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"Yes it is a lovely psaltery isn't it. I was watching an old episode of "Firefly" on Netflix when I saw the psaltery in the background."
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"Such a beautiful image."
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"CIELITO LINDO" on Bowed Psaltery

Ranchera song from Mexico written in 1882 by Quirino Mendoza y Cortes (1859-1957). Fun to play on the Bowed Psaltery.
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Brenda Mangan commented on Claire Favro's video
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Hank & Claire sing "Here Comes the Sun"

"Nicely done, Claire and Hank, Thanks for sharing."
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Brenda Mangan commented on Claire Favro's video
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Hank & Claire sing Hank Payne's "It's Only Words"

"Very nice Claire and Hank. Claire your bowed psaltery makes for a lovely accompaniment to this piece."
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Lonely Coyote was composed by Nathan Zangmeister and performed her by the Spring Creek Band. Nathan is a member of the Wayfarers and Two by Two. This was fil...

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Janine Allen commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"When I started, I found that the  easy electronic keyboard books by Hal Leonard were very helpful,  they have classics, Elvis , gospel, folk and many others.  I also recommend Donna Missigman's book.  She's not…"
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Hank & Claire sing Hank Payne's "It's Only Words"

"Great performance, Claire!  It’s amazing that you can sing while playing a different mekody on the bowed psaltery.  The bowed psaltery, the guitar and your singing are balanced so well.  Thank you very much for sharing this…"
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Janine Allen posted a status
"Thanks I've actually been here for several years but was unable to access it lately & signed yp again :) Hope to see you in TN next month!"
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SUE C WHEELER replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion My Bowed Psaltery Workshop in Costa Mesa CA... www.scdh.org
"Sounds like a fine event. If it could just be a bit closer to the eastern time zone... "
Sep 14
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a discussion

My Bowed Psaltery Workshop in Costa Mesa CA... www.scdh.org

 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, event but its the only Dulcimer Fest in SoCal. The headliners Cathy Barton and her husband David Para are famous,she an accomplished Hammer Dulcimer performer, and he an amazing Leaf player player and cut-up, and one of all us Mountain Dulcimer players…See More
Sep 13
SUE C WHEELER commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"FATHER KELLY" on Bowed Psaltery

"Gregg does make everything look easy! I hope if I keep practicing, the black notes and I will become good buddies.  I immediately looked up a copy of this beguiling tune and printed it off."
Sep 12
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"FATHER KELLY" on Bowed Psaltery

"Another very lovely tune, Gregg. And a nice demonstration of using the left hand bow to play the black notes.  See people, those black notes are nothing to fear. "
Sep 11
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"The Blackthorn Stick" on Bowed Psaltery

"Such a nice, lovely tune, Gregg. And you certainly display how smoothly and easily one can dip that bow over to the "dark side" to play those f# notes. "
Sep 11
Charlie Marshall posted a blog post

Organizing a new players group

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 hopefully get…See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"KING OF THE FAIRIES"-Bowed Psaltery

" One of Pete Shutler's big hits playing the Bowed Psaltery with his band "The Yetties" from Yetminster, Dorset, England. They featured Bowed Psaltery on one or two tunes on many of their records."
Sep 10

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My Bowed Psaltery Workshop in Costa Mesa CA... www.scdh.org

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in General BP Forum. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Sep 14. 1 Reply

 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

Roosebeck instruments

Started by David Hamilton in General BP Forum. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Aug 23. 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

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Organizing a new players group

Posted by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

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…

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I'm still playing

Posted by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

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.

sadly missed.  

I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 8 Comments

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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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

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

http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

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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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

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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