Elaine, it can be very helpful to read web pages from BP makers who list on the right hand of the page. I find Rick Long's site to be very beneficial.And the Westman's have free music available (so do others).
Be sure to have a good tuner so you don't assault your ears! Also learn how to properly rosin your bow and remember strings on the BP will be like most instruments in that they need to settle in as well as stretch.
So jump right in and have fun! Ask questions. Play. Have fun. Ask more questions.
Elaine, welcome aboard! You and Mark have tons of material to read and apply to your new instruments.Have either of you played another such as uke or guitar or ? The BP is easier to begin to learn yet provides a lifetime of enjoyment. Kristi
Dona Benkert -
Illinois Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
& 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westmaninstruments.com
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 email@example.com http://upontheharp.com
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.