton in General BP Forum. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER yesterday. 1 Reply

Does anyone have any comments about Roosebeck instuments. I know the saying you get what ya pay for. I am looking at this baritone BP    …Continue

posting videos

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan on Saturday. 1 Reply

How do I post a video? My dear daughter shot me decently, though my performance is imperfect. But I wanted to show you all. But I am going crazy and wasting oceans of time trying to figure it out. I don't have a youtube channel, couldn't manage that…Continue

breaking strings

Started by Amy Adams in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on Friday. 3 Replies

I have a unicorn strings Psaltry (had it since 1993). I enjoyed the sound very much until I had to replace the highest string. I am having a lot of difficulty with the highest strings breaking repeatedly as I tune them. I have strung it myself &…Continue

Want to buy a large BASS bowed psaltery

Started by Mason Hamlin in For Sale. Last reply by Mason Hamlin Aug 4. 7 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

"Best Ever" bumper stickers for psaltery lovers

Started by Maureen Callanan in General BP Forum Jul 20. 0 Replies

My current one is "A Psaltery & Battery"    I get a lot of looks and smiles as I commute daily in the Washington, DC area. Of course, D.C. is filled wih lawyers... : )Continue

Taking on a student

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Psaltery Teachers. Last reply by Janet Pohl Jul 5. 4 Replies

I have invited a lovely,musically inclined twenty-something to come over and meet my bowed psalteries on Thursday. I have an overt agenda: I want someone to play with! I think she might be just the person. I'd like to introduce her to some basics…Continue

Tenor Psaltery?

Started by Linda Hamilton in For Sale. Last reply by robert schuler Jun 17. 3 Replies

Hi,Does anyone have a 30-string tenor Psaltery (preferably with the lowest string as F) for sale. I live in Canada.Thanks.LindaContinue

note printout?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? May 25. 0 Replies

my friend has a 22 string soprano psaltery. I'm looking for a note printout for her to put under the strings. Any ideas? this is a 2009 Rick Long instrument. thanks. sue wContinue

Unicorn Strings Psaltery restring

Started by Barbara Wingert in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Barbara Wingert May 19. 2 Replies

Hi, I'm new to the bowed psaltery and just got a 1985 Unicorn Strings Psaltery. I need to replace some strings. I know the present system on the psaltery is using a wire on 2 pins. I am familiar with ball end strings. Has anyone tried converting…Continue


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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 ?


Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.

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…


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...   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…


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…


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…


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 other stringed instruments progressing from that first development. Many different Monochords were developed by many cultures through out history. One of these, the Vietnamese Dan Bau, sometimes described as a…


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…


Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 3 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! "Do you ever 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…


The Passing of Jean Ritchie

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on June 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment  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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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms


Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata


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New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels


Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas


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Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

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.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

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

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info
Melbourne, FL

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