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"SCDH MUSIC JAM #5" with Bowed Psaltery

"Fanny Power" by Turlough O'Carolan is the tune. August 9, 2018 The Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach CA hosted the Southern California Dulcimer Heri...
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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
barb taney replied to Gail Van Amberg's discussion Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"Thank you"
Jul 31
Gail Van Amberg replied to Gail Van Amberg's discussion Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"We are meeting at the community rooms right inside of the Cove Lake State Park enterance. There is a Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn within a mile of the Gathering. This is where most of us stay. There is a restaurant next door."
Jul 31
barb taney replied to Gail Van Amberg's discussion Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"Hi, What is the venue where the Gathering will take place, and do you have any ideas for lodging close by?  Thank you."
Jul 31
barb taney replied to Gail Van Amberg's discussion Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"What is the venue for the Gathering and do you have any ideas for lodging close by?"
Jul 31
Nancy Hart replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Well, I've tried to send this 3 times now, and can't get the picture loaded. If you get multiple replies from me it's because I have a new phone and the learning curve is agonizing! But everything you asked about checks out on this…"
Jul 27
Nancy Hart replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Well, I've tried to send this 3 times now, and can't get the picture loaded. If you get multiple replies from me it's because I have a new phone and the learning curve is agonizing! But everything you asked about checks out on this…"
Jul 27
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"My pastry looks brand new but it is not.. It was made by Schuenhut and they no longer make psalteries.  The G string is 4.5 inches from hitch pin to tuning pin and the F# string is almost 6 inches. The grooves in  the hitch pins are very…"
Jul 27
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
" I was hoping one of the Bowed Psaltery builders would have a comment on this issue but here is mine. There are a lot of poorly built Bowed Psalteries out there. I see many with beautiful boxes but have the strings on the high notes too short…"
Jul 27
Nancy Hart replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Thanks, Brenda. It's worth a try."
Jul 26
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Thanks for the reply. I totally replaced the strings and cleaned them with a rag damp with paint thinner.  The rosin I have is for violin, viola, cello. Is that what I should be using?"
Jul 25
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"I had a similar problem when I switched to a tackier rosin. When I switched back to normal rosin the problem went away.  You may want o clean those strings in case they have oil from you hands on them. Then get a new coat of rosin on those…"
Jul 25
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"Hopefully, someone will have a solution. Thanks for the reply."
Jul 23
Nancy Hart replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"I have the same problem. The G won't even register on the electronic tuner. "
Jul 23
Frances Bercher posted a discussion

Dead Strings

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 two strings but it didn't help. Any suggestions?See More
Jul 23
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Jul 13
Kaye McLaughlin updated their profile
Jun 24

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Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum. Last reply by barb taney Jul 31. 4 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 Nancy Hart Jul 27. 9 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

bach on bowed psaltery?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? Feb 4. 0 Replies

Know anyone whose tried Bach Cello Suites on bowed psaltery?Continue

Builder Info Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Feb 3. 1 Reply

Does anyone know of a link to a website for Randy Colby Psaltery Builder?????? Any contact info will be appreciated.

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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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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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