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The Murmer of Starlings (Lyrics) Our kind, our kind of love Your mind, your mind will never find Our kind, our kind of love Will bind, will bind below above ...
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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 …

problem with wound stringsGreg 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.See More
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Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.

Started by Brenda Owens in For Sale. Last reply by Yvonna Arnold Apr 10. 6 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

For Sale or Trade: Left-handed Bowed Psaltery

Started by S. Oravec in For Sale. Last reply by S. Oravec Apr 10. 3 Replies

SOLD, and on its way to a loving home.Continue

Tags: Cabin, Creek, Messick, Walter, psaltery

Sound clips to play along with for the Psaltery Strings Music Book - Thanks to Rick Long

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music to Share. Last reply by Yvonna Arnold Apr 1. 2 Replies

For those of you who have the Psaltery Strings Music Book, Rick Long has put sound clips for each song on his web site. Practicing along with the sound clip can be very fun and make practice more fun. It is particularly helpful if you don't know a…Continue

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Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14

Started by Ruth Lawrence in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Serenity Mar 28. 2 Replies

Here is a recording of Revelation Song performed this morning in church. I was playing behind the singers, so the bowed psaltery is a little on the soft side but you can mostly hear it. There were 2 area mikes at the front.  It doesn't need to be…Continue

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How tight should the bow hair be.

Started by David Murton in The Bow. Last reply by Serenity Mar 28. 4 Replies

I have just finished building my first psaltery and being a bit impatient I quickly made a bow with 2 thin pieces of pine laminated to form an arch and strung it with 40 strands of 8lb fishing line.Bearing in mind that I have never played any bowed…Continue

Baritone Psaltery String Sizes

Started by Susy Q in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Susy Q Mar 24. 7 Replies

First a disclaimer... I'm not a luthier, I'm a avid woodworker.  BUT, I love make music, either by playing or building!  I'm trying to find what size (gauge) strings would work best for a baritone bowed psaltery I just built. Here's the details... I…Continue

Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery

Started by Charlie Marshall in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings Mar 11. 0 Replies

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a recording I made using the Audacity software and a basic Logitec microphone.  The instrument, a Loonsong Tenor, is being played using two Glasser 1/16th size violin bows.  With practice and two bows, it is…Continue

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Another string question

Started by David Murton in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by David Murton Mar 5. 4 Replies

Hi from the UKI am a new member on this site and this is my first post.I am not a musician & I guess at 67 I’m starting a bit late so what I’m about to ask might be really stupid.I am building a Psimple Psaltery and am nearly at the stage of…Continue

Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum. Last reply by Tish Westman Mar 5. 6 Replies

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

Showcase of the Best Bowed Psaltery Videos

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery for Hire Mar 1. 0 Replies

You'll notice new content in the upper right hand column. I will periodically feature a new video.These are the videos that member of Psaltery Strings have selected as solid representations of how great the bowed psaltery can be!  Keep more videos…Continue

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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

Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on March 24, 2015 at 9:55pm 4 Comments

  First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…

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Psalteries welcome at our folk music jam on 4th Tuesdays in So, Cal. U.S.A.

Posted by Bea Romano on March 3, 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!  

I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A.  You can find details at www.Celticana.net.  Hope we can make music together!

Bea

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Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 7, 2015 at 3:00am 4 Comments

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…

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Capa's psalteries

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:11am 1 Comment

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.

By the way...

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:00am 0 Comments

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.

Changing profile photo

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:57am 0 Comments

I am not able to add a profile picture to my page.  I have tried with different photos and I get an error message. Any hints?

Stringing

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:52am 4 Comments

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?

health

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…

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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.
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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
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esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

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