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Comment by LESLIE LAND on February 6, 2012 at 1:50pm

THAT'S IT!!!!  The reason I was trying to find it so badly, besides sounding like it was a really neat little book, is that I THINK I ordered it, but for some strange reason I can find no record of it.  Thank you so much!!!  Will see if I ordered it and, if not, will do so today!! I play recorders, ocarinas, etc and this will be great for all of them!

Comment by Dona Benkert on February 6, 2012 at 10:15am

Hi Leslie,

Here's a link to Elderly instruments and a great one octave tune book.

TUNE BOOK TWO: 104 ONE-OCTAVE TUNES

http://elderly.com/books/items/112-33.htm

Happy bowing!!

Dona

Comment by LESLIE LAND on February 5, 2012 at 8:22pm

Hi. I need to ask everyone a question. Someone on one of the forums I'm on, or in a group somewhere, mentioned a little book that was titled One Octave Songs or something like that. They even gave a link. "Songs" might not have been exactly right, but I know it was One Octave.....  Anyway, if any of you know of the manufacture or distributor of this, please let me know because it's driving me crazy!! 

Comment by LESLIE LAND on December 5, 2011 at 12:56pm

Thanks, Dona. I am enjoying it immensely!! I've already picked out a few songs on it just fooling around.  I took the chart that showed me what notes were where, then copied and taped them onto the instrument for now. I will start peeling them off one or two at a time until I don't need them. It's the easiest instrument I've ever played. I plan on playing lots of different types of music on it and, yes, classical! Need to improve my bowing, of course, but having a great time.  When I need a break from my other more challenging instruments, I can pick it up and just "fiddle" around with it.  Thanks for the welcome!

Comment by Dona Benkert on December 5, 2011 at 8:37am

Hi Leslie,

Welcome!  It is so exciting to get a new instrument - I'm sure you'll spend many hours enjoying it.  Are you going to play some of the symphonic music on it, or the more common psaltery tunes?  Any type of music is possible with a little adaptation now and then. With your flute background, once you have the basic techniques down you'll be able to play anything.  Please let us know any questions you have.  In the meantime- Happy Bowing!

Comment by LESLIE LAND on November 29, 2011 at 10:33pm

Hi. Just got my psaltery last night.  Got it tuned today by the local music tech. He's done everything except a psaltery, but now he's done that. I wish I had gotten a better one, but I had no idea that I would fall in love!!  I play flute with our city's Symphonic Band and I've been learning new instruments for the past year or so.  I'm very excited about this one and plan to follow through and develop my skill on it (didn't get too far with the concertina....). Glad to have found this group.  I'm sure I'll have lots of questions!

Comment by Dona Benkert on November 27, 2011 at 10:15am

Hi Michael, Welcome to the Psaltery Pstudents! 

If you are a true beginner to the psaltery - your first step (after tuning and rosin-ing up, of course) is to practice holding the bow and experimenting with the pressure required to produce a clear note.  If you start close to one end of the bow, simply let the bow glide accross a string (the full length of the bow hairs) without applying much pressure.  If the note is not clear, press just a tiny bit more until the desired sound is achieved.  You'll soon find the "lightness" of touch that works best with your psaltery and bow.  The lighest touch that produces a clear tone will be the most pleasing to others, and allow for greater dynamic range later.

Once you discover your clear note, simply practice going from lowest note to highest and back down again.  Then you're ready for an actual melody!

Donna is right- we do plan to make this an exciting page about the basics of the psaltery. 

 

Comment by Donna Malus on November 27, 2011 at 7:18am

Hi Michael, Dona Benkert and I have talked about this. We want to make this section about basic music reading and playing. The problem is time....  I hear you loud and clear though and will be making a New Years resolution to get that going.

I would love to hear more about your music ministry!

Comment by Michael Anderson on November 23, 2011 at 8:14pm

Hello everyone

I have a collection of instuments and one of these days I told myself I would learn how to play them. Recently a new friend of mine that I met through a mens group expressed a desire to do some kind of music ministry so I figured it was time to do more than sing. I basically found this group while searching info regarding the mountain dulcimer. Before this the only information I had was what I had on a cassette from Unicorn Strings (shows how long I have owned my bp lol). I love the idea of it being a melody instrument where if you know a melody you can pretty much play it. So I am looking to learn more about how to actually play.

 

Comment by Donna Austin on August 14, 2011 at 12:12pm

Advice, advice, advice!

Love to read how a tip or idea can help someone - and always helps me too.

 

 
 
 

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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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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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