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Terry Butler updated their profile
Dec 8
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Dec 8
Karen B posted a discussion

New students welcome!

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a willingness to experiment with angle for both the bow and psaltery to get increasing comfort and quality sound with the instrument. I do have openings for additional students. I teach in Rockville MD. Check out my website, www.sweetstrings.biz, or message me here. See More
Dec 8
Devon Melanie Dougall commented on Karen Palmer's video
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Baritone Bowed Psaltery - Mary Did You Know

"Hi Karen,  The psaltery arrived today and I've just finished watching the 2 hour dvd.  I'm so blown away by the value of this instrument and all Rick Long sends along with it for the money.  Can't wait to start playing…"
Dec 6
Karen Palmer commented on Karen Palmer's video
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Baritone Bowed Psaltery - Mary Did You Know

"I have the amplifier that Rick Long recommended, a Roland AC33.  It has a chorus effect that sounds nice with the baritone psaltery."
Dec 5
Karen Palmer commented on Karen Palmer's video
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"My baritone psaltery that Rick built has an internal amp jack so the amplifier plugs in directly to the psaltery and there is no external microphone.  I have a YouTube account and record with my phone and post on YouTube.  Since I play by…"
Dec 4
Devon Melanie Dougall updated their profile
Dec 4
Devon Melanie Dougall commented on Karen Palmer's video
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"Seems like you can do almost anything on an iPhone, but I don't have one.  I wonder what other people who have a "stupid" phone might be using. Could you tell me what you use for a microphone and an amplifier?  I just…"
Dec 4
Karen Palmer commented on Karen Palmer's video
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Baritone Bowed Psaltery - Mary Did You Know

"I’m recording on my iPhone. It’s really simple to post to YouTube."
Dec 3
Karen Palmer posted a video

Baritone Bowed Psaltery - Mary Did You Know

One of my favorite Christmas songs. It is played with double bows and an amplifier.
Dec 2
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"FINLANDIA" on Bowed Psaltery

Jean Sibelius wrote this in 1899. Lyrics written in 1752 by Katharina von Schliegel were translated into English in 1855 by Jane Bothwick used this tune for ...
Nov 29
Charlie Marshall updated their profile
Nov 25
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" Bowed Psaltery

In 1850 Richard Storrs Willis, a student of Felix Mendelssohn wrote "Carol" as music for "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" originally a poem written by America...
Nov 20
Karen Palmer posted a video

Thankful - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

These words are so appropriate for Thanksgiving.
Nov 18
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video
Nov 10
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"DECK THE HALLS" on Bowed Psaltery

Originally a 16th century Welsh melody used for winter carol "Nos Galan". Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant wrote the English words in 1862. A while ago I di...
Nov 7
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a discussion

Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

 This very next weekend I will be giving a Bowed Psaltery workshop and jamming with a lot of good folks at Harvest of Dulcimers (as I like to call it) again this year, see "EVENTS" for more details. Its rather sad that this little Folk fest is well supported by a small but enthusiastic number of Dulcimer/Folk music fans, but gets very little interest or attendance from more of the millions of people we have around here. Its held in a large enough location but since its a large church they need…See More
Nov 6
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"Hi Phyllis, I'm doing a batch of Christmas tunes, hope they are helpful!"
Nov 5
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Nov 5
Karen Palmer posted a video

The Christmas Song

It’s a little early for the Christmas songs but it will take me till Christmas to get this one right!
Nov 4

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New students welcome!

Started by Karen B in Psaltery Teachers Dec 8. 0 Replies

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a willingness to experiment with angle for both the bow and psaltery to get increasing comfort and quality sound…Continue

Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery? Nov 6. 0 Replies

 This very next weekend I will be giving a Bowed Psaltery workshop and jamming with a lot of good folks at Harvest of Dulcimers (as I like to call it) again this year, see "EVENTS" for more details. Its rather sad that this little Folk fest is well…Continue

Lodging near Tannehill state park

Started by Liz in General BP Forum. Last reply by Liz Apr 18. 2 Replies

I would like to attend the June psaltery gathering at Tannehill, however all of the cabins are already rented. Does anyone have suggestions on a good nearby hotel?

Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started by julie stiles in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by julie stiles Feb 28. 5 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

Tags: texas, austin

Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand

Started by Beth Folkemer in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Feb 18. 3 Replies

My family was given a lovely Westman Soprano psaltery at the same time that we were ordering a James Jones Alto. Both are right-handed instruments, since 2 of the 3 of us are right-handed, it seemed to make sense to order a right-handed instrument,…Continue

Tags: bowing, left-handed, right-handed, Playin

ashokan farewell duet in japan

Started by julie stiles in Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings. Last reply by Celeste Howard Feb 6. 11 Replies

i love this!  too good not to share.  what psize psaltery is that?  Baritone?  listen to the cello-like tones when the guitar takes the lead.  just gorgeous! http://youtu.be/hbmHQNegU6IContinue

Tags: farewell, ashokan

Online music lessons

Started by Brenda Ruth Fisher in Psaltery Teachers. Last reply by Gretchen Feb 1. 1 Reply

I started online lessons with Celeste Ray. via google hangout . It really amazes me that I can set in my home in WV and get lessons from CA. Isnt technology great. In just two weeks she has me working on playing with two bows. I am really thrilled.…Continue

Information Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Feb 1. 1 Reply

I subscribe to Autoharp Quarterly and Dulcimer Players News they’re totally devoted to these instruments and are published four times a year. My question is does Bowed Psaltery have anything like this??

Information Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum Feb 1. 0 Replies

I subscribe to Autoharp Quarterly and Dulcimer Players News they’re totally devoted to these instruments and are published four times a year. My question is does Bowed Psaltery have anything like this??

Information Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum Feb 1. 0 Replies

I subscribe to Autoharp Quarterly and Dulcimer Players News they’re totally devoted to these instruments and are published four times a year. My question is does Bowed Psaltery have anything like this??

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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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My Waynie Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Linda Rodgers on February 27, 2016 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

I received my new absolutely beautiful Waynie Ultimate Bowed Psaltery yesterday 26 Feb. 2016. The workmanship and attention to detail is nothing short of marvelous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose Purpleheart wood and Wayne combined it with Curly  or Flame Maple. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! My baby is one class act Psaltery !!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't checked out wayniepsaltery please do so !!!! You will not regret it !!!!!!!!!!

Linda Rodgers

Oklahoma City, OK 

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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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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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