John Henry Charles Crocker
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
I own two at this time
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I saw one at a festival in France. Actually I saw many at that festival, of all sizes.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I did, in 1984, from rough sketches made'in the field'
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I have played( busked )at festivals, and sometimes played carols at church events, but never used one as my main instrument.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No,But I have in the past
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Used to take a couple into junior school along with plucked psalteries, just to introduce young children to the concept of making music. Now only to anyone who shows interest. Still have two, one with maple back, sides,and end, with walnut inlay around the cedar sound board edges; the other with mahogany back, sides, and end( concealed maple pin block) with spruce sound board, and if asked, am happy to pass on such skills as I may have.

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Posted on August 27, 2011 at 1:00am 1 Comment

Sorry about that post title, I could't resist it !

Having recently spent time making a couple of psalteries and then playing them in, I have been renewing  aquaintance with my own instrument, which had been out on loan while I made the others.   I picked it up and tested for tuning, it was OK.  It had been OK when I lent it out (sans tuning lever), and I began trying to remember the last time it was tuned.

   I could'nt !   

I then gave a thought to the strings on it,…

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At 6:30am on August 27, 2011, Katie Phillips said…
I don't know how to put things on here, it says you have to go through U tube. I'll have to wait for my husband to get back ,he's away for a week....and it's a bit difficult as I'm still waiting for my bow to come from America ....so haven't been able to play 
At 1:08pm on August 8, 2011, Katie Phillips said…
Yes of course I still want . Let me know about Sunday.
At 4:21am on August 8, 2011, Katie Phillips said…

Hi there,

Got back at 1.30am. Yes had a good time. I will put a photo on here later. Me playing my dulcimer in the sunflowers and also my daughter playing at the end of school term. You going to Geoffs on Sunday ??

At 10:40am on August 4, 2011, Terry Butler said…
You should record it then and post the video.  Looked for Hunsford House and under Playford Tunes and didn't find anything by that name.  No big deal.  Just curious as I've never heard of the tune.  I looked up Boulevogue when someone posted they were learning that one, and it's become one of my favorites along with Dark Island.  So I like to find songs people enjoy playing often.
At 8:50am on August 4, 2011, Terry Butler said…

I looked online for a song called "Dancing in the Manor" and there was nothing on that.

Something you wrote?   Do you have a link for that piece of music?

At 8:06pm on February 5, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi John, Welcome to Psaltery Strings we are thrilled to have you. Rick is correct you are number 50 ! I wish I had a prize to award you. Please, please feel free to browse and add and enjoy all the psaltery "eye candy"
At 2:04pm on February 5, 2010, John Henry Charles Crocker said…
Hello Strumelia, we shall have to stop meeting like this, people will start to talk!!! guess who's having a new walnut bow? John
At 8:47am on February 5, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi John, Welcome to the group. Lots of great folks on here. Looks like you are member #50.

Rick Long
 
 
 

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