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Mechelle Fox updated their profile
Tuesday
Mechelle Fox posted a discussion

A question about restringing

I was wondering if it would be possible to restring my Roosebeck baritone psaltery with all phosphor bronze wound strings. Do they even come in a thin enough gauge to be used on the higher end of the range? Any opinions or information would be welcome.See More
Tuesday
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Tuesday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"MARCH OF ST. TIMOTHY" - Bowed Psaltery

Judi Morningstar wrote this fun tune that is very popular with the Jammers that come to play at the Original Dulcimer Players Club "Dulcimer Funfest" in Evar...
Saturday
Kato Makoto posted videos
May 31
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Keys
"Thanks so much, Brenda."
May 25
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Keys
"If you are right handed, the sharps and flats that you need for the different keys are on the left. Keu of G has only F#, D has C# and F# , keu of C has no sharps or flats etc"
May 25
Frances Bercher posted a discussion

Keys

I see music for the BP written in key of D or c  - where do I locatethat on my BP? I have 20+ years of playing competitive bagpipes but the BP is flummoxing me. Posted questions often don't get answered and can't find anyone in southeast Wisconsin who can teach me.  ThanksSee More
May 25
Frances Bercher posted a discussion

Need Help

How do I tell the difference between soprano, alto and baritone psalteries?See More
May 18
Kathy Adkins posted a discussion

Question of Curiosity

How much do you practice?  Do you practice daily and how long do you practice.  Just curious. :)See More
May 16
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
May 11
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a blog post

"Bowed Psaltery Arrive Early At Evart Michigan Dulcimer Funfest"

 Hi fellow Bowed Psaltery enthusiasts! I'm suggesting people arrive as early as they can for the Original Dulcimer Players Funfest at Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart Michigan July 18, 19, & 20 2019. I will be there the weekend before and other campers are beginning to arrive so jamming gets under way with more people showing up all the time. There has been increasing interest in the Bowed Psaltery at ODPF and this year we are hoping for a even bigger Bowed Psaltery presence! Camping…See More
Apr 29
Cynthia Phillips posted a status
"Will “Music of the Month” start back up before long?"
Apr 14
Kathy Adkins updated their profile
Apr 10
Frances Bercher replied to Cynthia Phillips's discussion Tuning Question
"Thanks for the advice. The G string is 3 1/4" from the bridge, F# is 4". Solved the problem by attaching the Snark tuner to the rail pin. Thanks again. "
Apr 9
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Cynthia Phillips's discussion Tuning Question
" My questions are: how short are these high strings that won't tune? If they are shorter than an inch and a quarter, and or shorter than the string is long on the other side of the bridge/nut to the tuner pin? That will affect their…"
Apr 8
Frances Bercher replied to Cynthia Phillips's discussion Tuning Question
"I'm anxious to see the answers to this. I have a Snark and a Korg and the short strings will not register on either. "
Apr 6
Cynthia Phillips posted a discussion

Tuning Question

My sister and I both purchased bowed psalteries during her visit from Alaska to NC.  We started learning together, and both bought Snark tuners. Upon her return to Alaska, our plan was to FaceTime weekly and play together.  When attempting to do this, our notes were not at the same pitch, despite our Snarks telling us both that we were in tune.  She purchased an app to check her psaltery and it was in tune.  I checked mime with a Korg tuner as well as online tuner.  Both indicated mine was…See More
Apr 6
Cynthia Phillips posted a status
"Does an alto psaltery exist or is the alto range the lower octave of a 2-1/2 octave psaltery?"
Apr 5
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Apr 2

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A question about restringing

Started by Mechelle Fox in General BP Forum on Tuesday. 0 Replies

I was wondering if it would be possible to restring my Roosebeck baritone psaltery with all phosphor bronze wound strings. Do they even come in a thin enough gauge to be used on the higher end of the range? Any opinions or information would be…Continue

Keys

Started by Frances Bercher in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Frances Bercher May 25. 2 Replies

I see music for the BP written in key of D or c  - where do I locatethat on my BP? I have 20+ years of playing competitive bagpipes but the BP is flummoxing me. Posted questions often don't get answered and can't find anyone in southeast Wisconsin…Continue

Need Help

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum May 18. 0 Replies

How do I tell the difference between soprano, alto and baritone psalteries?Continue

Question of Curiosity

Started by Kathy Adkins in General BP Forum May 16. 0 Replies

How much do you practice?  Do you practice daily and how long do you practice.  Just curious. :)Continue

Tuning Question

Started by Cynthia Phillips in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Frances Bercher Apr 9. 3 Replies

My sister and I both purchased bowed psalteries during her visit from Alaska to NC.  We started learning together, and both bought Snark tuners. Upon her return to Alaska, our plan was to FaceTime weekly and play together.  When attempting to do…Continue

Tab?

Started by Darrell Atkins in Sheet Music to Share Apr 1. 0 Replies

Anyone have a tab for:  I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You they care to share? Continue

Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Kathy Kennebrook Mar 15. 9 Replies

I've started work on PS Music Book Vol. 2 and was wondering what songs you might like to see in Volume 2.Please post your suggestions here, I'd love to hear from you. Remember, songs must be in the Public Domain. If you're not sure, I'll double…Continue

Cello Psaltery Build

Started by Bill in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by robert schuler Mar 5. 1 Reply

I am looking to build a cello sized psaltery.  My two big questions are string size and hitch pin spacing.  Any advise, plans, ideas please send them along.Continue

Tenor Psaltery?

Started by Linda Hamilton in For Sale. Last reply by Linda Hamilton Feb 19. 5 Replies

Hi,Does anyone have a 30-string tenor Psaltery (preferably with the lowest string as F) for sale. I live in Canada.Thanks.LindaContinue

The Bow

Started by Frances Bercher in The Bow. Last reply by Frances Bercher Jan 30. 12 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

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"Bowed Psaltery Arrive Early At Evart Michigan Dulcimer Funfest"

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

 Hi fellow Bowed Psaltery enthusiasts! I'm suggesting people arrive as early as they can for the Original Dulcimer Players Funfest at Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart Michigan July 18, 19, & 20 2019. I will be there the weekend before and other campers are beginning to arrive so jamming gets under way with more people showing up all the time. There has been increasing interest in the Bowed Psaltery at ODPF and this year we are hoping for a even bigger Bowed Psaltery presence! Camping…

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Tab

Posted by Darrell Atkins on April 1, 2019 at 4:15pm 0 Comments

anyone have tab they care to share for:  I can’t help falling in love with you? 

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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Celeste Howard Ray
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
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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.
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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
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606-676-0128
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http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

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