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Roosebeck instruments

Started this discussion. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Aug 23, 2016. 1 Reply

Does anyone have any comments about Roosebeck instuments. I know the saying you get what ya pay for. I am looking at this baritone BP    …Continue

 

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Janine Allen commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"When I started, I found that the  easy electronic keyboard books by Hal Leonard were very helpful,  they have classics, Elvis , gospel, folk and many others.  I also recommend Donna Missigman's book.  She's not…"
Sep 21, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"Oh, yes, beware of jamming with dulcimers! Just kidding, sort of, I have nothing personal against dulcimers but they will want to stay in G or D, as they have to tune to a key and stay there. But as your little group will be psalteries, autoharp and…"
Aug 30, 2016
SUE C WHEELER commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"David, listen to Brenda, not me! But I had to smile when I read your post. The first few pieces of music I bought were fiddle tunes, and surprised I was to see all those sharps and flats! And though the key of C might be easiest, you won't want…"
Aug 29, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"I have to confess, I like the "dark side" and the first reason I was drawn to a psaltery was its dark side.  There is no "best" key for a psaltery. It can handle any key, the thing is whether YOU let the sharps and flats…"
Aug 29, 2016
David Hamilton commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"I was only going with violin cuz I read somewhere it said violin . what key is best for a psaltery? Like I said I'm new to this I have been adjusting to the music. I have already purchased the music book on this website and  books…"
Aug 29, 2016
SUE C WHEELER commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"I would add a caution that, though violin music sounds like a logical choice, it often is written in keys that are challenging for us psalterists. Like three sharps or three flats or more. Unless you love your "dark side," beware! Dulcimer…"
Aug 29, 2016
SUE C WHEELER commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"I have found lots of music on Musicnotes.com, though much of it isn't free. Check out lead sheets and Easy Piano. Surprisingly, Flute Tunes  is also a good place, as well as a few others I suggest…"
Aug 29, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"Sheet music for violin will usually work. Many sheet music web sites let you look at the first page so you should be able to tell if it is in the range of your psaltery. So that is really the main thing, that it is in the range of your psaltery. I…"
Aug 28, 2016
David Hamilton posted a blog post

I have so many Questions

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 what kind of…See More
Aug 28, 2016
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Aug 23, 2016
SUE C WHEELER replied to David Hamilton's discussion Roosebeck instruments
"That is the same as my first bowed psaltery, which I bought last August. The low range sounds very pretty. But it has several disadvantages, as I learned as I came in contact with other players and their instruments. Not in order of importance…"
Aug 23, 2016
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Roosebeck instruments

Does anyone have any comments about Roosebeck instuments. I know the saying you get what ya pay for. I am looking at this baritone BP    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ROOSEBECK-RIGHT-HAND-HANDED-ROUNDED-BARITONE-PSALTERY-BOW-/401096673110?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368 See More
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"David, About the strings. Yes, you can get a "fatter" gauge wire to put on your psaltery. Gregg Schneeman, here on Psaltery Strings, is a good resource for restringing info. Or a local musical instrument shop may be able to help you. They…"
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I have so many Questions

Posted 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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At 6:09pm on August 7, 2016, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome!

At 8:47pm on August 3, 2016, Brenda Mangan said…

David, About the strings. Yes, you can get a "fatter" gauge wire to put on your psaltery. Gregg Schneeman, here on Psaltery Strings, is a good resource for restringing info. Or a local musical instrument shop may be able to help you. They likely won't know what a psaltery is, but still may be able to look at yours and tell you what gauge your strings are. 

As for help with learning to play, it would be great if you could make it to the East TN Bowed Psaltery Gathering the end of Oct. It looks to be only a few hours from you. 

Books can help some, but I found listening and watching and being around others playing is a great way to learn. Also, several of us here on Psaltery Strings have Youtube channels. I do, so does Gregg Schneeman, Rick Long, to name a few. Watching and listening is helpful.

Also, check the Psaltery Pstudents group here on Psaltery Strings. You'll find it down along the right hand column of this page. There are several tutorials and links to online helpful spots.

Hope this helps you. Enjoy your bowed psaltery.

Happy Bowing,

 ~Brenda

At 6:57pm on August 2, 2016, Brenda Mangan said…

Welcome David.

At 8:10pm on August 1, 2016, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings David!

 
 
 

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