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Bow, Bow, Bow, Beau?

"Streichpsalter" Translated into English as BOWED Psaltery, Streich in German specifically refers to dragging or drawing or scraping where as the English word Bowed also refers to Bowing before lords, idols, pressure, etc., a Bow tied in a ribbon as well as the Bow of a boat. Archet is French for “small arch” which does a better job of describing the bow itself. Hence "Psalterion a' Archet"- which is any member of that family of musical instruments usually plucked, strummed, or struck with…See More
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Bowed psalteries for sale

HiI am new to psalterystrings and I need some info. I have a number of Rick Long- built psalteries and I have decided to sell a few but I don't know the process on this site for listing, making contact, etc. I would appreciate some pointers. Thanks in advance.See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman posted a blog post

Ancient Chinese Bowed Psaltery Relative

An ancient version of the Bowed Psaltery played with a bow or rosined wooden stick is called a the Qingzhou cuoqin 青州挫琴 (rubbed zither) from Shandong, see a short video of it played at... ChiaChinahttps://youtu.be/D3Dca6I__1c                                                                                         Please see my "Bowed Psaltery Related Instruments" playlist for more videos about this and other instruments.See More
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QuaranTune 7.0 at The comfort of your own home, online through Zoom.

June 2, 2022 at 6pm to June 5, 2022 at 7pm
Online music festival which includes several bowed psaltery classes. One hour classes just $10.30. no other fees. Features bowed psaltery instructors Tish Westman and Brenda Mangan.To register visit:QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival (virtualdulcimerfest.com)See More
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Brenda Mangan replied to bob pryor's discussion Type of psaltery
"Hello Bob, I have a 30 string by Rick Long. That makes it 2 1/2 octaves, which is a good range for me. It is the rare song that goes beyond that. So whatever maker you choose, I'd get at least 2 1/2."
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bob pryor posted a discussion

Type of psaltery

hiI play a 24 string instrument. I'd like a bit more range. What should I be looking for.ThanksBobSee More
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Maria Roberts posted a discussion

Need a teacher close by in Myersville MD

I am trying to learn the Psaltery on my own but I am not too good at music. I really hope I can get some help. Thank you. Maria.See More
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Bunessan for two bows

Started by Kite Giedraitis in Sheet Music to Share Jul 21. 0 Replies

Same melody as Morning Has Broken. But as long as you leave out the lyrics, it's a traditional song in the public domain. Guitar chords included, as always. Musescore file included in case you need to change the key.Continue

Swing Low Sweet Chariot for two bows

Started by Kite Giedraitis in Sheet Music to Share Jul 21. 0 Replies

A classic gospel piece. Performance suggestion: speed up a bit starting at measure 9, and slow back down gradually during measures 15-16.If it doesn't fit on your BP and you need to change the key, you can open the .mscz file with Musescore (a free…Continue

Bowed psalteries for sale

Started by John Hill in For Sale Jun 4. 0 Replies

HiI am new to psalterystrings and I need some info. I have a number of Rick Long- built psalteries and I have decided to sell a few but I don't know the process on this site for listing, making contact, etc. I would appreciate some pointers. Thanks…Continue

Type of psaltery

Started by bob pryor in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan May 19. 1 Reply

hiI play a 24 string instrument. I'd like a bit more range. What should I be looking for.ThanksBobContinue

Need a teacher close by in Myersville MD

Started by Maria Roberts in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Apr 22. 1 Reply

I am trying to learn the Psaltery on my own but I am not too good at music. I really hope I can get some help. Thank you. Maria.Continue

Melanie Williams.

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum. Last reply by Dave Holeton Mar 1. 5 Replies

Hello.  I'm sorry I haven't visited this site as often as I used to visit.  It seems I'm busier now that I retired than I was before I retired and I've slowed down on keeping up with all of the sites where I used to participate.I received the email…Continue

Bowed psaltery jams in Southern Wisconsin

Started by Patricia A. Friestad in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by Patricia A. Friestad Feb 28. 2 Replies

I'm curious,  are there any bowed psaltery players around? I'm new and play by ear. Thanks,  Patti Continue

Greensleeves with two bows

Started by Kite Giedraitis in Sheet Music to Share Feb 28. 0 Replies

The first time through serves as both a good beginner version and as a way to build up to the more active second time through. The grace notes in measures 25 and 29 aren't as hard as they look. Just play G-B-D rapidly, a little early, so that the D…Continue

Portlnd Oregon

Started by Kite Giedraitis in Psaltery Teachers Feb 23. 0 Replies

Hi, my name is Kite Giedraitis and I've been playing the bowed psaltery since the 80's. I'm a multi-instrumentalist, but the psaltery was my first love and I played it exclusively for about 5 years. I'm available for video lessons, or in-person…Continue

Tuning Issue

Started by Gay Kang in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows Dec 12, 2021. 0 Replies

Anyone familiar with tuning a David Kingslake psaltery?  He carved symbols into the wood by each hitch pin: the right side is clear; the left side is not clear.  He uses symbols such as x or d above left side notes. Do I interpret these as sharps…Continue

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Bow, Bow, Bow, Beau?

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman on July 31, 2022 at 8:16am 0 Comments

"Streichpsalter" Translated into English as BOWED Psaltery, Streich in German specifically refers to dragging or drawing or scraping where as the English word Bowed also refers to Bowing before lords, idols, pressure, etc., a Bow tied in a ribbon as well as the Bow of a boat. Archet is French for “small arch” which does a better job of describing the bow itself. Hence "Psalterion a' Archet"- which is any member of that family of musical instruments usually plucked, strummed, or struck…

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Ancient Chinese Bowed Psaltery Relative

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman on May 26, 2022 at 8:30am 0 Comments

An ancient version of the Bowed Psaltery played with a bow or rosined wooden stick is called a the Qingzhou cuoqin 青州挫琴 (rubbed zither) from Shandong, see a short video of it played at... ChiaChinahttps://youtu.be/D3Dca6I__1c                                                                                         Please see my "Bowed Psaltery Related Instruments" playlist for more videos about this and other instruments.

Why I haven't been adding my videos here...

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman on January 15, 2022 at 8:41am 0 Comments

  Just want to explain that I still appreciate the importance of Psaltery Strings, thank you Donna Malus, for all your years of maintaining THE community site for Bowed Psaltery Players world wide to join and participate at. A major focus of my Bowed Psaltery activities for the last five years has been making lots of Bowed Psaltery YouTube videos, over 600! If I put up every video here at Psaltery Strings I would constantly be pushing Nozomi's and other Bowed Psaltery players videos out of…

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Folk week

Posted by bob pryor on July 28, 2021 at 1:39am 0 Comments

hi all

In just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.

Magic

New Psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on January 8, 2021 at 4:25am 1 Comment

My new psaltery came yesterday. Song of the Wood from Jerry Read Smith. Book matched Western Red Cedar top, maple frame and cherry back. Right around 2 pounds for 2.5 octaves. Beautiful instrument and sounds sweet from top to bottom. :) Exactly what I was looking for. …

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Thank You All at the Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Nozomi Nose on December 13, 2020 at 10:18pm 1 Comment

I, too, had a GREAT TIME joining in Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering.  I would like to thank the instructors for their suggestive workshops and wonderful performances at the concert, and those who made extraordinary effort technically to make this event happen. 

Since I joined East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering last year, it is a big support for me to know there is a very friendly and supportive bowed psaltery playing community in the U.S.A. and it is a great pleasure for me to…

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2020 Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Mary Megrant on December 11, 2020 at 5:18pm 1 Comment

I am having a good time! Attended three workshops today. All three were taught by Tish Westman. I am so glad that I did this. It is much easier for me to be enthusiastic about music in a supportive musical community. It makes a HUGE difference in counteracting all the negativity I have been fed over the years about my musical abilities.

My new “vintage” bowed psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on November 25, 2020 at 7:17pm 2 Comments

I bought a “vintage” bowed psaltery from a gentleman in South Carolina via Reverb.com. It is a Brent Clark made in 1994...and looks almost exactly like a Noteworthy psaltery...except that it is walnut both front and back. 32 stings, alto. I unstrung it, cleaned it up, and restrung it with a set of multiple gauge guitar strings...probably heavier than I needed, but I did not know any better at the time. It is now settling after its first tuning. :) Though I learned a lot already in setting it…

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New Strings?

Posted by Liese Alexandra Connell on November 14, 2020 at 7:23am 0 Comments

Where can I buy new strings for my psaltery?

App that as a psaltery ringtone

Posted by Mouth Bow on September 17, 2020 at 3:29pm 0 Comments

I don't know if you are aware of it but in the ringtone app with Google play store there is Musical Instruments Free 

 Best Ringtones apps

In their strings they have Psaltery one with a photo of bowed Psaltery but they pocket it but they also have Dulcimer both hammer and strum I use the strum I like the song Whiskey Before Breakfast. If you are interested check out the app maybe the members can get…

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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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Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

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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