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Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video

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"Yes, Nozomi, I had paid particularly close attention to how you used your bows to make that arpeggio part so very smooth, even at that fast tempo. Your playing is as beautiful to watch as it is to listen to. Sometimes I feel like choreographing the…"
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

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"Thank you very much, Brenda! I am extremely glad to read your comment.  I have been working on Cuckoo’s Nest for the last several month, trying to make my bowed psaltery sound as good as possible and in good rhythm, especially the…"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"Here's my first self produced You Tube video, thank you all for inspiring me."
Oct 17
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"Glory of the West", Bowed Psaltery,

This is "Glory of the West" from the Playford Collection of tunes played with one bow by me on a Dave Lucas Bowed Psaltery.
Oct 17
K.Keller replied to Darby Hartman's discussion Anybody in Southern California
"Hi Darby, Wish I lived closer than Tucson, AZ so I could join up with you and Gregg. I had a fantastic time at Harvest Festival. People in your area have gems in Gregg and Jean."
Oct 16
Tony Reavley is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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Bob Robson updated their profile
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K.Keller commented on Matthew's status
"Also check Rick Longs excellent instruments."
Oct 14
Bob Robson is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Oct 13
Philippa Anne Reed posted a status
"My bowed psaltery maker was on BBC TV this week. The interview is at 24:45!"
Oct 13
Darby Hartman posted a discussion

Anybody in Southern California

Besides Greg and me. We had quite a few players at Greg's workshop at the Harvest Festival.Doesn't have to be a BP just any kind of folk music club.See More
Oct 11
Matthew posted a status
"psaltery online so i can sing and play at church"
Oct 11
Matthew posted a status
"I had a Master Works Bowed Psaltery was to high looking for a big psaltery that had a middle c so i found the Omega strings bowed"
Oct 11
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Oct 11
bob pryor posted a discussion

pete shuttler and the yetties

It is with sadness I must report the passing on the 21st sep of pete shuttler of the yetties. The english dorset folk group. Pete was a master of the Bs, and inspired large numbers of us to take part in the folk scene and play the Bs. He was buried yesterday at yetminster church, dorset. A nice guy, he'll be missed.See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post The Passing of Pete Shutler of the Yetties
"  Sad to say I've never seen a video of Pete Shutler and the Yetties playing their Bowed Psaltery."
Oct 8
robert schuler commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post The Passing of Pete Shutler of the Yetties
"I've looked at some of their videos on you tube,but haven't found any with BP. do you have any links... Thanks Bob"
Oct 7


Anybody in Southern California

Started by Darby Hartman in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by K.Keller Oct 16. 1 Reply

Besides Greg and me. We had quite a few players at Greg's workshop at the Harvest Festival.Doesn't have to be a BP just any kind of folk music club.Continue

pete shuttler and the yetties

Started by bob pryor in General BP Forum Oct 11. 0 Replies

It is with sadness I must report the passing on the 21st sep of pete shuttler of the yetties. The english dorset folk group. Pete was a master of the Bs, and inspired large numbers of us to take part in the folk scene and play the Bs. He was buried…Continue

Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Ashley Watson Oct 1. 6 Replies

The music for June is an old Welsh lullaby called Suo Gan.I first heard Suo Gan when I saw the movie Empire in the Sun. It was a theme song for the movie and hauntingly beautiful sung by a boy's choir. The song was played during the most emotional…Continue

Tags: psalteries, zither, streichpsaltery, salterio, psaltry

Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14

Started by Ruth Lawrence in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Sep 29. 1 Reply

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

Tags: revelation, song, and, praise, worship

Note Position Markers

Started by Rick Long in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Paul Sykes Sep 29. 34 Replies

I'm in a discussion with a customer that is ordering two custom psalteries.  One of his requests is for me to change the notes that I mark with dots. I have always marked the C's on the chromatic psalteries with a single dot.  I recently started…Continue


Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in General BP Forum. Last reply by Dave Holeton Sep 21. 3 Replies

   A fairly large turnout at Harvest of Dulcimers encourages me to suggest starting an at least once a month Dulcimer/Bowed Psaltery get together at my home in Arcadia CA. The house is large enough with a shady backyard, leave a message for us here…Continue

Folkcraft Highland Harp for sale

Started by glen scratchley in For Sale. Last reply by glen scratchley Sep 5. 6 Replies

I have a friend would like to sell a 1990s Folkcraft Highland HarpI understand that this is not the appropriate listing site.  I have no experience with harps; can someone recommend a site where it might be listed?thanks,Continue


Started by Serenity in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Sep 1. 8 Replies

Ugh! I have reached a point of what I would call "dullness"...I have not played any of my psalteries in over a month Between gardening/canning, work, weddings, work, funerals and family reunions I cannot seem to ever find the time. I NEED to play…Continue

Beginner Bowing

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in General BP Forum. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Aug 20. 2 Replies

 When starting a tune or a new phrase in a tune its better to start with a PULL. "Twinkle Twinkle little star" works out as:  PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL PUSH, PULL. Right here you have to take your last pull's momentum around in a small a circle…Continue

How to determine hitch pin spacing on a 3 octave psaltery

Started by Ron Marr in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Ron Marr Aug 20. 2 Replies

While I build a bunch of different types of instruments ( I've got the urge to build a psaltery or two. Love the sound, especially in the baritone range. Plus, I'm a bit burned out after…Continue


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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…


care of psaltery

Posted by Irene Gendron on March 21, 2014 at 5:37pm 3 Comments

I am interested to know how to clean the strings and peg of my psaltery. I know to use a soft brush (either paint or makeup) for the instrument.


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Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
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