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"Folk Tune Finder" Web Site

  As a musician who does not read music I do find "Folk Tune Finder" ...  a very helpful site. A given tune, you n…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

1 Apr 1, 2016
Reply by Brenda Mangan

suggested books

Ok.I don't read music at all.So I'm interested in learning,but I wouldn't know where to begin.Is there any books I could get to learn how t…

Started by Bubba Jordan

5 Mar 12, 2016
Reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher

using amplification

does anyone have advice for amplification. When I play in jams or church, I'm told I need a pick up. I am totally ignorant of such things!

Started by SUE C WHEELER

3 Feb 1, 2016
Reply by robert schuler

Christmas playing

Any one playing for their church's Christmas program? Solo or in group? Yes, I'm searching for some ideas. I can do lots of tunes by ear, a…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

5 Dec 27, 2015
Reply by julie stiles

Schneeman's Bowed Psaltery Worksop in Costa Mesa CA Oct 10th 2015

 The 21st Harvest Festival of Dulcimers is this very next Saturday. Please look here under Events for more info. Nice new location. Jeanie…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Oct 4, 2015

Setting up with the Tripod

I have been making trips with my new psaltery, which has required taking down and setting up several times. I have a baritone psaltery from…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

3 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Brenda Mangan

Anyone in the Netherlands who can fix my BP?

Hey all! I live in the Netherlands and I inherited a bowed psaltery. I would love to play it. However, the strings are really old, as well…

Started by Niek de Gier

0 Sep 17, 2015

BP good therapy

I was in a motorcycle crash July a year ago.I'm still not able to work.So 2 weeks ago I hear this thing called a bowed psaltery.Of course I…

Started by Bubba Jordan

4 Aug 23, 2015
Reply by Bubba Jordan

psaltery luthier's

Good morning! I was wondering if any Psaltery luthier's were planning on coming to Winfield Kansas next month for the Walnut Valley Festiva…

Started by loy peters

2 Aug 21, 2015
Reply by loy peters


I was looking at blog posts on Bowing and found Nozomi's beautiful detailed post from Oct, 2013. I mean to go through it carefully when I g…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

0 Aug 18, 2015


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