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Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dutch Wigman Aug 9, 2015. 3 Replies

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

Tags: psaltery, tenor, Irish, bowing, Double

Wall Mounting Bowed Psalteries

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charlie Marshall Oct 28, 2013. 3 Replies

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

Tags: Mount, Wall

Buy my Psaltery to support school children and music

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charlie Marshall Nov 14, 2012. 4 Replies

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

A Psaltery Sucess Story

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Oct 2, 2012. 3 Replies

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

 

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SUE C WHEELER commented on Charlie Marshall's blog post Organizing a new players group
"Just doing some browsing and noticed your interesting post of September 10, 2016.  How did it go? Any nibbles?"
Jan 12
Charlie Marshall replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Questions from a Newbie
"Frances, As a builder, i would agree with Sue on the recommendation to look for a psaltery with 25 strings.  The reason I say that is that the first psaltery I built had 24 strings and I soon found out the range was not great enough to play…"
Oct 13, 2016
Charlie Marshall posted a blog post

Organizing a new players group

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 hopefully get…See More
Sep 10, 2016
Charlie Marshall replied to Linda Hamilton's discussion Tenor Psaltery?
"Linda, I have a few 30 stringed tenors available. I'm also in the final stages of completing a couple this week to increase my Christmas inventory.  Are you looking for a new one or used?  The psalteries I build start on a G ( lowest…"
Sep 30, 2015
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey left a comment for Charlie Marshall
"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…"
Aug 18, 2015
Dutch Wigman replied to Charlie Marshall's discussion Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery
"O'Carolan sure wrote a lot of tunes.  More then I expected.  I found a web site that listed them all.  Thanks for the head's up."
Aug 9, 2015
Charlie Marshall replied to Charlie Marshall's discussion Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery
"Dutch, I agree with you on the need for more Irish music being played on the psaltery.   I really like a number of O'Carolan's tunes.  Many fit the sound of psalteries nicely and the sheet music is commonly available on…"
Aug 9, 2015
Charlie Marshall commented on Donna Malus's photo
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"Sue, I have found that the 1/16 violin bows work just fine on my alto and tenor instruments.  I started out with inexpensive wood violin bows but later changed to a matched set of Glasser bows.  I like the fact that the violin bows lay…"
Aug 9, 2015
Charlie Marshall commented on Donna Malus's photo
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"I, personally, don't like the idea of having a tripod mounting system installed directly in a psaltery.  It increases the chance that it will affect the resonance of the instrument plus it puts additional strain on the wood.  If…"
Aug 8, 2015
Dutch Wigman replied to Charlie Marshall's discussion Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery
"I like it, wish more Irish music was being played/"
Aug 6, 2015
Charlie Marshall replied to David Murton's discussion How tight should the bow hair be.
"David, The tightness of the hairs on your bow is partly determined by personal preference and the type of strings that are on your psaltery.  I play my tenor ( PB wound strings ) and alto ( solid wire ) with the same bows.  For this…"
Mar 28, 2015
Charlie Marshall commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery
"Gregg, Ricks comments reflect many of the same experiences I had when I tested some flat wound strings that I used on my fiddle. The flat wound strings just didn't work plus good they are generally more expensive. One of important detail that…"
Mar 26, 2015
Charlie Marshall posted a discussion

Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery

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 violin bows.  With practice and two bows, it is possible to work your way up to a reasonable tempo to play some of these faster songs.See More
Mar 11, 2015
Charlie Marshall replied to David Murton's discussion Another string question
"Dave, The psaltery you are building can be expanded to 2 1/2 octaves by adding additional pins and still utilize the variable hitch pin spacing.  I attached a photo of one of five I built last spring.  The clearance between the PB strings…"
Mar 5, 2015
Charlie Marshall posted a photo
Mar 5, 2015
Charlie Marshall replied to David Murton's discussion Another string question
"David, I began building bowed psalteries using the Psimple Psaltery design a few years ago but have modified the concept a little to meet my needs.  If you follow the construction details in the Psimple Psaltery document carefully, you will…"
Mar 4, 2015

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes, too many
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
A friend showed me one and I got to play it.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I build alto and tenor bowed psalteries. I'm up to my 30th instrument and plan on building many more.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
4 years
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Sometimes at Church and other social functions. I'm still working on learning to play at a level I'm comfortable with in a public forum. I normally play an Octave mandolin
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Yes
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
No, I'm still learning but have gained enough experience that I could get a novice started with the basics. I have learned quite a bit during the process of building them and completing the setup and tuning of the instruments.
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Searching the web

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Organizing a new players group

Posted 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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Double Bowing Techniques

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 3:48pm 3 Comments

Greetings,

 

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???

Psaltery Bib ??

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 9:31pm 1 Comment

Greetings,

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…

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At 1:14pm on August 18, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

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. 

At 7:19pm on December 9, 2012, Randy Westbrook said…
Hi Charlie. Thanks for the welcome. I've learned a lot here already.

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.
At 8:19pm on July 21, 2012, Jennifer McDonald said…

Hello!  I won my second psaltery in a raffle and it is gorgeous!  Three full octaves and an amp jack.  I feel so decadent!

At 6:17am on June 27, 2011, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…
Welcome!
At 7:34pm on June 26, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Hi Charlie! Welcome to Psaltery Strings. I hope you enjoy the site and find it entertaining. Please visit often and feel free to post, comment and ask questions.

Donna

 
 
 

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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/

 

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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
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Melbourne, FL
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