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Taking on a student

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 and send her home eager to play easy tunes by ear for a week. I also want to whet her appetite with some sheet music to start learning by heart. My hope is that we can play something together at church by Christmastime. Ideally, I would like to be…See More
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SUE C WHEELER posted a discussion

note printout?

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 wSee More
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Barbara Wingert replied to Barbara Wingert's discussion Unicorn Strings Psaltery restring
"Thanks so much. the info is very helpful.  Barb"
May 19
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Barbara Wingert's discussion Unicorn Strings Psaltery restring
"Hi Barb, please see my discussions: "Restringing a Unicorn Strings Psaltery" and others just on stringing in general on My member page."
May 18
Barbara Wingert posted a discussion

Unicorn Strings Psaltery restring

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 this type of psaltery to using a single ball end string for each pin? I think it's got the original strings so I should probably put all new ones on it anyway.Thanks!  Barb See More
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"Ashcombe Richard" Ad Hoc Consort

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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"The Girl I Left Behind Me" Bowed Psaltery & Octave Mandolin

"I love this! It sure brings to mind images of John Wayne and old Western Cavalry movies."
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Playing Psaltery in the Garden at the Fintry Trust

Filmed in the gardens of the Fintry Trust in May 2016, following a talk by Philip Carr-Gomm, head of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids (druidry.org). The F...
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Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Hard Times Come Again No More

"Thank you very much, Bubba.  I think the Bowed Psaltery music has the strange but wonderful power that opens up people’s hearts, so gently and naturally.  I want to keep on working to maximize that power.  Again, thank you very…"
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SUE C WHEELER posted a status
"I'm working on assorted Bobby Burns, Vivaldi's Largo (Winter), and the ubiquitous Ashokan Farewell. Other stuff, too, but I want these good."
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted an event

HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant - Costa Mesa 2850 Fairview Rd. Costa Mesa CA 92626

October 1, 2016 from 9am to 8pm
 Southern California's only Dulcimer Festival. Gregg Schneeman will be giving one Bowed Psaltery workshop and will be playing Bowed Psaltery and Dulcimer all Saturday in the jamming area. Focused Dulcimer Workshops continue Sunday elsewhere. Put on by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage ...www.scdh.org  Email: dulcimer@scdh.orgSee More
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Bubba Jordan commented on Nozomi Nose's video
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Hard Times Come Again No More

"Nozomi,your playing the BP get more beautiful each time I hear you play!I must say that this is the most hauntingly beautiful song I have ever heard in my life.Thank you so much for posting.ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!"
May 11
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Dave & Paulette Lucas's event DOWN HOME PSALTERY FESTIVAL
" Jeanie and I are planning a big car trip, first to Mountain View Arkansas, the "Acoustic Music Capital of America" then directly to the Down Home Psaltery Fest. People arrive Wednesday or Thursday, Friday evening is the big jam and…"
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Taking on a student

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Psaltery Teachers yesterday. 0 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

note printout?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? on Wednesday. 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

Tune Learning YouTube Site: " Fabio Vetro"

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey May 11. 2 Replies

  Fabio Vetro teaches tunes in English and Italian playing the same tune on Ocarina, keyboard, Recorder, and sometimes Penny Whistle slowly with notes showing and later up tempo with sheet music with notes lettered! He covers Renaissance, Irish,…Continue

An Article about Rosin from Strings Magazine

Started by Donna Malus in The Bow May 1. 0 Replies

The Differences Between Dark and Amber RosinJANUARY 5, 2004Deciphering what it is, how it’s made, and which one is right for…Continue

Tags: psaltery, bow, bowed, light, rosin

Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Gretchen Apr 19. 7 Replies

The music for June is an old Welsh lullaby called Suo Gan.I first heard Suo Gan when I saw the movie Empire in the Sun. It was a theme song for the movie and hauntingly beautiful sung by a boy's choir. The song was played during the most emotional…Continue

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"Folk Tune Finder" Web Site

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Apr 1. 1 Reply

  As a musician who does not read music I do find "Folk Tune Finder" ...http://folktunefinder.com  a very helpful site. A given tune, you name it, it will pop up, multiple transcriptions for your friends that…Continue

suggested books

Started by Bubba Jordan in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Mar 12. 5 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

Just purchased my first psaltery

Started by David Foley in General BP Forum. Last reply by Gordon Whittington Mar 8. 9 Replies

Just bought my first psaltery from the Early Music Shop in Saltaire in the UK. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with and my instrument should arrive next Monday or Tuesday.I've got a book of basic introductory music and am quite excited now to…Continue

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 Gordon Whittington Mar 8. 4 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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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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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…

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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 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…

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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 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…

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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 4 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

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Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
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James Jones Instruments
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Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

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Celeste Howard Ray
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
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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
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Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
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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
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Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

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