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Karen Palmer posted a video

Minuet in G on Bowed Psaltery

Bach’s Minuet in G. My first attempt at a classical piece on this instrument. I loved the challenge!
Tuesday
Dave Holeton posted a discussion

MeetUp Group for Psaltery Players in Japan

Tanezaki san (Tanezaki Riko) contacted me to let me know she has started a meet up group for psaltery players in Japan.  We are welcome to join the meet up and follow some of the activities for psaltery players in Japan and leave comments for those activities and/or some of our activities.  We are an international group of special people.If any of us should happen to go to Japan, the invitation also is always open to meet with the psaltery players in Japan for sharing music.Here is the link to…See More
Monday
Karen Palmer posted videos
Feb 17
Karen Palmer commented on Karen Palmer's video
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Hector the Hero - baritone bowed psaltery

"Played on a chromatic D psaltery made by Rick Long.  I LOVE this Psaltery!"
Feb 17
Gail Van Amberg posted an event

2018 Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN

October 25, 2018 at 7pm to October 27, 2018 at 11pm
2018 Bowed Psaltery GatheringOctober 25 – 27 at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TNTwo and a half days full of jamming, learning, performing, and fellowship with other bowed psaltery enthusiasts. All levels of players welcome. There will be something for everyone.     Featuring classes taught by:    Rick Long        Brenda Magnan                                               Dave Holeton    and others. Price: $40.00 for the entire gathering.Starting Thursday evening (this is new) at 7:00pm with…See More
Feb 15
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"POLLY WOLLY DOODLE" - Bowed Psaltery & Mandola

A fun tune for learning how to play the Bowed Psaltery everyone has heard at some point in their childhood. Please click the "settings" cog shaped icon and a...
Feb 14
Karen Palmer posted a video

Southwind - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

A favorite song of our dulcimer group.
Feb 13
Karen Palmer posted a video

Ashokan Farewell on Bowed Psaltery

I really like playing this song...one of my favorites.
Feb 10
Brenda Ruth Fisher posted an event

Cabin Fever Weekend Psaltery with Tish Westman at Cedar Lakes Conference Center

February 16, 2018 at 6pm to February 18, 2018 at 3pm
DetailsA fun filled weekend of learning about and how to play this historical instrument. A psaltery is a stringed musical instrument, appearing in many different forms and styles throughout history. On some psalteries the strings were plucked, on others they were struck, and still others they were bowed. Plucked psalteries are probably of the oldest variety of psaltery, being very similar to a small harp or zither.Cost for this class is $143.10 with Holt lodging and food packages available.…See More
Feb 9
Gail Van Amberg posted a discussion

Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Just want to let people know that there will be a Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake October 25 - 28, 2018. I'm lining up the teachers - Rick Long will be teaching along with others. If you have something you would like to see happen or would like to learn at Cove Lake let me know.See More
Feb 9
Celeste Howard posted an event
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Love Songs of the Celts at First Congregational Church

February 18, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Celtic Voices with Celeste Ray presents "Love Songs of the Celts" in Santa Rosa!Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 3PM2000 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa, CA707-843-7948 for Love%20Songs%20of%20Celts%20jpeg.jpgSee More
Feb 7
Celeste Howard posted a status
"Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
Feb 7
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"ROSIN THE BOW"- Bowed Psaltery & Mandola

The words for this famous Traditional Irish tune "Old Rosin The Bow" have many regional versions. In the American Northwest it is known as "Acres of Clams". ...
Feb 6
SUE C WHEELER posted a discussion

bach on bowed psaltery?

Know anyone whose tried Bach Cello Suites on bowed psaltery?See More
Feb 4
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Gene Griner's discussion Builder Info Wanted
"I found a Randy Colby listed as assistant Luthier in Loveland, Co to Medeiors Music. http://medeiros-music.com/ Hope this helps"
Feb 3
Gene Griner posted a discussion

Builder Info Wanted

Does anyone know of a link to a website for Randy Colby Psaltery Builder?????? Any contact info will be appreciated.
Feb 2
Karen Palmer posted a video

Bring Him Home - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

I’m trying to learn all types of music.
Feb 1
Michael Larson posted a status
"I would like some information about writing music for the bowed psaltery."
Jan 30
SUE C WHEELER posted a discussion

selling nice Cabin Creek Alto

Priced for you to try for a first psaltery or a nice gift for an instrument lover.  Has as sweet dove at soundhole.  Cherry.  $95 plus shipping!!See More
Jan 28
Karen Palmer posted a status
"i think using the second bow to play a drone note makes “Scotland the Brave” sound a little like bagpipes."
Jan 27

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MeetUp Group for Psaltery Players in Japan

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum on Monday. 0 Replies

Tanezaki san (Tanezaki Riko) contacted me to let me know she has started a meet up group for psaltery players in Japan.  We are welcome to join the meet up and follow some of the activities for psaltery players in Japan and leave comments for those…Continue

Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum Feb 9. 0 Replies

Just want to let people know that there will be a Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake October 25 - 28, 2018. I'm lining up the teachers - Rick Long will be teaching along with others. If you have something you would like to see happen or would…Continue

bach on bowed psaltery?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? Feb 4. 0 Replies

Know anyone whose tried Bach Cello Suites on bowed psaltery?Continue

Builder Info Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Feb 3. 1 Reply

Does anyone know of a link to a website for Randy Colby Psaltery Builder?????? Any contact info will be appreciated.

selling nice Cabin Creek Alto

Started by SUE C WHEELER in For Sale Jan 28. 0 Replies

Priced for you to try for a first psaltery or a nice gift for an instrument lover.  Has as sweet dove at soundhole.  Cherry.  $95 plus shipping!!Continue

New students welcome!

Started by Karen B in Psaltery Teachers Dec 8, 2017. 0 Replies

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a willingness to experiment with angle for both the bow and psaltery to get increasing comfort and quality sound…Continue

Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery? Nov 6, 2017. 0 Replies

 This very next weekend I will be giving a Bowed Psaltery workshop and jamming with a lot of good folks at Harvest of Dulcimers (as I like to call it) again this year, see "EVENTS" for more details. Its rather sad that this little Folk fest is well…Continue

Lodging near Tannehill state park

Started by Liz in General BP Forum. Last reply by Liz Apr 18, 2017. 2 Replies

I would like to attend the June psaltery gathering at Tannehill, however all of the cabins are already rented. Does anyone have suggestions on a good nearby hotel?

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 julie stiles Feb 28, 2017. 5 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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Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand

Started by Beth Folkemer in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Feb 18, 2017. 3 Replies

My family was given a lovely Westman Soprano psaltery at the same time that we were ordering a James Jones Alto. Both are right-handed instruments, since 2 of the 3 of us are right-handed, it seemed to make sense to order a right-handed instrument,…Continue

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Sheet music for "A Walk beside the Placid Waters"

Posted by Ron Zuckerman on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/a-walk-beside-the-placid-waters-digital-sheet-music/20476869

It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass

The Magic of Evart

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm 0 Comments

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

http://evartdulcimerfest.org/

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…

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Cleaning soundboard

Posted by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm 0 Comments

I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering

Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…

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Organizing a new players group

Posted by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment

I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area.  I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in.  I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.

In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…

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I'm still playing

Posted by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

I've been missing from here for some time. But some times life seems so busy. I'm off down to dorset on my hols shortly. I'm taking my Bs. I've had this daft idea about playing on the top of Cerne abbas. Also pay my respects to the last resting place of Pete shutler. The man who made fall in love with the BS.

sadly missed.  

I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 8 Comments

If was to buy sheet music what would I get Violin. I would like to play some modern songs like the Beatles, Kansas, maybe Led Zepplin. You know shake the world up. I know someone  who plays Rock n roll on his accordion. I have really  only been seriously playing the psaltery for a few days and have learned all the xmas songs that my grandbaby and I plan on playing at her school and church this season. I have already purchased  2 other psalteries a xylophone and a autoharp to see…

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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 ?

I OWE A DEBT TO THE ORIGINAL DULCIMER PLAYERS CLUB, OR," WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN EVART, MI, SUE Z Q?"

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.  http://evartdulcimerfest.org/

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…

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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 

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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

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

to see his work visit

http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at
 pgsykes1@hotmail.com

or call him at

601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/

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
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

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
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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