I am considering purchasing a mount for my Psaltery so that it can be attached to a tripod, acting as a stand. (This might "date" me!!, but,...) I have an old tripod for an old "full-sized" RCA VHS Camcorder, (remember when, right?, Ha! Ha!!). Does…Continue
Here are the basic melodies for three songs for the symphony, I have audio files for Barbara Allen and The Great Silkie too. I hope to get Mary Hamilton/Four Marys up in the next few days. Tish has been having computer and web site problems,…Continue
Hi,I've been playing around with two-bow technique. Here's what I've done so far (Eleanor Plunkett and Red Haired Boy). I still have a long ways to go, but am finding the instrument interesting. I got the bowed psaltery in late December and suspect…Continue
Hi All, I'm just back from my vacation during which I participated in the 2014 ETBPG.....the event was wonderful. Every year it gets better and I didn't think it could top last year. A big thanks to Rick Long for hosting the event, and Paul Sykes…Continue
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
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
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
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
Hi Robert. Thanks for your comment. On what size of psaltery do you use .012? The should be some relationship beetween the size of the instrument and the gauge(s) used, otherwise strings would be rather too tight (and break easily) or too loose to produce sound. Do you find that is the case? The strings are attached with piano-style loop to small nails on the side of the psaltery. I will send more pictures where you can see the details.
Brenda, I believe we have the same issue here. So…
Ok. Here you can see a few pictures of Capa's psalteries, made in Sant Sebastià de Montmajor, Catalonia, Europe. The one on the left needs to be restrung, and the other two need tuning, but they are almost finished. For any questions please contact me at saltiri d'arc.
Capa is the nickname for José Antonio Caparrós, who has his own page on this site. I am using his material with his knowledge and permission, as he has difficulty both with computers and English... I am incorporating my knowledge of piano stringing and my music experience into his beautiful psalteries, but all the woodwork must be credited to him only.
We are working on the stringing now. I would love to hear people's preferences and issues,as we are having doubts deciding the best gauges for each size of psaltery. As you know, Capa has his own way of attaching the strings to the far end without using hitch pins. Any comments from the members of this site?
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue