Evelyn L Abston
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Teaching a beginning Bowed Psaltery workshop in my area

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evelyn L Abston Nov 27, 2012. 4 Replies

I am planning on teaching a beginning Bowed Psaltery Class in the spring 2013. For members who are already teaching classes. How many Psalterys do you have on hand for people who don't have their…Continue

Tags: Zither, Heaven, workshop, Psaltery, techques

Is Above the Sea and Sky a public domain song?

Started this discussion. Last reply by glen scratchley Dec 31, 2012. 11 Replies

I want to learn how to play Above the Sea and Sky. Is this a public domain song? Even if it has a copy right, I will pay for the license to perform it. Can anyone help me find where I can get the…Continue

Any tips on how to hold the Baritone Psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evelyn L Abston Nov 27, 2012. 13 Replies

I just got my Baritone Psalterty. It is much bigger than the Soprano Psaltery I started out with. It is so much bigger and heavier and I am having a problem holding it and bowing properly. Any tips?Continue

Tags: Roosebeck, Psaltery, Baritone, Psalterist, newbie

Anyone have a Baritone Psaltery made by Roosebeck?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evelyn L Abston Nov 7, 2012. 5 Replies

Hi Everyone:I recently bought a Baritone Psaltery. It has 37 strings. It came untuned. Being that i am an newbie, I thought it was supposed the low string (the longest) was to be tuned to an F like…Continue

 

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Evelyn L Abston replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Question on chords or notes in the group Psaltery Pstudents
"Hi Bubba, another idea, listen to the videos posted on this website to give you ideas on how harmony is incorporated with the Bowed Psaltery."
Aug 23, 2015
Evelyn L Abston commented on Donna Malus's video
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Minuet in D

"I love this music! all these wonderful musicians on the videos posted should get together and do a concert. what a wonderful thing this would be to behold."
Aug 23, 2015
Evelyn L Abston commented on Donna Malus's video
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Minuet in D

"I love this would love to see these talented musicians in concert. We need to get this video to someone who plays in a symphony, this could start a new trend in classical music!"
Aug 23, 2015
Evelyn L Abston replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion Question on chords or notes in the group Psaltery Pstudents
"Hi Bubba, I will try to answer this. when playing a Bowed Psaltery to get harmony you would be using two bows that would only produce two notes. So I guess if you wanted to add harmony you would find the note that adds color to the melody. Does this…"
Aug 23, 2015
Evelyn L Abston replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion practicing tips? in the group Psaltery Pstudents
"Sue this is just a guideline I use. you may find another way that works for you as you go through your practices. let us know. the more tips the better for us budding Psaltery musicians."
Aug 22, 2015
Evelyn L Abston replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion practicing tips? in the group Psaltery Pstudents
"Hi Sue, I am also learning how to use two bows. I practice in 30 minute sessions. I will start up with warm up exercises. one hand for the harmony -my left and right hand for the melody. I will start with just rhythmic movements the harmony bow…"
Aug 22, 2015
Evelyn L Abston replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Bowed Psaltery Renaissance Faire Repertoire
"Gregg: I just want to say I am a big fan of yours. I have seen videos on YOuTube and you are awesome. I bought your DVD and love watching your technique. I am currently learning how to use two bows. Thank you for sharing your talents and words of…"
Feb 1, 2014
Celeste Howard commented on Evelyn L Abston's blog post The Psalms of the Psaltery
"Hi Evelyn! Surprisingly, there are not many BP players in NY - but then I don't actively look since I'm busy with several projects: recording, showcasing and performing - that sort of thing..although, I do have a psaltery student.  he…"
Jul 1, 2013
Evelyn L Abston commented on Evelyn L Abston's blog post The Psalms of the Psaltery
"Hi Celeste: I am glad you liked my post. I have always wanted to go to NYC. Are there a lot of Psaltery musicians in NY? Do you teach a lot of Classes?"
Jun 29, 2013
Celeste Howard commented on Evelyn L Abston's blog post The Psalms of the Psaltery
"I miss No California - I'm a Cali and have been living in NYC for 11 years already - time flys - thanks for your lovely post!"
Jun 24, 2013
Evelyn L Abston replied to Donna Malus's discussion Sheet Music for February 2013 - Rush in the Pepper
"Hi Lisa: Skype is really easy to use. The tutorial they have is very easy to understand. How cool that you have a dog and a parrot. My hubby and I have 3 cats-Fiona 7, Oski 11 and Princess Moon-Cat 13 and one 4 year old Mini Lop named Reggie.…"
Feb 25, 2013
Evelyn L Abston replied to Donna Malus's discussion Sheet Music for February 2013 - Rush in the Pepper
"Hi lisa: Unicorn Strings is the brand name. But I have 3 different Psalterys: one Baritone Psaltery I named Rose (she has 37 strings and is a whopping 10 Lbs) she has a deeper register. My first Psaltery I learned on was made by Zither Heaven. It is…"
Feb 25, 2013
Evelyn L Abston replied to Donna Malus's discussion Sheet Music for February 2013 - Rush in the Pepper
"Hi Lisa: I am enclosing a photo of my Unicorn Strings. It has a nice clear tone. I love, love, love it. How does yours sound? It was really designed in 1926? I had read the history of the Bowed Psaltery and I heard that they didn't come out…"
Feb 25, 2013
Evelyn L Abston replied to Donna Malus's discussion Sheet Music for February 2013 - Rush in the Pepper
"Thank you so much Donna. I have been practicing on my Unicorn Strings Psaltery. It is a lot easier to play connected notes. My Unicorn Strings Psaltery was made in 1987-that is over 25 years. I had him restring it and it plays great."
Feb 24, 2013
Evelyn L Abston replied to Tim Smith's discussion Unicorn players chime in please!!
"I too have a zither heaven 20 and 22 string psaltery. they do have a brighter tone with a not of over tones which is why I feel these instruments would be good in chakra work; The Unicorn Strings Psaltery is easier to play and I can do vibrato and…"
Jan 4, 2013
Evelyn L Abston replied to Tim Smith's discussion Unicorn players chime in please!!
"Hi Lori: Mine is 30 strings-I guess that is 2.5? does yours have one string for two notes also? One of the strings broke and I realized that I now have to change the F and the G. There are instructions that came with my unicorn, but I am still not…"
Jan 4, 2013

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I saw a video on YouTube made by Zither Heaven
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Roosebeck
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
2 Months
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I am working up a repatoire with a friend. We want to go to senior homes.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Not yet. But want to when I feel comfortable.
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
an article I found on the internet.

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The Sounds of the Season

Posted on December 25, 2012 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Yesterday, I went to my sister's home to make tamales and catch up with my Sister, Elaine her husband, Greg and my brother, Gabe. Gabe who is a very talented guitarist/songwriter brought his Ibanez and I bought my baby Psaltery.  We played Silent NIght, Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad and God Rest Ye Merry…

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The Psalms of the Psaltery

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 1:22am 6 Comments

It was a beautiful day in Vallejo, CA. I took out my Electric bike, put my baby Psaltery in the bike's basket and away we went. IT was a gorgeous day, sunny, cool and crisp. I went to the waterfront, parked my bike and went to Panama Red, the coffee place at the Ferry building and found a place to practice my…

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At 8:10pm on October 31, 2012, Madelyn said…

Hi, Evelyn. Saw your instant message tonight that you left this afternoon. I was at work, and I guess I'd left the BP site open all day. Didn't want you to think I'd ignored you.

Everything fine here after Hurricane Sandy. Hope all's well with you.

 

Maybe we can connect when we're both on at the same time.

 

Regards,

Madelyn

At 4:39pm on October 29, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome!

At 9:34am on October 28, 2012, Donna Malus said…

I've always been amazed that the psaltery hasn't become more popular. It may be that people just don't know about it so I take every opportunity to get it out there. I think it has wonderful possibilities also!

At 10:59pm on October 27, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Evelyn!

I hope you enjoy your psaltery as much as I enjoy mine. Don't be shy about asking questions or posting.

Donna

 
 
 

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James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
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Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

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408-867-4324
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Celeste Howard Ray
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347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
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Phone: 630.393.1247
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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
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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

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