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Gail Van Amberg posted a discussion

bowed psaltery gathering Oct 25

24 days left to register for the Gathering. Agenda is on this page and Facebook. You can expect to meet nice people, learn new music, and have a good time.See More
Oct 1
Kato Makoto replied to Kato Makoto's discussion My latest psalteries, psaltery stands, and other accessories
Sep 28
Kato Makoto replied to Kato Makoto's discussion My latest psalteries, psaltery stands, and other accessories
"I will add two other photos. "
Sep 28
Kato Makoto posted a discussion

My latest psalteries, psaltery stands, and other accessories

 Hello everyone.  I hope you are spending a wonderful autumn season.  And I hope those who suffered from the hurricane recover from the damage as soon as possible. I thank you very much for watching our videos.  Let me explain a little about the instrument that we use.   A couple of years ago, I came across with the idea…See More
Sep 28
SUE C WHEELER posted a blog post

lonesome psaltery?

I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring.  We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business (https://www.etsy.com/shop/musicroomdollclothes. ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…See More
Sep 22
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Sep 18
Brenda Mangan replied to Gail Van Amberg's discussion Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"The Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake, TN, is always a wonderful time of fellowship, music, learning, and lots of fun. If you are anywhere at all near, and even if it's far for you, this event is worth the effort to come, learn, play,…"
Sep 17
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Thanks for your suggestions - I'll try them."
Sep 17
Dave Holeton replied to Gail Van Amberg's discussion Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"I think Gail will be posting more information on the Gathering schedule soon.  October 25th will be here before we know it. Last year we worked on using a bowed psaltery to support songs with lyrics.  We worked on "Love Is Blue"…"
Sep 17
Dave Holeton replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Frances You might also see if you can adjust the tension on the bow hair.  Sometimes looser or tighter bow hairs will make a difference with sounding the strings.  The type of bow hair can make a difference on the highest and lowest…"
Sep 17
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Yes, I can get some sounds from the longer strings but just a scraping sound on the short ones. Will try your suggestion - Thanks."
Sep 15
Brenda Mangan replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Sometimes with the very shortest strings you just need to have a VERY VERY light hand on the bow. Once you lighten up on the bow and get sound from those short strings, begin to gradually increase the "hand" on the bow and see how strong…"
Sep 15
Nozomi Nose posted videos
Aug 31
Kato Makoto posted videos
Aug 29
Nozomi Nose posted a status
Aug 26
Nozomi Nose posted a status
"We held Psaltery Music Festa on July 29, 2018. Videos from the event are uploarded. See http://www.youtube.com/user/MakotoKato1/videos"
Aug 26
Nozomi Nose posted a video

Sí Bheag Sí Mhór シーベック シーモア

プサルタリー演奏:能勢 希 Bowed Psaltery by Nozomi NOSE A Turlough O'Carolan's song.
Aug 26
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Aug 18
bob pryor posted an event

broadstairs folk week at broadstairs kent uk

November 8, 2018 to May 8, 2019
Starting next Saturday 11th aug, is broadstairs folk week. Different bands playing in pubs and halls each evening. Plus on the bandstand on the seafront each day along with several troops of morris men. Best of all. Groups, some old friends that meet each year and single people  just gather in the gardens just to play. I'll be there with bow in hand. Happy playingbobSee More
Aug 4
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Aug 2

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bowed psaltery gathering Oct 25

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum Oct 1. 0 Replies

24 days left to register for the Gathering. Agenda is on this page and Facebook. You can expect to meet nice people, learn new music, and have a good time.Continue

My latest psalteries, psaltery stands, and other accessories

Started by Kato Makoto in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Kato Makoto Sep 28. 2 Replies

 Hello everyone.  I hope you are spending a wonderful autumn season.  And I…Continue

Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Sep 17. 6 Replies

Just want to let people know that there will be a Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake October 25 - 28, 2018. I'm lining up the teachers - Rick Long will be teaching along with others. If you have something you would like to see happen or would…Continue

Dead Strings

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Sep 17. 13 Replies

I have a 2/1/2 octave bowed psaltery. On the two shortest strings, G & F#, I get only a dead, scraping sound. I think I have enough rosin on the bow because as I bow up the strings (lower notes) the sound is quite sweet. I tried replacing those…Continue

BP jewelry

Started by Sharon Fidler in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Karen Palmer Jun 18. 1 Reply

How can I reach Terry Butler about the beautiful BP jewelry? I'd like to get the pin :-)Sharon Fidler zephyrs5@sbcglobal.net Continue

The Bow

Started by Frances Bercher in The Bow. Last reply by Frances Bercher May 30. 9 Replies

I finally got all the strings on my new (used) psaltery replaced and all tuned with electronic tuner left over from my bagpiping days. Now can't get any sound when I use the bow! I ran it through a chunk of beeswax, could the problem be that I need…Continue

Sheet Music

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum May 24. 0 Replies

I am new to the psaltery and am wondering about sheet music. I have a 2 1/2 octave psaltery which I have been able to tune. The sheet music shows "key" the music is to be played in, also minor chords. Which would these be? ThanksContinue

notation program

Started by Tom Cox in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Tom Cox Apr 17. 2 Replies

What is the best program to use to write music for bowed psaltry? I need something that has the note name in the note. tabledit does not have a bowed psaltry option. and I need music in "D" to play with our dulcimer group>ThanksTomContinue

selling nice Cabin Creek Alto

Started by SUE C WHEELER in For Sale. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Mar 25. 2 Replies

Priced for you to try for a first psaltery or a nice gift for an instrument lover.  Has as sweet dove at soundhole.  Cherry.  $95 plus shipping!!Continue

MeetUp Group for Psaltery Players in Japan

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum Feb 19. 0 Replies

Tanezaki san (Tanezaki Riko) contacted me to let me know she has started a meet up group for psaltery players in Japan.  We are welcome to join the meet up and follow some of the activities for psaltery players in Japan and leave comments for those…Continue

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lonesome psaltery?

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am 0 Comments

I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring.  We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business (https://www.etsy.com/shop/musicroomdollclothes. ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…

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Sheet music for "A Walk beside the Placid Waters"

Posted by Ron Zuckerman on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/a-walk-beside-the-placid-waters-digital-sheet-music/20476869

It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass

The Magic of Evart

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm 0 Comments

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

http://evartdulcimerfest.org/

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…

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Cleaning soundboard

Posted by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm 0 Comments

I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering

Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…

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Organizing a new players group

Posted by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment

I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area.  I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in.  I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.

In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…

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I'm still playing

Posted by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

I've been missing from here for some time. But some times life seems so busy. I'm off down to dorset on my hols shortly. I'm taking my Bs. I've had this daft idea about playing on the top of Cerne abbas. Also pay my respects to the last resting place of Pete shutler. The man who made fall in love with the BS.

sadly missed.  

I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 8 Comments

If was to buy sheet music what would I get Violin. I would like to play some modern songs like the Beatles, Kansas, maybe Led Zepplin. You know shake the world up. I know someone  who plays Rock n roll on his accordion. I have really  only been seriously playing the psaltery for a few days and have learned all the xmas songs that my grandbaby and I plan on playing at her school and church this season. I have already purchased  2 other psalteries a xylophone and a autoharp to see…

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Looking for B.Psaltery players

Posted by Joyce Hibbard on August 9, 2016 at 7:54am 1 Comment

I live in Michigan's thumb area, and I am looking for B.P.Players in my area to get together to jam and practice. I will travel 30 to 50 miles, if need be, to get together. Anyone out there interested ?

I OWE A DEBT TO THE ORIGINAL DULCIMER PLAYERS CLUB, OR," WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN EVART, MI, SUE Z Q?"

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.  http://evartdulcimerfest.org/

This was the beginning of me-as-a bowed-psalterist.

I’m staggered by how much I’ve been able to play and learn this year.  I’ve accumulated reams of sheet music, but also picked out tune after tune by ear. I’ve memorized a couple pieces. I’ve participated in both a workshop and a festival with Tish Westman, and had gratis…

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Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

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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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Celeste Howard Ray
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
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& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, 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
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
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Melbourne, FL
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