Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's Discussions

Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

Started Nov 6 0 Replies

 This very next weekend I will be giving a Bowed Psaltery workshop and jamming with a lot of good folks at Harvest of Dulcimers (as I like to call it) again this year, see "EVENTS" for more details.…Continue

My Latest Videos

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...

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" ...  a very helpful site. A given tune, you name it, it will pop…Continue


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"FINLANDIA" on Bowed Psaltery

Jean Sibelius wrote this in 1899. Lyrics written in 1752 by Katharina von Schliegel were translated into English in 1855 by Jane Bothwick used this tune for ...
Nov 29
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" Bowed Psaltery

In 1850 Richard Storrs Willis, a student of Felix Mendelssohn wrote "Carol" as music for "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" originally a poem written by America...
Nov 20
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"DECK THE HALLS" on Bowed Psaltery

Originally a 16th century Welsh melody used for winter carol "Nos Galan". Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant wrote the English words in 1862. A while ago I di...
Nov 7
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a discussion

Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

 This very next weekend I will be giving a Bowed Psaltery workshop and jamming with a lot of good folks at Harvest of Dulcimers (as I like to call it) again this year, see "EVENTS" for more details. Its rather sad that this little Folk fest is well supported by a small but enthusiastic number of Dulcimer/Folk music fans, but gets very little interest or attendance from more of the millions of people we have around here. Its held in a large enough location but since its a large church they need…See More
Nov 6
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"Hi Phyllis, I'm doing a batch of Christmas tunes, hope they are helpful!"
Nov 5
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Nov 5
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"DON OICHE UD IM BEITHIL" on Bowed Psaltery

"THAT NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM" One of the oldest known Irish Christmas Carols. Here is my Bowed Psaltery instrumental version, I hope I express the spirit of the ...
Oct 23

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
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".
Please call me and leave a message:(626) 355-6352 Arcadia,CA 91006 or Email me at...
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...   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 sometimes called Basse de Flandre, Bumbass, and Poispil represents a long tradition of playing a bowed bass instrument of usually only…


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…


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…


The Passing of Jean Ritchie

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment  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 5:35pm on October 5, 2017, Catherine moore said…
Thank you!
At 6:21pm on October 4, 2017, Catherine moore said…
Thank you!
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.
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.

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