Frances Bercher's Discussions (35)

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"I'm in Racine - haven't found anyone."

Frances Bercher replied Feb 25 to Bowed psaltery jams in Southern Wisconsin

2 Feb 28
Reply by Patricia A. Friestad

"Thanks, Denise. "

Frances Bercher replied Sep 24, 2019 to Psaltery Stand

3 Sep 24, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

"Thanks so much, Brenda."

Frances Bercher replied May 25, 2019 to Keys

2 May 25, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

"Thanks for the advice. The G string is 3 1/4" from the bridge, F# is 4". Solved the…"

Frances Bercher replied Apr 9, 2019 to Tuning Question

3 Apr 9, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

"I'm anxious to see the answers to this. I have a Snark and a Korg and the short stri…"

Frances Bercher replied Apr 6, 2019 to Tuning Question

3 Apr 9, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

"Thanks. I'm getting good sound out of all but the two shortest strings on each side."

Frances Bercher replied Jan 30, 2019 to The Bow

12 Jan 30, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

"Thanks for the reply. Am using .010 strings."

Frances Bercher replied Dec 17, 2018 to Dead Strings

15 Dec 17, 2018
Reply by Frances Bercher

"Thanks for your suggestions - I'll try them."

Frances Bercher replied Sep 17, 2018 to Dead Strings

15 Dec 17, 2018
Reply by Frances Bercher

"Yes, I can get some sounds from the longer strings but just a scraping sound on the…"

Frances Bercher replied Sep 15, 2018 to Dead Strings

15 Dec 17, 2018
Reply by Frances Bercher

"My pastry looks brand new but it is not.. It was made by Schuenhut and they no longe…"

Frances Bercher replied Jul 27, 2018 to Dead Strings

15 Dec 17, 2018
Reply by Frances Bercher


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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
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Phone: 630.393.1247

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.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
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