As for how much rosin to use, I'd say lay it on. When you've had a little more experience you might be able to tell when the resistance is keeping you from smoothly bowing a long note. That would be a possible indicator of using excess rosin. Since you've just started, though, there won't be any rosin build-up on the strings, and you do need that. You may want to consider joining us at the bowed psaltery symphony workshop in Beckley, West Virginia. It's an excellent opportunity for 4 days of training, tutoring and just plain fun with a lot of other people who love this geeky little instrument that almost nobody's heard of. The food is great, too.
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.