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Serenity replied to Ruth Lawrence's discussion Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14
"Were you playing harmony or chording? It sounded nice."
yesterday
Serenity replied to David Murton's discussion How tight should the bow hair be.
"I had two bows with different colors of "nylon" strings, they sound different. The one with darker colored nylon sounded better, so I took it to a luthier and had it restrung with the dark stuff.I asked him about using real horse hair and…"
yesterday
David Murton replied to David Murton's discussion How tight should the bow hair be.
"Thank you both. I will wait till the horsehair arrives and experiment with the bow stiffness to make sure the hair is tightI think my temporary bow is a little slack as the bow string does deflect a bit against the instrument string. I am using pb…"
yesterday
robert schuler replied to David Murton's discussion How tight should the bow hair be.
"Tight as possible. I can play faster and more accurately with tight hair. When hair is loose some hairs catch the pins... Bob"
yesterday
Charlie Marshall replied to David Murton's discussion How tight should the bow hair be.
"David, The tightness of the hairs on your bow is partly determined by personal preference and the type of strings that are on your psaltery.  I play my tenor ( PB wound strings ) and alto ( solid wire ) with the same bows.  For this…"
yesterday
David Murton posted a discussion

How tight should the bow hair be.

I have just finished building my first psaltery and being a bit impatient I quickly made a bow with 2 thin pieces of pine laminated to form an arch and strung it with 40 strands of 8lb fishing line.Bearing in mind that I have never played any bowed instrument before (in fact I have never played any instrument) I was surprised bow well the bow worked although it doesn't seem to hold the rosin very well.I have now  ordered some horsehair & started on another bow.…See More
Saturday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery
"  I didn't mean to leave the impression I thought regular wound string didn't work at all. The Bowed Dulcimer players such as Ken Bloom bow on regular wound strings with complete satisfaction. There are a lot of Cello sized Bowed…"
Friday
robert schuler commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery
"Wouldn't it be nice if D'Addario sold helicore violin strings unfinished in 100 ft long rolls... Bob."
Thursday
Charlie Marshall commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery
"Gregg, Ricks comments reflect many of the same experiences I had when I tested some flat wound strings that I used on my fiddle. The flat wound strings just didn't work plus good they are generally more expensive. One of important detail that…"
Thursday
Rick Long commented on Rick Long's event 2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"As of today, I have fifty-one registered for the Gathering.  Fourteen spaces left to the limit and registration will be closed."
Wednesday
Rick Long commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery
"Hi Gregg,  I can offer some knowledge from my experiences using wound strings on bowed psalteries.  The first time tried wound strings on a bowed psaltery was 20 years ago.  I started experimenting with larger psalteries and ended up…"
Wednesday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"Still just getting over being scared of the "Videoing Thing"."
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Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms" Bowed Psaltery With Two Bows

"Gregg, I could listen to you play all day long. And thanks for the way you record so we can see how you play. I noticed and learned something new in watching this time ;) "
Wednesday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Wednesday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a blog post

Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery

  First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to avoid…See More
Wednesday
Susy Q replied to Susy Q's discussion Baritone Psaltery String Sizes
"I will post photos when I'm done. Dave, i guess I'll be doing the trial and error bit as well, since I scaled the size up to 36" overall length. I ordered some 18, mostly 20, and some 24 because of the significantly longer VSL.…"
Tuesday
David Murton replied to Susy Q's discussion Baritone Psaltery String Sizes
"Hi Susy I worked by trial & error. On mine the longest 2 strings on each side are .022 & the shortest 4 on each side are 0.018, All the rest are 0.020. I have to say that it sounds OK (to me at least but I'm no musician) except that the…"
Tuesday
Serenity replied to Susy Q's discussion Baritone Psaltery String Sizes
"Please post photos, if you don't mind, after your psaltery is finished. I love walnut and would love to see it. My husband is  luthier, and has built dulcimers and mandolins. I, however, am not skilled in that arena. I just love playing."
Tuesday
Susy Q replied to Susy Q's discussion Baritone Psaltery String Sizes
"Thank you David. My baritone is actually a scaled up Psimple Psaltery... Adding the G2 octave. Since the higher two octaves are the same as yours I presume the .018's will work for the high notes on mine. How did you decide when/where to change…"
Mar 24
David Murton replied to Susy Q's discussion Baritone Psaltery String Sizes
"Like you I'm not a luthier but I have just built my first psaltery. Mine is a 2 octave Psimple Psaltery which I have strung with bronze wound strings to get a range of G3 to G5. The higher notes are strung with .018 strings & the shortest…"
Mar 24

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Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14

Started by Ruth Lawrence in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Serenity yesterday. 2 Replies

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

How tight should the bow hair be.

Started by David Murton in The Bow. Last reply by Serenity yesterday. 4 Replies

I have just finished building my first psaltery and being a bit impatient I quickly made a bow with 2 thin pieces of pine laminated to form an arch and strung it with 40 strands of 8lb fishing line.Bearing in mind that I have never played any bowed…Continue

Baritone Psaltery String Sizes

Started by Susy Q in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Susy Q on Tuesday. 7 Replies

First a disclaimer... I'm not a luthier, I'm a avid woodworker.  BUT, I love make music, either by playing or building!  I'm trying to find what size (gauge) strings would work best for a baritone bowed psaltery I just built. Here's the details... I…Continue

Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery

Started by Charlie Marshall in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings Mar 11. 0 Replies

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a recording I made using the Audacity software and a basic Logitec microphone.  The instrument, a Loonsong Tenor, is being played using two Glasser 1/16th size violin bows.  With practice and two bows, it is…Continue

Tags: psaltery, tenor, Irish, bowing, Double

Another string question

Started by David Murton in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by David Murton Mar 5. 4 Replies

Hi from the UKI am a new member on this site and this is my first post.I am not a musician & I guess at 67 I’m starting a bit late so what I’m about to ask might be really stupid.I am building a Psimple Psaltery and am nearly at the stage of…Continue

Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Started by Donna Malus in General BP Forum. Last reply by Tish Westman Mar 5. 6 Replies

Here are the basic melodies for three songs for the symphony, I have audio files for Barbara Allen and The Great Silkie too.  I hope to get Mary Hamilton/Four Marys up in the next few days. Tish has been having computer and web site problems,…Continue

Showcase of the Best Bowed Psaltery Videos

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery for Hire Mar 1. 0 Replies

You'll notice new content in the upper right hand column. I will periodically feature a new video.These are the videos that member of Psaltery Strings have selected as solid representations of how great the bowed psaltery can be!  Keep more videos…Continue

Droning

Started by Peter T Cook in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by robert schuler Mar 1. 2 Replies

Donna,You suggested appropriate drone notes in your BP book. Is there a musical formula to determine these recommendations? Or???????Thanks,PeterContinue

Would a Video Tripod work??!!...

Started by Brian M Nusser in General BP Forum. Last reply by Charlie Marshall Feb 23. 8 Replies

I am considering purchasing a mount for my Psaltery so that it can be attached to a tripod, acting as a stand. (This might "date" me!!, but,...) I have an old tripod for an old "full-sized" RCA VHS Camcorder, (remember when, right?, Ha! Ha!!). Does…Continue

First two recordings

Started by Linda Hamilton in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Feb 15. 1 Reply

Hi,I've been playing around with two-bow technique. Here's what I've done so far (Eleanor Plunkett and Red Haired Boy). I still have a long ways to go, but am finding the instrument interesting. I got the bowed psaltery in late December and suspect…Continue

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Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on March 24, 2015 at 9:55pm 4 Comments

  First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…

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Psalteries welcome at our folk music jam on 4th Tuesdays in So, Cal. U.S.A.

Posted by Bea Romano on March 3, 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!  

I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A.  You can find details at www.Celticana.net.  Hope we can make music together!

Bea

Strings

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 7, 2015 at 3:00am 4 Comments

Hi Robert. Thanks for your comment. On what size of psaltery do you use .012? The should be some relationship beetween the size of the instrument and the gauge(s) used, otherwise strings would be rather too tight (and break easily) or too loose to produce sound. Do you find that is the case? The strings are attached with piano-style loop to small nails on the side of the psaltery. I will send more pictures where you can see the details.

Brenda, I believe we have the same issue here. So…

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Capa's psalteries

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:11am 1 Comment

Ok. Here you can see a few pictures of Capa's psalteries, made in Sant Sebastià de Montmajor, Catalonia, Europe. The one on the left needs to be restrung, and the other two need tuning, but they are almost finished. For any questions please contact me at saltiri d'arc.

By the way...

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Capa is the nickname for José Antonio Caparrós, who has his own page on this site. I am using his material with his knowledge and permission, as he has difficulty both with computers and English... I am incorporating my knowledge of piano stringing and my music experience into his beautiful psalteries, but all the woodwork must be credited to him only.

Changing profile photo

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:57am 0 Comments

I am not able to add a profile picture to my page.  I have tried with different photos and I get an error message. Any hints?

Stringing

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:52am 4 Comments

We are working on the stringing now. I would love to hear people's preferences and issues,as we are having doubts deciding the best gauges for each size of psaltery. As you know, Capa has his own way of attaching the strings to the far end without using hitch pins. Any comments from the members of this site?

health

Posted by K.Keller on December 5, 2014 at 11:10am 3 Comments

Had a needle biopsy yesterday which indicates that I do not have cancer! Am celebrating today!!!!

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…

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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.…

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