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Nov 28
Loren is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Nov 27
Donna Malus commented on Laura's status
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Nov 23
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"Hey Donna, Congrats on retirement!"
Nov 18
Sharon Fidler posted a status
"Rounds: Dona Nobis Pacem, Long Is Our Winter (in northern Michigan!), Hymn to the Russian Earth, Hey Ho Nobody Home, By the Water of Babylon"
Nov 17
Donna Malus replied to Diane E Baumer's discussion Admin?
"I have been booting anyone who I hear has sent spam messages. It's happening more often lately. The spammers are getting very smart about answering the questions given when they join. I had one soon to be spammer talk all about meeting Rick…"
Nov 17
Donna Malus commented on Nozomi Nose's blog post We are safely back in Japan
"Nozomi-san, I am so sorry I was not able to attend and meet you. How wonderful it was that you could join the Gathering. I hope you are able to do so again. "
Nov 17
Donna Malus commented on Donna Malus's video
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RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"Denise and Camelia, this is a baritone psaltery. The cello strings used on this psaltery would never fit on a regular psaltery, to wide but also they need more length. Ricks bariton with the cello strings has to be played using an amplifier or there…"
Nov 17
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Karen Palmer commented on Gregg E. Schneeman's video
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KAREN PALMER, SYLVIA, & I BOWED PSALTERY

"Thanks again for capturing and sharing so many fun moments!"
Nov 6
Gregg E. Schneeman posted a video

KAREN PALMER, SYLVIA, & I BOWED PSALTERY

"THE BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM" is the tune we are playing. Karen is an excellent Bowed Psaltery Player who has only been playing the Bowed Psaltery for two year...
Nov 5
Karen Palmer posted a video

Coleman’s March Duet

Mountain dulcimer (Ron Zuckerman) and bowed psaltery (Karen Palmer)
Nov 5
Karen Palmer commented on Nozomi Nose's blog post We are safely back in Japan
"Thank you so much for coming!  It was wonderful to meet and spend time with you."
Nov 4
Gregg E. Schneeman posted a video

Nozomi Nose & Me at ETBPG 2019

"Harper's Frolic" is the tune. It was a very exciting East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering! Nozomi Nose is the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world. Sh...
Nov 1
Nozomi Nose posted a blog post

We are safely back in Japan

So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan. So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to come to…See More
Oct 31
Gregg E. Schneeman posted a status
"Just two days until the Cove Lake State Park Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering! I'm already here and ready to Psalt away!"
Oct 22
Constance Dainus is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Oct 13
Nozomi Nose commented on Gregg E. Schneeman's blog post Nozomi Nose Coming To ETBPG!
"Thank you, Gregg-san!  I, too, am so excited to join the Gathering.   Looking forward to see you all in Cove Lake State Park!   Nozomi"
Oct 8
Fran Busta posted photos
Oct 7
Claire Hammond updated their profile
Oct 7

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Admin?

Started by Diane E Baumer in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Nov 17. 3 Replies

Sorry to put this here but I haven't been able to find an admin contact.  I've been getting email, spammed from this site - thought someone should be aware.  If admin wants to message me, I can provide the information.Thanks!DianeContinue

Need string help

Started by Pamela Haskin in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman Oct 4. 3 Replies

I have a Dave Lucas soprano bowed psaltery and one of the shirt high note strings snapped. Does anyone know what gauge string I need? And where can I buy a string?

Psaltery Stand

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Sep 24. 3 Replies

Does anyone know where I can find a stand to place my psaltery in when not playing it? I have one for my ukulele and it keeps the instrument out, in sight, and ready to play. I saw a nice one on ebay but it included a psaltery which I don't need.…Continue

Sheet Music for October 2013 - Clergy's Lamentation

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Robert Myers Sep 7. 11 Replies

It seems I'm on a Turlough O'Carolan kick...here is Clergy's Lamentation, probably my favorite O'Carolan melody. We played it one year at the symphony and may play it again next year.It is a lamentation so it would be played slowly, but I have heard…Continue

Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Robert Myers Sep 7. 11 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

Amazing Grace 2 bows

Started by Darrell Atkins in General BP Forum Jul 4. 0 Replies

hi- anyone have tab for Amazing Grace using 2 bows (seemingly 1 lead & 1harmony)  similar to the beautiful arrangement that Gregg Schneeman performs on YouTube? I play it in 3 different keys but with a single bow, Gregg’s is a much fuller,…Continue

A question about restringing

Started by Mechelle Fox in General BP Forum. Last reply by robert schuler Jun 23. 1 Reply

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

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We are safely back in Japan

Posted by Nozomi Nose on October 31, 2019 at 3:54am 2 Comments

So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan.

So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to…

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Nozomi Nose Coming To ETBPG!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman on October 6, 2019 at 8:13am 1 Comment

 Its very exciting news that Nozomi Nose, the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world, is flying all the way from Japan to attend and perform at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering Oct.24 - 26! I'm planning on driving there from California rather than fly so I can bring more instruments and gear, there is a camp ground right there in the park and a wide range of Motels nearby. Please see "EVENTS" here on Psaltery Strings for more information. 

"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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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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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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