I'm curious about notes that U don't visually see on Ur BP.Example:Take the song,Calvary's The Reason Why.by Doyle Lawson.It chords D,G,D,E7,A,D7,G,D,A,D in the 1st verse.My question is how do U chord an E7,OR D7.Do U just use E and D.I love this song and would love to learn to play it.Thanks for any help

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Hi Bubba,

I will try to answer this. when playing a Bowed Psaltery to get harmony you would be using two bows that would only produce two notes. So I guess if you wanted to add harmony you would find the note that adds color to the melody. Does this make sense? Anyone else who might be more succinct than myself please chime in.

Hi Bubba,

another idea, listen to the videos posted on this website to give you ideas on how harmony is incorporated with the Bowed Psaltery.

Ok,Thank U Mrs.Evelyn.I'm new to the BP.I have started trying to use two bows.The videos here are awesome.I will study them more closely.

Evelyn is right. You can't play true chords on a bowed psaltery (unless you can figure out how to incorporate a third bow : ).   However you can get beautiful harmonies by using a second bow. The bowed psaltery is more of a melody instrument unlike guitar and others where you can do chords and sing along. 

Thanks,Mrs. Donna. I made me a second bow and it sounds really good on my BP so Now to see wat I can learn and do. Really not that hard on a slow song,but my goodness an up tempo song I'm app to cut my throat with the bow. Lol just picking.It's lots of fun

I'm thinking you are combining two different terms.  Chords vs. notes. In your questions you refer to the 1st verse chords, which have some 7th chords.  As in some of the replies, you can bow with 3 and 4 bows to get the triad chord and the 4th bow to add the 7th.  BUT... The question I am reading is "would love to learn to play it" tells me maybe you need to learn to play the melody first.  What you are seeing on your music is the chords not the notes.  If you are going to sing it than yes, playing (droning), some of the notes of the chord will create an awesome harmony to you singing the melody.  The notes you are seeing on the BP are just that, NOTES...  not  chords..  Hope this helped a little bit..

Thank U Mrs Tish,That's exaclty what i wanted to know.I see a G7 on guitar in a song.I was sitting here trying to figure out ok now wat do I do. I don't have G7 lol.My question was how do u improvise i guess.U all will get me straight here.lol.

Yes we can help you !!!!!!  The "Notes" that make up a "G" chord are G, B, and D. The 7th of the G scale is F# so to make a "G7" chord you need to add the F# to the sound.  So on the BP, if someone else or you are singing the melody, and you have two bows I would play either the B or D with my right hand and play the F# with my left..  It all depends on what notes are being sung in that measure as to what notes you would play to harmonize to the melody...

Thank U so much Mrs.Tish.That simplifies things for me.I usually use i iv v on mandolin.I have used i iii v.I not knowledgable on mandolin really.taught myself some on it.Keeps my fingers sore here lately.I dont tear the skin off end of my fingers with the BP.LOL.I've got to get over and check out Ur web page.I hope I don't weary U all with questions.

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