History and Traditions of the Bowed Psaltery (13)

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Wood Railed Bowed Psalteries

  Most Bowed Psalteries being built today use modern threaded nickle plated or blued zither tuning pins for what I call the rail pins. Thes…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

1 Jun 29, 2014
Reply by robert schuler

Rare Bowed Psaltery Relative

  The Chinese Yacheng, in Mongolia known as the Yatugalig is a unique bowed instrument related to the Korean Anjaeng. Experimental Musical…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Feb 7, 2014

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: The Talharpa

 The Talharpa family of Bowed Lyres which includes the Welsh Crwth have very ancient origins and were well known in some form or another th…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

1 Jan 19, 2014
Reply by Brenda Mangan

Bowed Psaltery Origins

 Richard Ward's article "German Factory Fiddles: The Mystery of Origin" shows that the cottage industry tradition of musical instrument bui…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Jan 16, 2014

Unusual Bowed Psaltery Designs

  I sorted these pictures out of Donna Malus' photos showing unusual Bowed Psaltery designs but I know there are others out there. Please a…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Dec 19, 2013

Unusual Bowed Psaltery Designs

 The Gudower Streich-Psalter Ensemble of St Marien Germany "Kontra Streich" play very different versions of the Bowed Psaltery developed by…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

7 Dec 18, 2013
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

Bowed Psaltery Relatives

 The German word "Zither" is a very generic word meaning "string instrument" which is why we Bowed Psaltery players must accept the confusi…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Aug 30, 2013

The Violin-Zither history since the 1920s

 The history available Googeling "Bobs Ukelin Homepage" pretty much says it all-the ukelin salesmen were the Jehovah's Witnesses of the mus…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Aug 29, 2013

The Violin-Zither

 When you play a Bowed Psaltery in public you get asked all sorts of questions.One of which is "Can you play chords on it?" The Violin-Zith…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Aug 27, 2013

Bowed Psaltery Origins

 For 3000 years the salt miners of Salzburg, Halstatt ,Tyrolian region have been a center of trade, wealth, learning,and technology.This ar…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

1 Aug 27, 2013
Reply by K.Keller

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Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

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From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

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Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

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Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
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Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
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James Jones Instruments
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Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

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Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
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Celeste Howard Ray
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
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Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
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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
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Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
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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
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Melbourne, FL
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