Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
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Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

Started Nov 6, 2017 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... 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

 

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Robert Myers left a comment for Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
"Another attempt to upload photos: The Fellenbaum The Lucas Aha. Hope these are not too large."
Dec 3
Robert Myers left a comment for Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
"Greg, I am going to attempt to upload photos of my Fellenbaum and Lucas psalteries. Oops perhaps images are too big. What size H and W and pixil should I use to upload?"
Dec 3
Robert Myers left a comment for Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
"Gregg & Jean Thanks for the welcome to Psalterystrings. I am a 70 plus retired fellow who is spellingly (and obviously technologically) challenged. Took me nine attempts to log back in and change my password (I have lots of sticky notes but…"
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Roberta Koepfer left a comment for Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
"Hi Gregg and Jean, Thank you for the welcome! I’m very new to the bowed psaltery, and looking forward to making friends here, and learning more about this lovely instrument. Warm Regards, Roberta"
Nov 30
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Nov 30
randy greenwell left a comment for Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
"Thank you. I am new to the world of bowed psaltery. I went to Gatlinburg Tn. in October to the craft guild show and was amazed with this instrument. I now have completed making six psalteries( two of these I had to scrap). The four I have now are…"
Nov 24
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"MOSCOW NIGHTS" on Bowed Psaltery

Written by Russian composer Vasily Solovyov - Sedol and poet Mikhail Matusovsky in 1955. A big hit in the U.S. and U.K. in 1962, here is my Bowed Psaltery ve...
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
" I was hoping one of the Bowed Psaltery builders would have a comment on this issue but here is mine. There are a lot of poorly built Bowed Psalteries out there. I see many with beautiful boxes but have the strings on the high notes too short…"
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CHARLES GARFIELD AMBOY left a comment for Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey
"Jerry Beighley let me play his psaltery at Lisbon a few weeks ago. I wanted to play Meditation by Jules Massinet, but found no psaltery in production with its range. Finally found James Jones in Virginia, who is making one for me to run from G3 to…"
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"Thank you!"
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"Thanks! I'm just getting started with the psaltery. Pretty squeaky so far!"
Jun 20

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 sometimes called Basse de Flandre, Bumbass, and Poispil represents a long tradition of playing a bowed bass instrument of usually only…

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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 4:42pm on December 3, 2018, Robert Myers said…

Another attempt to upload photos:

The Fellenbaum

The Lucas

Aha. Hope these are not too large.

At 4:33pm on December 3, 2018, Robert Myers said…

Greg,

I am going to attempt to upload photos of my Fellenbaum and Lucas psalteries. Oops perhaps images are too big. What size H and W and pixil should I use to upload?

At 9:35am on December 1, 2018, Robert Myers said…

Gregg & Jean

Thanks for the welcome to Psalterystrings.

I am a 70 plus retired fellow who is spellingly (and obviously technologically) challenged. Took me nine attempts to log back in and change my password (I have lots of sticky notes but forget to list what they go to) to get back to you. Wife just took care of that for me.

I look forward to meeting new friends here and learning to play so new friends do not run away like my cat does as I practice.

Hope my attempt at changing Psaltery Pstrings from plain to wound and learning to play goes better than changing passwords.

Thanks again.

Now off to hear you play the songs  I see listed above.

At 10:20pm on November 30, 2018, Roberta Koepfer said…

Hi Gregg and Jean,

Thank you for the welcome!

I’m very new to the bowed psaltery, and looking forward to making friends here, and learning more about this lovely instrument.

Warm Regards,

Roberta

At 6:48am on November 24, 2018, randy greenwell said…

Thank you. I am new to the world of bowed psaltery. I went to Gatlinburg Tn. in October to the craft guild show and was amazed with this instrument. I now have completed making six psalteries( two of these I had to scrap). The four I have now are for Christmas gifts. Thank you for the warm welcome.

At 6:47pm on June 20, 2018, CHARLES GARFIELD AMBOY said…
Jerry Beighley let me play his psaltery at Lisbon a few weeks ago. I wanted to play Meditation by Jules Massinet, but found no psaltery in production with its range. Finally found James Jones in Virginia, who is making one for me to run from G3 to G6 (E6 is needed for Meditation). Meanwhile I drew one out on paper so I can practice silently with stick for bow. Skye Boat Song for starters. Normally play piano and cello, so having to get my head straight. Chuck
At 10:25am on June 20, 2018, Alan B House said…

Thanks !

At 10:17am on June 20, 2018, Victoria (Torii) Orr said…

Thank you!

At 8:48am on June 20, 2018, Diane C. said…

Thanks! I'm just getting started with the psaltery. Pretty squeaky so far!

At 9:33pm on March 27, 2018, Maria Roberts said…

Thank you Gregg, I am just a beginner. But I really want to learn to play well. Greetings from Maria.

 
 
 

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