Bubba Jordan
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learning to read music

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bubba Jordan Oct 3, 2015. 2 Replies

I have begun to teach myself to read music over the last couple of days.(Thanks to Tish Westman and our conversation here back in August about chords and notes).I really want to encourage other's to…Continue

Your learning to play WHAT!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Pohl Oct 4, 2016. 9 Replies

Yep I was actually asked this in a MUSIC STORE the other day.I don't know who in shock the most,him the owner's son for asking,or me being asked by him.This is a family owned music store quite nice I…Continue

suggested books

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Mar 12, 2016. 5 Replies

Ok.I don't read music at all.So I'm interested in learning,but I wouldn't know where to begin.Is there any books I could get to learn how to read music.Or other suggestions,I can't afford a teacher…Continue

BP good therapy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bubba Jordan Aug 23, 2015. 4 Replies

I was in a motorcycle crash July a year ago.I'm still not able to work.So 2 weeks ago I hear this thing called a bowed psaltery.Of course I fell in love with the sound of it.Anyway my daughter goes…Continue


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Bubba Jordan commented on Karen Palmer's video

The River Shannon

"Thank You for sharing this song karen. Such a beautiful and relaxing tune"
Jul 20
Bubba Jordan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"THE FAIRY DANCE" on Bowed Psaltery with two bows

"I really enjoyed this tune.Thank You Gregg.Always such a joy to hear you play the Psaltery."
Jul 20
Bubba Jordan commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo & Bowed Psaltery

"Love this old tune. Bravo Nozomi and Junichi!Well done indeed."
Jul 19
Janet Pohl replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Your learning to play WHAT!
"What a nice reply, Donna!  I agree with everything you said,  I myself did not care for the soprano, but when I discovered the tenor I fell in love.  Now I also have a baritone.  And since I have heard some very skilled soprano…"
Oct 4, 2016
Donna Malus replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Your learning to play WHAT!
"I think that bowed psaltery is an instrument you love or "dislike intensely"  . At least that's been my experience. That opinion can be changed though. Exposure and variety in music played can go a long way to changing opinions.…"
Oct 4, 2016
SUE C WHEELER replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Your learning to play WHAT!
"It must be a matter of taste. I've had encouraging reactions most of the time. My cousin asked me to play tune after tune when we were at the cottage together. Church folks received me very nicely, too. I love it so much myself, that I…"
Oct 2, 2016
Janet Pohl replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Your learning to play WHAT!
"Sue, Yes, a lot of people don't care for it at all.  I recently brought my new baritone psaltery to autoharp camp, and they did like that because of its lower tone. "
Oct 2, 2016
SUE C WHEELER replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Your learning to play WHAT!
"Janet, I'm so confused. You mean they don't like the bowed psaltery?"
Oct 2, 2016
Janet Pohl replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Your learning to play WHAT!
"My experience unfortunately has been that most people do not like it at all!"
Oct 1, 2016
Bubba Jordan commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Hard Times Come Again No More

"Nozomi,your playing the BP get more beautiful each time I hear you play!I must say that this is the most hauntingly beautiful song I have ever heard in my life.Thank you so much for posting.ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!"
May 11, 2016
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion suggested books
"I am learning to read music also. I found a good source of information on youtube. It is called music education for all. Their segments on learning to count music was very helpful"
Mar 12, 2016
Frank Syster left a comment for Bubba Jordan
"Thanks for the welcome Bubba. Appreciate it."
Mar 5, 2016
Bubba Jordan commented on Donna Malus's video

Two By Two at Spring Creek Psalteries

"Beautifully done!What great joy to know that We never have to walk that valley alone,for He is with Us always even unto the end of the world.HalleluYah!Mt.28:20"
Feb 21, 2016
Bubba Jordan replied to David Foley's discussion Just purchased my first psaltery
"Congrats Dave!! Now oooohh the wait.lol"
Feb 11, 2016
Julie left a comment for Bubba Jordan
"Nice to meet you, Bubba. My psaltrey will arrive this Friday, can't wait to play it!"
Feb 8, 2016
Bubba Jordan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

" The Band Played On" Bowed Psaltery and Mandola

"Well done indeed!My two favorite instruments.thank U Gregg,as always a joy to hear you perform."
Jan 10, 2016

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At 12:57pm on March 5, 2016, Frank Syster said…

Thanks for the welcome Bubba. Appreciate it.

At 8:56pm on February 8, 2016, Julie said…
Nice to meet you, Bubba. My psaltrey will arrive this Friday, can't wait to play it!
At 4:10pm on October 13, 2015, Patricia Clutter said…

Thank you Bubba Jordon!! 

At 4:09pm on September 12, 2015, Andre Landrum said…

Thank you very much for your welcome to the site and your comments. I am amazed at how friendly everyone is here. It is a welcomed change from other sites. I am a brand new player/beginner and have a lot to learn. If you have any suggested helps like you tube videos etc. that you recommend for an absolute beginner at playing any stringed instrument, please tell me about them.



At 10:15pm on September 7, 2015, Sharon Shoemaker said…

Good to know that!

At 6:03pm on September 6, 2015, Sharon Shoemaker said…
Welcome Bubba, and thank you. I can't wait for my psaltery to come so Ican get started. I'm hoping the support here will keep me g oing through the tough spots.
At 8:06pm on August 17, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Bubba, let us know if we can answer any BP questions, there sure are getting to be a lot of Bowed Psaltery players in Louisiana! 

At 7:38pm on August 17, 2015, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 7:25pm on August 17, 2015, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Bubba!


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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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