Started this discussion. Last reply by Dutch Wigman Aug 9, 2015. 3 Replies 1 Like
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a recording I made using the Audacity software and a basic Logitec microphone. The instrument, a Loonsong Tenor, is being played using two Glasser 1/16th size…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Charlie Marshall Oct 28, 2013. 3 Replies 0 Likes
I've come up with a new design for a wall mount for psalteries and was wondering if there was enough interest in them to begin building more. Notice that a pin has been added for a place to hang the…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Charlie Marshall Nov 14, 2012. 4 Replies 1 Like
I just listed a nice bowed psaltery on ebay which will help pay for the materials and shipping of three new psalteries to a 10 student school in remote Alaska. Checkout the small village of Tennakee…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Oct 2, 2012. 3 Replies 1 Like
Our neighboring village recently concluded an "art/music" event in which local artists displayed their works and musicians conducted street performances throughout the downtown area. Every third…Continue
Posted on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment 1 Like
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…Continue
Posted on September 21, 2013 at 3:48pm 3 Comments 0 Likes
I'm currently working on being able to play with two bows at once. It fairly obvious that my left hand should be playing the "sharps" but I was wondering how other players handle the cross-overs between the bows so they don't get in the way of eachother when moving up and down the instrument.
Any comments or recommendations???
Posted on June 5, 2013 at 9:31pm 1 Comment 1 Like
As a builder of bowed psalteries, I needed a way to protect the top of instruments under construction from accidental damage during the installation of strings.
If you change your own strings, you know how easy it is to scratch or ding the finish when removing or installing strings. My solution may be an inexpensive way to protect your prized psaltery and you can make one yourself for just a dollar or two.
Take a look at the photos…Continue
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I've been thinking of getting a group of BP players together and was wondering how your group went and what you did together. This would be open to all. I know there are number of players around (in northern Michigan) sort of hiding out and playing on their own. I play with a Celtic group (hammered dulcimers, flute, mandolin, boudhran, marimbula etc.) Sometimes we hang out after practice and do a few BP rounds. We play out quite a bit, and I love sharing BP with audience members after gigs. All of which tells me there's a lot of interest in BP. I'd love any tips you have on getting a group together. Thanks!
Thanks for "friending" me, Charlie! Do you know anyone up my way who plays the psaltery? And do you know of any gatherings up in New England?
Thanks for all the input of content you have brought to Psaltery Strings over the years. My major suggestion to you would be to take one of that thickest lowest string and build it a monochord sound box at about the length you think the string will be the right tension and bow response is good. Maybe build it with more than one string length but all tuned to the same lowest note so you can pick one as better. the next most important string length is your shortest highest string which I'm sure you already know that one. All other strings fall in place as you see fit. I think that bigger spaces for low notes getting shorter for high notes can be taken to far like on an Omega-on his the high notes get way too close together and far away from their black key counterpart. I don't see that problem on yours or Kirbys. Personally I prefer to play equidistant but I notice you get used to the spacing of which ever Psalt you used to playing.
I've heard of Tenakee Springs, but I've never been there. I gather its a fairly small village in Southeast. It would be fun to visit there.
Hello! I won my second psaltery in a raffle and it is gorgeous! Three full octaves and an amp jack. I feel so decadent!
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