Almost time for the "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers" where I will be giving one official Bowed Psaltery workshop and otherwise will be jamming and holding forth about Bowed Psalteries to anyone interested all day! It is only a one day, Saturday,…Continue
How do I post a video? My dear daughter shot me decently, though my performance is imperfect. But I wanted to show you all. But I am going crazy and wasting oceans of time trying to figure it out. I don't have a youtube channel, couldn't manage that…Continue
I have a unicorn strings Psaltry (had it since 1993). I enjoyed the sound very much until I had to replace the highest string. I am having a lot of difficulty with the highest strings breaking repeatedly as I tune them. I have strung it myself &…Continue
Hi..I can't find a lot of information on the net about bass bowed psalteries, but I would love to have one that goes down at least to the C below middle C, and further down would be even better. Are there any used ones for sale that are close to…Continue
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
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…
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 !!!!!!!!!!
Oklahoma City, OK
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue