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Psaltery Jams

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Wilson May 11, 2015. 31 Replies

Dave and Paulette Lucas host a psaltery jam at their cabin at Tannehill Ironworks State Park near Birmingham, AL. It is usually the last Saturday of the month, they also give lessons and are willing…Continue

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I saw them being played at dulcimer festivals and then I won one in a drawing at a dulcimer festival.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Rick Long, Dave & Paulette Lucas, Westman's.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I have performed on stage at both dulcimer and psaltery festivals, usually with other psaltery and/or dulcimer players.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
No
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
from Rick Long

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At 9:20pm on May 30, 2011, Donna Malus said…

hmmm, Richard, that doesn't appear to be a psaltery bow in your hand!  Golf club? : )  I live next to a golf course, my patio overlooks the tee for the 6th hole. My Dad loved to watch the golfers when he came to visit. He loved golf.

Well, don't neglect your music!!!

At 3:23pm on February 21, 2010, Donna Malus said…
I had skype for a while, can get that back and I JUST got a very inexpensive camcorder that is supposed to be able to double as a webcam. I haven't tried it yet. Video lessons would be wonderful and how fun to have a vide jam!!!! The internet is just an amazing thing isnt it? Let me know how that goes, I'm game to give it a shot!
At 9:09pm on February 17, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Thanks for the update Richard. I'm looking forward to playing the baritone. Maybe one of these days I'll make the trip down to Rick's shop. I would love a lesson and even more I'd love to hear him play, he really is good.
I squeak and squak all the time with my psaltery. I wish I had started much earlier as well. I just love the psaltery but as with any instrument it takes time to get good. I'm trying to get over the fear of playing in front of people. I'm so nervous it makes my playing even worse, but I'm working on it. It took me months to get semi comfortable playing in front of my teacher!!
At 9:09pm on February 15, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Did you get your psaltery Richard? Do you just love it? : ) I loved the videos, you all sound great together.
At 5:38pm on February 8, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Richard, I'd really love to attend. I've been considering it, but It depends on what happens with Tish's Bowed Psaltery Orchestra Weekend. Tish was trying to arrange it for April or May.
I'm really anxious for opportunities to play with other psaltrists (is that the term?). There just isn't much going on with the bowed psaltery where I live.
I'm hoping Tish will firm up a date soon so I can make plans!
At 7:51pm on January 22, 2010, Rick Long said…
Howdy Richard, You know how slow I can be. I thought I better jump on here and join in with the great company and other psaltery fanatics. Makes me feel right at home.
 
 
 

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330-323-0618

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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
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Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
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Celeste Howard Ray
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347-796-4484
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
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Dona Benkert -
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
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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
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

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
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
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Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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