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An Article about Rosin from Strings Magazine

Started May 1, 2016 0 Replies

The Differences Between Dark and Amber RosinJANUARY 5, 2004Deciphering what…Continue

Tags: psaltery, bow, bowed, light, rosin

Congratulations to Spring Creek Psalteries!

Started Aug 18, 2015 0 Replies

I want to extend a big "congrats" to Sharon and Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries. Their beautiful psaltery took best in show at the 2015 Y-Bridge Arts Festival In Zanesville Ohio! …Continue

Tags: streichpsalter, arco, folk, instrument, wooden

Showcase of the Best Bowed Psaltery Videos

Started Mar 1, 2015 0 Replies

You'll notice new content in the upper right hand column. I will periodically feature a new video.These are the videos that member of Psaltery Strings have selected as solid representations of how…Continue

Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tish Westman Mar 5, 2015. 6 Replies

Here are the basic melodies for three songs for the symphony, I have audio files for Barbara Allen and The Great Silkie too.  I hope to get Mary Hamilton/Four Marys up in the next few days. Tish has…Continue

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes, seven of them
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I was struggling with violin and cello, but didn't want to give up bowing. I was googling bowed instruments and came across the bowed psaltery. I fell in love.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Eric Meier (Phantasy Psalteries) Greg and Tish Westman (Westman Instruments), Rick Long (Ringing Strings), the Esch Family (Inspired Instruments) and Charles Rogers, Jr. (Crooked Creek Psalteries) and my newest a Tenor D from Rick Long (Ringing Strings) and a sweet sounding soprano from Tom Fellenbaum.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Once in a silly talent show, last year (2010) at the First Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony and recently at the Second Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
no
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
am a student hoping to get better, but want to teach pre-schoolers and K-2 before the end of 2011.
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Well, I actually started it out of desperation for a single source of psaltery info.

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A Rose by any other name.....

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:32pm 2 Comments

Up until now, if I was asked what my all-time favorite song was I would have said “Ode to Joy”.  Now I’m not sure that’s the right answer!

This past weekend at the East TN BP Gathering the comment was made that a piece of sheet music titled “Ode to Joy” was really called "Joyful, Joyful".  This raised my curiosity and I did a little research.  

Beethoven wrote his 9th and final complete symphony over a 7 year period, 1818-1824. By that time he was considered totally deaf (some…

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A Fun Summer Project

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 3:53pm 10 Comments

If I was still in school and the teacher asked me what I did on my summer vacation, I'd have to tell her about Violet.

Violet is a doll I made. She is all crochet and has her own bowed psaltery. As time allows I'm planning on making her some friends. Some of her friends will play bowed psaltery and some will play other folk instruments.

I hope you like her. She was very fun to create.…

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A Journey of a Thousand (maybe a million) Steps

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 9:48am 7 Comments

A friend of mine loves to tease and poke fun at the bowed psaltery and my playing (maybe it's more about my skills then anything else ). It's not his type of music so I get it and ultimately he is supportive of my musical endeavors.

 

Recently he was at the airport and heard a familiar sound wafting through the air in an underground tunnel. He looked around and saw a woman playing a bowed psaltery with a jar out for donations. He approached her and asked if her…

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A thought that most of us share..

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 9:11am 0 Comments

Our member, Jon Williams, made this comment and I think most, if not all, of us here feel this way. Jon, I hope you don't mind my quoting you.

" I am focusing on Bowed Psaltries because I can play them better, love the sound, the looks, the way it sounds like a violin in a cathedral. I have seen people shed a tear after playing Amazing Grace for the first time. I still love a well played mountain dulcimer but the bowed psaltry touches my heart. Also I can teach anyone able to breathe…

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At 10:27am on January 4, 2017, Lois Skiffington said…

Thank you.  Happy New Year.  Love of psalteries is contagious. 

At 12:13pm on December 9, 2016, janet vanhandel said…

Thanks for adding me as a friend.   I am new to the psaltery world as I have just acquired a James Jones psaltery and love the haunting sound.  My main love is the hammered dulcimer, but the psaltery is now being added to my love of musical instruments.   I will enjoy being on this website and reading others comments and questions. 

Janet VanHandel 

At 10:36am on December 5, 2016, Mary Clare said…

Thank you for the welcome! I recently met a lady at a living history event who was playing the bowed psaltery, and it looked like so much fun. I found one on ebay and am enjoying learning to play it very much.

At 12:24pm on December 4, 2016, Freda Moore said…

Thanks for the welcoming me. I have been playing for about a year and 1/2 and so enjoy finding other folks who play the bowed psaltery.

At 2:54pm on December 3, 2016, Betsy Kopyc said…

Thanks so much for welcoming me. I just bought the bowed psaltery, and am loving finding pieces to play. I live in Maine, so hope that through this forum I can find like-minded people in my area.

At 12:31am on November 15, 2016, Deborah Hart said…

Thank you for welcoming me Donna. I am new to this, but very. happy with my psaltery!

At 5:43pm on October 21, 2016, Kimberly Rankin said…
Thank you Donna.
At 7:39pm on October 11, 2016, Frances Bercher said…

I just posted some questions on this site  about the psaltery - hope someone can answer. Thanks

At 3:40pm on September 17, 2016, Norm said…

Thanks for the welcome. Maybe I will see you at the E. TN gathering.

At 3:46pm on August 29, 2016, Charla A. Wilson said…

Thank you! I won a bowed psaltery last night on ebay.  It was made by Archie Smith and I am so excited about it! Glad to be here!

 
 
 

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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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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/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

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
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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