Lynne Fearman(
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  • Sierra Madre, CA
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
My brother, Gregg Schneeman, told me I could take it to the park.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Capritaurus, Felton, CA. My brother worked with the owner to make a better bowed psaltery. He gave me my first set of bows back in 1980.
Gregg is alive and well, and trying to get to all the best music festivals that will showcase the bowed psaltery.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
since 1983
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I used to perform and teach classes at the California Traditional Music Festival every year from 1984-1989. It was fun! I had a friend who played with me and helped at my workshops, but she had to move north to Seattle, and I stopped playing, and concentrated on my artwork instead.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No, but my husband and brother are working on making some bows.
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
No longer, but Gregg does, and would like to make contact with Donna. He would love it if she would call him! His phone number is: (626) 355-6352. You can email me a message to pass along to him., or Gregg lives in Arcadia, CA. 91006
We enjoyed the video you have of him playing, and would like to do a psaltery video for YouTube, but neither of us knows how.
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
My brother is a techno phobic so we looked you up together.

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At 8:51pm on January 9, 2015, Donna Strom said…

I can now order the holder and start to practice. I'm looking for traditional or BP players that I can connect with.  I miss my Psaltery and want to free it from it home on the wall and let is sing again !! 5 1/2 months to go but who is counting ...

At 12:09am on February 27, 2012, Greg (Grego) Dana said…

Lynne, a big fat welcome to you and yer bro! Hope you can find the time to come around here once in a while.

Give Gregg a happy howdy-do and a spunky kick in the bumper for me :~}

At 5:46pm on February 23, 2012, Donna Malus said…

I'm really glad we connected also. There are a lot of people who would love to talk to Gregg or have a chance to see/hear him play!

I am an average player and haven't attepted two bows but I love the psaltery. Polka should be fun on the psaltery, Gregg is so fast I'm sure he pulls it off just fine! 

I am looking forward to talking to him, he's a bit of a legend ya know! 


At 8:24am on February 23, 2012, Terry Butler said…

I have your brother's instructional video and enjoyed it.    He really impressed me with his double bowing.  I used to be floored with video for computer.  It became easier with the invention of DIGITAL camcorders - no small tapes to contend with - just memory cards.  Maybe one of his students has one of these and could make videos for you?     It makes it much easier to get videos onto a computer.  I know how to edit videos and change them to smaller file sizes for YouTube if you can get the videos onto a digital  camcorder.  It would require sending me the memory card temporarily and me mailing it back after editing.  Not all camcorders produce good sound though.  Sony has better sound than most I think.  

At 9:59pm on February 22, 2012, Donna Malus said…

I just checked out your web site Lynne, beautiful work. I have found thumbnails of a painting of a young lady playing the bowed psaltery that was supposedly painted several decades ago. That wasn't your work by chance was it?  The woman was wearing a hat, the paints were soft colors, your work reminded me of it....


At 9:53pm on February 22, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Hello Lynne! Welcome to Psaltery Strings.

You have just made my night!!!  I have tried to find a way to contact Gregg and have met nothing but dead ends!  I think he is the best player I have seen and a master with two bows!

When is a good time to call him? Does Gregg ever travel east? Midwest even? 

My personal e-mail is or you can respond here as well.

I am so excited I probably won't sleep !



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