Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Nov 28, 2016. 1 Reply

 Especially since going to East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering I have been making more videos. As a musician I was quite used to playing a tune and letting it go flying off into the air. Back…Continue

My Bowed Psaltery Workshop in Costa Mesa CA... www.scdh.org

Started this discussion. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Sep 14, 2016. 1 Reply

 Almost time for the "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers" where I will be giving one official Bowed Psaltery workshop and otherwise will be jamming and holding forth about Bowed Psalteries to anyone…Continue

"Folk Tune Finder" Web Site

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Apr 1, 2016. 1 Reply

  As a musician who does not read music I do find "Folk Tune Finder" ...http://folktunefinder.com  a very helpful site. A given tune, you name it, it will pop…Continue

Schneeman's Bowed Psaltery Worksop in Costa Mesa CA Oct 10th 2015

Started Oct 4, 2015 0 Replies

 The 21st Harvest Festival of Dulcimers is this very next Saturday. Please look here under Events for more info. Nice new location. Jeanie and I will lead the Bowed Psaltery Workshop.  …Continue

 

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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Karen Palmer's video
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Battle Cry of Freedom - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

" Nicely played Karen, your new Rick Long Bowed Psaltery sounds great on that tune!"
Jun 21
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Jun 14
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey updated an event

KINDRED GATHERING DULCIMER FESTIVAL #43 at Laytonville CA

August 10, 2017 at 12pm to August 13, 2017 at 7pm
Bowed Psaltery friendly Dulcimer Festival. Jean and I have, when we can, attended KG for over forty years! Everyone helps set up, bring food, cooks, washes dishes, etc. and play dulcimer music. Bring money to donate if you can but no admission fee, extra money goes to next years KG. I especially want to encourage west coast Bowed Psaltery folks to come to KG this year to discuss starting a Bowed Psaltery Gathering in California next year.See More
Jun 13
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted an event

KINDRED GATHERING DULCIMER FESTIVAL #43 at Mendocino Magic

August 10, 2017 at 12pm to August 13, 2017 at 7pm
Bowed Psaltery friendly Dulcimer Festival. Jean and I have, when we can, attended KG for over forty years! Everyone helps set up, bring food, cooks, washes dishes, etc. and play dulcimer music. Bring money to donate if you can but no admission fee, extra money goes to next years KG. I especially want to encourage west coast Bowed Psaltery folks to come to KG this year to discuss starting a Bowed Psaltery Gathering in California next year.See More
Jun 11
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Branle des Chevaux" on Bowed Psaltery

"Very nice, Gregg. I love all your historical tunes. "
Jun 5
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"Branle des Chevaux" on Bowed Psaltery

"The Horse Dance" Thoinot Arbeau published this in his "Orchesographie"(1589). This is a good tune for showing off the "slide" technique. Instead of picking ...
Jun 4
Dave Holeton commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"DEVIL'S DREAM #2" on Bowed Psaltery

"Another good one Gregg.  I'll have to work on learning to use the settings for speeding up or slowing down a song on Youtube. Dave"
May 11
Dave Holeton commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"DEVIL'S DREAM #1" on Bowed Psaltery

"Well Done Gregg. It's amazing what you can do with one bow! Dave"
May 11
Nozomi Nose commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"DEVIL'S DREAM #1" on Bowed Psaltery

"Gregg-san, Thank you very much for mentioning my video.  I will post my video here, to Psaltery Strings.  I was just amazed to watch this video, and also Devil's Dream #2, that you played Devil’s Dream this fast with only one…"
May 11
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
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"Check out close relative of the Bowed Psaltery......https://youtu.be/B0gQlfiqHLY"
May 3
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted an event

DOWN HOME PSALTERY FESTIVAL at Tannehill Historical State Park, Mc Calla Alabama

July 9, 2017 at 11am to July 10, 2017 at 7pm
 The National Bowed Psaltery Competition (See" Dave's Psaltery" website for Competition Rules) on Saturday. Friday afternoon into evening jamming and playing, also on Saturday workshops.See More
Apr 25
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"Whitehaven Volunteers" on Bowed Psaltery

"I'm glad you are enjoying these tunes Brenda, I find them running around in my head while doing chores, etc. I'm also happy to see more people putting up what Bowed Psaltery tunes their working on here on Psaltery Strings! "
Apr 25
Brenda Mangan commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video
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"All Around The Maypole" on Bowed Psaltery

"Lovely, Gregg. Thanks again for sharing your talents with us."
Apr 23

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
1972 Saw one on television played with Jean Richie
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Two by Ellen Yeomans, three by Stan 1/2, 2 by Terry L. Watson,one CapriTaurus, and a very nice Alto built by Dave's Psalteries.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
40 ish years
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
The Renaissance Faires, and dulcimer festivals, and some farmers markets, and Lark Camp. I play Bowed Psaltery at the Original RenFaire with our renaissance band, called,"Ad Hoc Consort"and Danse Macabre. Most recently I have started a YouTube channel "Gregg E. Schneeman" playing Bowed Psaltery on videos!
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
no,but i do restringing and adjusting.
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Yes! Also years ago I did a Bowed Psaltery instructional video, "Bowed Psaltery: An Instructional Guide" for "Lark in the Morning", which is still in distribution and available thru "Lark in the Morning".
http://larkinam.com/DVDPsaltery.html.
Please call me and leave a message:(626) 355-6352 Arcadia,CA 91006 or Email me at... schneegregg@icloud.com
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
looking for bowed psalteryness on the web

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Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: The Bladder Fiddle

Posted on January 28, 2016 at 7:30am 0 Comments

  Please see this YouTube video of traditional Baltic instruments being played...https://youtu.be/hMrumB7xMWE   Established authoritarian Musicologists have long held that "There were no bowed musical instruments in Europe before Byzantine versions were introduced in the 10th century AD."! The Bladder Fiddle Family represents a long tradition of playing a bowed bass instrument of usually only two strings and often not fingered at all but instead…

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Bowed Psaltery Relative: The Dan Bau

Posted on August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

 The Bowed Psaltery consists of a scale of individual strings each tuned to a specific pitch and arranged to be played upon one at a time by a bow. Each individual string is a musical instrument in its self called a Monochord. Monochords are the earliest stringed instruments with all other stringed instruments progressing from that first development. Many different Monochords were developed by many cultures through out history. One of these, the Vietnamese Dan Bau, sometimes described as a…

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Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 3 Comments

  When you bravely take your Bowed Psaltery out in public you have to be prepared to say, "It's a Bowed Psaltery" while playing and explain about it little, so many people are amazed they have never seen one before and need to know "What is that?" RIGHT NOW! "Do you ever play the strings in the middle?" Is a pretty common question. You get all possible reactions ranging from complete indifference to absolute "Stop that and go away or I will hurt you." But you will find many people are…

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The Passing of Jean Ritchie

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/arts/music/jean-ritchie-who-revived-appalachian-folk-songs-dies-at-92.html?_r=0  If you look at one of the photos with this article about Jean Ritchie's life you might notice a Bowed Psaltery in the back ground. Jean and I crossed paths at different folk events often enough that she remembered my name and encouraged my Bowed…

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At 6:49pm on March 20, 2017, Ande Driesen said…
Hello! Thank you for welcoming me. I'm a newbie and am very excited to begin learning! I'm working on figuring out this website too! Happy playing.
Ande
At 8:52am on March 20, 2017, Amy Gavin-Zachek said…

Thanks for the welcome.   I have not played my psaltry for a long time.  I'm hoping this site will give me motivation to take it out more often. 

At 4:15pm on February 19, 2017, Celeste Howard said…

Hi Gregg,

I remember contacting you back in the day when I first bought my custom psaltery!  A pleasure to re-connect -- Yes, I'm back in my home state of Cali - Yay!

At 10:23am on January 4, 2017, Lois Skiffington said…

Thanks.  I'm lovin' it.

At 10:39am on December 5, 2016, Mary Clare said…

Thank you so much! I am happy to be learning about this beautiful instrument.

At 4:26pm on November 15, 2016, Lois B Porter said…

Thanx!!  I'm new to the world of bp!  Love it!

At 12:37am on November 15, 2016, Deborah Hart said…

Hello, thank you for the kind greeting and for welcoming me!

At 2:54pm on November 5, 2016, Jane Hawkins said…
Thanks Greg and Jeannie for bringing such great music with you to Cove Lake. I love that you go outside the envelope. Lady of the Lake is a delight and I'm having fun learning it. And thanks again for that pizza! Jane H.
At 5:43pm on October 21, 2016, Kimberly Rankin said…
Thank you Gregg & Jean. My first question,( i know how to play it, its tuned etc) is how do i read the music or number letters, i dont know how long to bow over each note?
At 3:42pm on September 17, 2016, Norm said…

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

 
 
 

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