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Brenda Mangan commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"Sheet music for violin will usually work. Many sheet music web sites let you look at the first page so you should be able to tell if it is in the range of your psaltery. So that is really the main thing, that it is in the range of your psaltery. I…"
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David Hamilton posted a blog post

I have so many Questions

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 what kind of…See More
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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Beautiful Dreamer" on Bowed Psaltery

"Very nice and rich sounding the way you have played this, Gregg. I like the variations, and turns, etc. that you have put into this. Thanks, as always, for sharing with this lovely old piece. PS, I've tried and tried pushing the…"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"Beautiful Dreamer" on Bowed Psaltery

Stephen Fosters famous Ballad.
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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"AMAZING GRACE" - Bowed Psaltery with 2 Bows

"Very clever use of special tuning. I was watching closely to see where you were playing your "black" notes and was getting confused. so now I know. "
Wednesday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"AMAZING GRACE" - Bowed Psaltery with 2 Bows

" Thank Brenda, I'd point out that although my "Dave's Psaltery" goes down to low G I had to tune  down my G# down to F# to get that note somewhere. I think I might change that string's gauge a little thicker like…"
Wednesday
David Hamilton posted a status
"I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Is there anyone with in a one hour drive that can help me ."
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William Sichina posted a status
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Wednesday
SUE C WHEELER replied to David Hamilton's discussion Roosebeck instruments
"That is the same as my first bowed psaltery, which I bought last August. The low range sounds very pretty. But it has several disadvantages, as I learned as I came in contact with other players and their instruments. Not in order of importance…"
Wednesday
David Hamilton posted a discussion

Roosebeck instruments

Does anyone have any comments about Roosebeck instuments. I know the saying you get what ya pay for. I am looking at this baritone BP    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ROOSEBECK-RIGHT-HAND-HANDED-ROUNDED-BARITONE-PSALTERY-BOW-/401096673110?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368 See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video
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SUE C WHEELER commented on Kato Makoto's video
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フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"I will try to relax, too, and let my arm weight help. That is something else I heard when taking cello lessons. If I could just combine all the tips I've learned from my head to my hands! As always, I appreciate your responses!"
Aug 22
Nozomi Nose commented on Kato Makoto's video
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フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"Thank you, Sue!  What I am doing is that I try to relax and lay the weight of my arm and bow on every note I play so that all the notes of the tune sound fully and properly, however fast the tune goes.  "
Aug 22
SUE C WHEELER commented on Kato Makoto's video
Aug 21
SUE C WHEELER commented on Brenda Mangan's video
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Ashokan Farewell on the Bowed Psaltery by Sue C Wheeler

"Thanks, Nozomi, I used to play the cello, so I guess that shows in my bowing. And it helps me feel more free to move a little."
Aug 21
Nozomi Nose commented on Brenda Mangan's video
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Ashokan Farewell on the Bowed Psaltery by Sue C Wheeler

"This is so lovely, Sue!  Thank you very much for sharing this video with us.   I have been looking forward to hearing you play the bowed psaltery.   I love your bow movement.  It's very artistic.  Nozomi"
Aug 21

Forum

Roosebeck instruments

Started by David Hamilton in General BP Forum. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Does anyone have any comments about Roosebeck instuments. I know the saying you get what ya pay for. I am looking at this baritone BP    …Continue

posting videos

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Aug 20. 1 Reply

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

breaking strings

Started by Amy Adams in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Aug 19. 3 Replies

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

Want to buy a large BASS bowed psaltery

Started by Mason Hamlin in For Sale. Last reply by Mason Hamlin Aug 4. 7 Replies

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

"Best Ever" bumper stickers for psaltery lovers

Started by Maureen Callanan in General BP Forum Jul 20. 0 Replies

My current one is "A Psaltery & Battery"    I get a lot of looks and smiles as I commute daily in the Washington, DC area. Of course, D.C. is filled wih lawyers... : )Continue

Taking on a student

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Psaltery Teachers. Last reply by Janet Pohl Jul 5. 4 Replies

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

Tenor Psaltery?

Started by Linda Hamilton in For Sale. Last reply by robert schuler Jun 17. 3 Replies

Hi,Does anyone have a 30-string tenor Psaltery (preferably with the lowest string as F) for sale. I live in Canada.Thanks.LindaContinue

note printout?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? May 25. 0 Replies

my friend has a 22 string soprano psaltery. I'm looking for a note printout for her to put under the strings. Any ideas? this is a 2009 Rick Long instrument. thanks. sue wContinue

Unicorn Strings Psaltery restring

Started by Barbara Wingert in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Barbara Wingert May 19. 2 Replies

Hi, I'm new to the bowed psaltery and just got a 1985 Unicorn Strings Psaltery. I need to replace some strings. I know the present system on the psaltery is using a wire on 2 pins. I am familiar with ball end strings. Has anyone tried converting…Continue

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I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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 

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: The Bladder Fiddle

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on January 28, 2016 at 7:30am 0 Comments

  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…

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high on bowed psaltery!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on December 26, 2015 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

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…

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Continuing my journey with bowed psalteries

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 8, 2015 at 1:57pm 4 Comments

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…

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Bowed Psaltery Relative: The Dan Bau

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

 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…

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My bowed psaltery debut, plus I'm all set up!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on August 21, 2015 at 6:54am 0 Comments

Ten days after acquiring my bowed psaltery (baritone), I was able to play some tunes as my cousins scattered ashes--both of their parents had died last year. The service was brief, informal, but beautiful, on the banks of the Sauble River.The guitar player and I each found a seat on moss covered tree limbs. I was told my music was very significant. Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Come by the Hills, and a little noodling. In other news, my James Jones platform came yesterday and I'm all set up…

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Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 3 Comments

  When you bravely take your Bowed Psaltery out in public you have to be prepared to say, "It's a Bowed Psaltery" while playing and explain about it little, so many people are amazed they have never seen one before and need to know "What is that?" RIGHT NOW! "Do you ever play the strings in the middle?" Is a pretty common question. You get all possible reactions ranging from complete indifference to absolute "Stop that and go away or I will hurt you." But you will find many people are…

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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/

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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
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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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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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