Excellent excuse. We'll let you off the hook, seeing as how it's for a worthy cause and all that. But you don't have to wait a whole year to visit us in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. If ever you plan an excursion over our way, let us know. I've got a ten by thirty foot screen porch overlooking the Greenbrier River.
It's the weekend of the 25th of March. Thursday through Sunday, no fee to participate but you buy your own meals and lodging. It's an amazing opportunity and loads of fun. Go to www.westmaninstruments.com to see more.
I never thought there was such a thing as too much rosin on a bow. It needs to build up on the strings, too. You don't clean the strings by any chance, do you? Tish always has good advice when I need it.
I'm still working on that. I love the low sounds but when I get to the high notes, they squeak or sound uneven. For any song I've learned, I have to practice quite a lot to get a smooth sound in the higher notes. My granddaughter picked up a bow for the first time in her life at age eleven and played the cello like she'd been taking lessons for a year. She's a natural. I'm not. But Tish Westman is a very patient and effective tutor. I've learned a lot from her. She and her husband make bowed psalteries at their West Virginia studio. I was in their 4-day workshop and performed in the bowed psaltery symphony at Tamarack last year. It was a great experience. I hope I can do it this year, too. Any chance you can take part?
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.