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Brenda Mangan replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Visit with Maggie Hover
"I understand you. My daughter does most of my videos for me and had to show me how to post them, set up my Youtube channel for me, and how to link stuff to it, etc. She is in college now so I have to grab her when she is home whenever I want any…"
MAGGIE HOVER replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Visit with Maggie Hover
"that may take some time, brenda, until I get more that type of technosavvy. maggie"
Brenda Mangan replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Visit with Maggie Hover
"Get some one to video for you if you can. We would love to hear, at least I would :)"
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Visit with Maggie Hover
"  Happy that worked for your Bowed Psaltery Maggie. Your BP is at least 10 years old so giving it a whole restringing with new strings one of these days would be a good idea but otherwise its stood the test of time beautifully. Looking forward…"
MAGGIE HOVER replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Visit with Maggie Hover
"TaDa!! After strategizing for a week about which kind of glue to use and how not to spill glue on the  face of the psaltery, I took  a deep breath tonight and plunged. I was the same way in carving or sanding on my pipe reeds, come to…"
MAGGIE HOVER replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Visit with Maggie Hover
"I want to make sure I have plenty of time, as in over the weekend, to do the job without rushing. News at 11.                I had such a good time with Gregg and Jean. It was affirming of the magic of music…"
Jan 21
Brenda Mangan replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Visit with Maggie Hover
"Yay, Maggie. I, also, hope you will share, or write up in a book for sale, the Scottish tunes you "translate" fro bowed psaltery. :)"
Jan 21
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a discussion

Visit with Maggie Hover

  Jeanie and I had a fun Bowed Psaltery visit with Maggie Hover, our new member. Maggie is as you can see in her profile picture a long time Highland Bag Piper, so she already knows many excellent Scottish tunes she's writing up Bowed Psaltery tablature for that I hope she shares with us here on Psaltery Strings. Her Master Works Bowed Psaltery was fairly old with a number under 1000. It was in good shape with most of its original strings, tuned up OK, but then had an odd buzz when played! Upon…See More
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This is a nondenominational group for BP players working in a healing function, whether directly or as in a support role.See More
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MAGGIE HOVER commented on Brenda Mangan's photo

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"Wow! I love those pictures, Brenda. By the way, I'm needing to but a new bow; the one I have was drilled strangely, evidently by a non-player, and the walnut is beginning to split. Do you have an opinion about synthetic horsehair?  I am…"
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Visit with Maggie Hover

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan on Monday. 7 Replies

  Jeanie and I had a fun Bowed Psaltery visit with Maggie Hover, our new member. Maggie is as you can see in her profile picture a long time Highland Bag Piper, so she already knows many excellent Scottish tunes she's writing up Bowed Psaltery…Continue

used Unicorn Strings psaltery for sale

Started by Debra Burrell in For Sale. Last reply by Debra Burrell Jan 10. 1 Reply

Unicorn Strings Celtic model, 30 strings—2 & ½ octaves, with note markers, onebow. Recently restrung, in excellent condition. $185 plus shipping.I have another just like this that I play all the time.  I bought the used one to loan to others in…Continue

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Double Bowing Technique

Started by Linda Hamilton in General BP Forum. Last reply by Linda Hamilton Jan 6. 8 Replies

Hi,My second bow arrived in the mail today and I can do some basic harmonies with the two bows now. However, I'm very interested in using the two bows together for fast melodies. What's the best way to go at it, though? Do I alternate notes so that…Continue

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Help from dulcimer players!

Started by Simon Peel in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Simon Peel Dec 29, 2014. 4 Replies

I know there are several of my fellow BP players out there who also play the Appalachian style dulcimer. A friend of mine is considering buying one, but he'd like to know if they are easy to play? (He already plays guitar for comparison). Also do…Continue

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RIck Long in the News!

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles Dec 23, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi! Follow this link to see the news spotlight of Rick Long and the bowed psaltery!Nice Rick!!!!…Continue

Broken string on Roosebeck Alto

Started by Linda Hamilton in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Linda Hamilton Dec 22, 2014. 1 Reply

Hi,I was tuning my Roosebeck Alto when the high E string broke. I was being quite careful and was tuning the right string but it's a new bowed psaltery so perhaps there had been some stress on the string before it arrived.How do I go about finding a…Continue

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More of a "Where Can I....?" Question!!....

Started by Brian M Nusser in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Debbie Jones Dec 21, 2014. 5 Replies

Hello,      My name is Brian Nusser, and have just joined "Psaltery Strings", having just received my first psaltery as a surprise Christmas gift (2013). I absolutely love the sound of the instrument, how beautiful and unique!!       My Psaltery…Continue

Problems with Bowing

Started by Lori Hartman in The Bow. Last reply by Lori Hartman Dec 11, 2014. 3 Replies

I am a beginner with a Folkcraft psaltry and bow.  The bow is brand new.  I am not sure why there is hardly any sound when I bow psaltry.  What is wrong?Thanks.LoriContinue

Restringing a Unicorn Strings Bowed Psaltery

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Dec 6, 2014. 6 Replies

  Just recently I completely restrang a Unicorn on all its strings so here's a few tips: You don't have to restring their way, just restring the strings individually.The strings it came with were tied off at the tuning pin. You don't have to do…Continue

Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.

Started by Brenda Owens in For Sale. Last reply by Joanne Bois Nov 27, 2014. 4 Replies

This is a new Psaltery I purchased from Rick a couple of months ago. For $650.00. I bought 2 Psaltery's at the time. A D psaltery and this Tenor. As I am trying to also learn the dulcimer I don't need both of these. It is quilted maple/ walnut…Continue


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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…


What I'm working on at the moment

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on September 18, 2014 at 12:57pm 3 Comments

Well this year is going fast! But I've been finding some time here and there to practice BP. I play mountain dulcimer with friends as a sort of ad hoc string band on a weekly basis. A few weeks ago I took the BP in to show it off. It was universally liked as a "cool" interesting instrument with an interesting sound. The double bass player naturally laughed his head off at my tiny little bow.

So the BP has been enlisted to accompany a contemporary christian hymn called Revelation Song.…


Rosining Your Bow

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 24, 2014 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

 If you try to play with a brand new bow with brand new horse hair on a brand new string nothing will happen. No sound whatsoever. Often a luthier will when the hair has been properly a fixed to the bow use prepowdered rosin and work it in thoroughly coating every hair, as besides supplying traction where it meets the string it also acts as weather proofing and preservative, it was part of the mummification process used by the Egyptians. For a normal getting ready to play rosining hold the…


It's here! Gamble paid off

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on July 24, 2014 at 8:40am 2 Comments

The new (to me) psaltery arrived yesterday so I had the pleasure of opening up the box and finally seeing it in the flesh (err... wood?)  I was immediately struck by how beautiful it is, finely made. The low resolution photos on the Goodwill auction site do not do it justice. The soundhole design is more delicate than I expected. I could see a label inside but it was difficult to read through the soundhole's fretwork. The label appeared to be printed in a cursive font - I could make out…


First Post. Waiting for the Post.

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on July 21, 2014 at 9:10pm 3 Comments

I have a psaltery on its way. It should arrive this Wednesday. I've bought it online, second-hand via Goodwill auction. A gamble, but I think it will be fine. Fingers crossed!

I've never played a bowed instrument so I know the bowing technique will not be easy but I'm patient.  I do read music and understand how you're meant to play the psaltery - what the strings mean. This is a 2-octave, and I think it's right handed.  Now I'm a left handed person -  but play other…


Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: W.F.Flood

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 21, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

  According to Victorian age musicologist W.F.Flood in his book "History of Irish Music" "The Timpan was, in reality, a small stringed instrument, having from three to eight strings and was played with a bow or plectrum, being also called a Benn Crot,or peaked harp, by an ancient Irish writer. Recent research has almost conclusively proven thay the Nabla or Psalterium-a favorite Celtic instrument from the seventh to eleventh century was generally of eight strings, and hence called the…


Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 15, 2014 at 11:30am 8 Comments

  Flavius Josephus was one of the most amazingly successful personalities of his time period, (at least he thought so), His incredible life story, A.D. 37 to 100, is available on wikipedia etc. Among the many volumes of books he wrote to explain Jewish traditions, theology,and history to the Roman world, he states in Book #7 Chapter 12 paragraph 3 of  "Antiquities of the Jews": "And now David being free from wars and dangers and enjoying for the future a profound peace, composed of songs and…


It never leaves you

Posted by bob pryor on June 13, 2014 at 2:19am 0 Comments

it s strange, ive not played my B s for some time, the other day I herd a track by my favourite west country group, the yetties, Lawn sunset. Played on the Bs. I just had to have a go and have a go at it. I sat on the end of the bed and lost myself in music for half hour. I'd forgotten how relaxing the B s could be. 

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Aeolian Harps

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 2, 2014 at 10:27am 0 Comments

 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…



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Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


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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

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.
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Melbourne, FL

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