I have only recently started looking for a BP. I notice all the people here have mentioned the makers of their BPs but I don't see that anyone has a Unicorn BP. Is there something I should know? I…Continue
"Don't worry too much about having to re-tune in the beginning. There's a lot of strings and a whole lot of tension that has to find its way out of a new instrument. Just tune carefully and check it from time to time. Correct any string…"
"Thanks Bobby. That's a great idea about the camera tripod. I would love to play with 2 bows but I'm still learning to play with 1 bow. :>)
Did you have to tune your BP quite often when you first got it?"
I have a Unicorn BP and it works well for me. You mentioned you were small in stature. Have you considered using a platform mounted to a cameria tripod to hold your psaltery. It would also allow you to play with two bows."
"Congrats on getting your psaltery!
My psalteries hold their tuning pretty well so it's not the chore I thought it might be. I pluck the strings to tune them. I've also found that the longer "L" shaped tuning wrench gets the best…"
"I keep a guitar pick in my kit for tuning, but I double check with the bow. I don't think it's that necessary, but I'm kind of funny that way. It's best not to touch the strings with your fingers too much, as that makes them age…"
"I would imagine this is a short handle that came with the instrument. There are instructions about replacing a string on the DVD that came with it. I change my harp strings but they are much larger than the psaltery strings. Is it better to bow the…"
"Sounds like a good plan.
In 10 years I've broken one string, but you can never tell. Sometimes strings just break. Most manufacturers include a spare or two, but if not, they are just guitar strings and not expensive or hard to get. You need a…"
"For an introduction to the psaltery, it will be great. After I get acquainted with the instrument and learn how to play it, I'll know better what I'm looking for. That is basically what I did with my harp. I started renting a smaller harp…"
"My Unicorn Strings psaltery arrived today! I chose the Celtic model. Now I play a Celtic harp and psaltery. The bow is really interesting having never played an instrument with a bow. I have a Korg tuner that I use for my harp, so I hooked it up to…"
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.