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Dave Holeton commented on Donna Malus's video
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Modern Pilgrim Overture on Bowed Psaltery and Mountain Dulcimer

"Thanks Ruth Your description fits the way I feel when playing Modern Pilgrim Overture.  Dave"
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Dave Holeton commented on Donna Malus's video
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Modern Pilgrim Overture on Bowed Psaltery and Mountain Dulcimer

"Thanks for posting this Donna I was a little shy about putting it on YouTube, but it's like I heard one person say "If you have music and don't share it, what good is it?" Dave"
9 hours ago
Ruth Lawrence commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post First Post. Waiting for the Post.
"I never thought of doing that. Will definitely give that a go. Thanks"
9 hours ago
Darby Hartman replied to Nellie's discussion Note strips for psaltery
"Have you contacted Unicorn Strings directly? You're right I don't see them on their web site."
13 hours ago
Terry Butler commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post First Post. Waiting for the Post.
"A few players turn their psalteries upside down to play them - holding on to the top. Paulette Lucas plays this way.  Hard for some to get used to playing from low on top to high notes on the bottom anyway - feels upside down.  So turning…"
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First Post. Waiting for the Post.

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 instruments the standard…See More
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Ruth Lawrence commented on Donna Malus's video
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Modern Pilgrim Overture on Bowed Psaltery and Mountain Dulcimer

"So moody and melancholic but sweet and moving as well. References to Wayfaring Stranger" maybe too, both melodically and lyrical/theme. I like this a lot.  What an interesting mode Phyrigian is. "
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Ruth Lawrence is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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Charlie Marshall replied to Darby Hartman's discussion Need to buy a psaltery
"Greetings, I have a few 30 Stringed Alto and Tenor instruments in my inventory right now that you might be interested in.  How old is your granddaughter and does she already play an instrument? For a complete beginner I would suggest the alto…"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a blog post

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: W.F.Flood

  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 Ochtedach…See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus
" Once again Jeremy, I started off my comment by saying that that quote was problematic. I gave reference to finding more about Flavius but tried to be brief. If you look back I discussed the Yacheng also known as the Yatugalig as yet another…"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus
"  Jeremy, I notice you reject the translation "Viol" but "played upon with a bow" is plainly described. About that you have no comment."
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Donna Malus commented on Donna Malus's video
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Modern Pilgrim Overture on Bowed Psaltery and Mountain Dulcimer

I have lived a long way from home since 1981, so it has been difficult to be home at times when I think maybe I should have been home. The lyrics for Modern ...
Monday
Darby Hartman posted a discussion

Need to buy a psaltery

My Granddaughter has expressed a desire for a bowed psaltry. Any one have one they would like to sell?
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Kay Myrick is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus
"Here is the address of that very psaltery-like looking, kora: http://dennishavlena.com/harp-kora-2.htm"
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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus
"Well, I googled the word "kora" images and while many were harp-like sets of strings over gourds, about half way down was this picture."
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Note strips for psaltery

Started by Nellie in General BP Forum. Last reply by Darby Hartman 13 hours ago. 3 Replies

Ordered a 30 string unicorn from The Folk Shop for grands, but as was used did not have note strips  Where can i get these? Dont see them seperately on shop sites.ThxNellieContinue

Need to buy a psaltery

Started by Darby Hartman in General BP Forum. Last reply by Charlie Marshall yesterday. 1 Reply

My Granddaughter has expressed a desire for a bowed psaltry. Any one have one they would like to sell?

Folkcraft Highland Harp for sale

Started by glen scratchley in For Sale. Last reply by glen scratchley Jul 14. 2 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

D Tenor Bowed Psaltery for Sale

Started by Claudia Mahon in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Claudia Mahon Jul 14. 4 Replies

I have a beautiful D Tenor psaltery made by Rick Long of Ringing Strings a year ago. I am a cellist and play have a D Tenor Bowed Psaltery for sale. I purchased this instrument directly from Rick Long, of Ringing Strings, a year ago to compliment my…Continue

Buying my first BP. Need help choosing an instrument.

Started by Gail Wallace in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gail Wallace Jul 12. 4 Replies

Hi. I'm a new member who does not own a BP yet.  I've been looking on-line at both new and used.  I need some guidance.  I play the piano and hammered dulcimer, and a couple of years ago played my friend's BP immediately loving it.  I'm short so I'm…Continue

Good news about Archie Smith

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Jul 6. 2 Replies

I was very happy to find this article about Archie Smith. If you recall, Archie cut off three fingers while building his psalteries. The doctors were able to reattach two of them and he's back to building psalteries.Here's a link to the article I…Continue

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wind of change

Started by bob pryor in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Donna Malus Jul 6. 5 Replies

Hi,ive been away from the site for a few months, but to me there seems to be a change taking place. Looking at the videos etc, there seems to be less normal bowed psalterys, more other members of the family. Also where there are B S being played, it…Continue

Sheet Music for October 2013 - Clergy's Lamentation

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Donna Malus Jul 6. 9 Replies

It seems I'm on a Turlough O'Carolan kick...here is Clergy's Lamentation, probably my favorite O'Carolan melody. We played it one year at the symphony and may play it again next year.It is a lamentation so it would be played slowly, but I have heard…Continue

Short Documentary on the Bowed Psaltery and Spring Creek Psalteries

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles Jul 6. 0 Replies

I think this qualifies as an article on the Bowed Psaltery!It's Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries, a videographer did a short documentary on then and the bowed psaltery.See the Spring Creek Psalteries Documentary <iframe width="560"…Continue

Tags: zither, streichpsalter, salterio, ad, arco

Bowed Psaltery Renaissance Faire Repertoire

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Jul 2. 10 Replies

   Renaissance Faire season is quickly approaching and if your looking for more tunes to practice up on I recommend checking out Tielman Susato's collection of dance music,"The Danserye","Het derde musyck boexken...alderhaude danserye" (1551) Many…Continue

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First Post. Waiting for the Post.

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on July 21, 2014 at 9:10pm 2 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…

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Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: W.F.Flood

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 21, 2014 at 10:40am 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…

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Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: Flavius Josephus

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 15, 2014 at 11:30am 5 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…

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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…

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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.

Nancy Barker's sister died

Posted by K.Keller on March 15, 2014 at 8:50pm 0 Comments

Some of us have attended Kentucky Music Week and enjoyed bowed psaltery lessons. So you might wish to know Nancy Barker's sister Gloria J. Lewis died a few days ago. "Miss Gloria" was a well known pianist in Louisville, KY and beyond.If you know Nancy you surely respect her including instruments beyond the dulcimer so that many of us have a gathering place to learn and jam and make new musical buddies.Those Johnson girls have helped a lot us grow.

Return to the psaltery

Posted by Sue K on February 7, 2014 at 9:46am 0 Comments

I'm so excited to return to my psaltery after a long absence. I have a beautiful Rick Long tenor that I am reacquainting myself with. I finally figured out how to start the DVD player and have reviewed the instructional DVD. Can't seem to get a clear sound out of my low G or A. I will keep working on it.

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued The Trumscheit

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on January 29, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

 The much profaned Tromba Marina was originally a bowed single monochord used for both sacred and profane music. Classical paintings show a wide range of sizes being played with the bow on top with finger stopping the string from below,sometimes outfitted with a "floating bridge" meant to create special effects, one or two drone strings and later internal sympathetic strings were installed to increase resonance. In the late 1700's a version called the Trumscheit was developed by German folk…

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Sue Gillum on December 25, 2013 at 12:26pm 0 Comments

Wishing all a blessed Christmas and 2014. I have beem enjoying learning a few Christmas carols. Husband an friends are nice enough to listen an say well done. I still think psaltery, s make such sweet music. Blessing to all

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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

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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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