David Hamilton
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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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just got it as of 07/10/2016
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not yet
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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…


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,


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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