Ruth Lawrence
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Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Mar 28, 2015. 2 Replies

Here is a recording of Revelation Song performed this morning in church. I was playing behind the singers, so the bowed psaltery is a little on the soft side but you can mostly hear it. There were 2…Continue

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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post What I'm working on at the moment
" Hello Ruth, a little late I'd like to welcome you to Psaltery Strings, I think your audio tape of your groups performance turned out very nicely and the sound of your Bowed Psaltery carried wonderfully in that space! I see that earlier…"
Sep 30, 2014
Brenda Mangan replied to Ruth Lawrence's discussion Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14
"Very nicely done. Just what an accompaniment is meant to be, enhancing but not stealing the show. Sort of like a beautiful stream in the background.  Thank you for sharing it."
Sep 29, 2014
Ruth Lawrence commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post What I'm working on at the moment
"Thanks for the encouraging words. No video, but I did put up audio of the recording.  link to the audo page"
Sep 28, 2014
Ruth Lawrence posted a discussion

Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14

Here is a recording of Revelation Song performed this morning in church. I was playing behind the singers, so the bowed psaltery is a little on the soft side but you can mostly hear it. There were 2 area mikes at the front.  It doesn't need to be too loud anyway. All I did with the recording was trim in in Audacity and boost the levels as they were a bit low. As a beginner, I am happy with my playing, I didn't play a bum note and only got one growly spot in the bowing. But if you hear something…See More
Sep 28, 2014
Brenda Mangan commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post What I'm working on at the moment
"Noodling around to find a pleasing sound is an art and we would love to hear the results. Please post a video if you get it recorded when you preform it."
Sep 18, 2014
Ruth Lawrence posted a blog post

What I'm working on at the moment

Well this year is going fast! But I've been finding some time here and there to practice BP. I play mountain dulcimer with friends as a sort of ad hoc string band on a weekly basis. A few weeks ago I took the BP in to show it off. It was universally liked as a "cool" interesting instrument with an interesting sound. The double bass player naturally laughed his head off at my tiny little bow.So the BP has been enlisted to accompany a contemporary christian hymn called Revelation Song. The leader…See More
Sep 18, 2014
Ruth Lawrence commented on Brenda Mangan's video
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"The Gift of Love" on Bowed Psaltery

"Lovely, I love the harmony doing it's own thing and not just mirroring the melody."
Sep 18, 2014
Sharon Kirby replied to Ruth Lawrence's discussion Bowing technique question in the group Psaltery Pstudents
"Hi Ruth.  This is a common question for beginner psaltery players.  Technically, it doesn't matter if you go in the same direction or back and forth.  However, you will have a more fluid movement and get a better sound if you go…"
Jul 30, 2014
Ruth Lawrence added a discussion to the group Psaltery Pstudents
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Bowing technique question

Having never played a bowed instrument before, I'm anxious to know if I'm doing it right. I have gone over info here, but I still have a question about bow direction.If you're playing the same note more than once - eg Twinkle, twinkle little star, where it's the same 2 notes for "twinkle", should the bow move in the same direction for both notes, or back and forth? Does it matter? See More
Jul 29, 2014
Ruth Lawrence commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Rosining Your Bow
"Yes, thanks for this info, interesting stuff. I have a few newb questions: are you supposed to rosin your bow before each time you play or is say, once every few play sessions enough? What kind of rosin is best for psaltery bows? I have noticed…"
Jul 29, 2014
Ruth Lawrence replied to Donna Malus's discussion Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan
"This is pretty! and coincidentally, I was playing this last night on the alto recorder!"
Jul 25, 2014
Ruth Lawrence commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post It's here! Gamble paid off
"Thank you for the info about the zither pins. I'll check tonight but I'm sure they're all aligned. Good to know also about the string gauges and the bow. Tonight I'll tune up the left side, and learn how to rosin the bow."
Jul 24, 2014
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post It's here! Gamble paid off
"  A good description Ruth, and I'd like to try to answer your questions. Having a spare zither pin might be helpful if when you play you psaltery you find one of your rail pins might be too deeply or wrongly notched. Look very closely that…"
Jul 24, 2014
Ruth Lawrence posted a blog post

It's here! Gamble paid off

The new (to me) psaltery arrived yesterday so I had the pleasure of opening up the box and finally seeing it in the flesh (err... wood?)  I was immediately struck by how beautiful it is, finely made. The low resolution photos on the Goodwill auction site do not do it justice. The soundhole design is more delicate than I expected. I could see a label inside but it was difficult to read through the soundhole's fretwork. The label appeared to be printed in a cursive font - I could make out "the"…See More
Jul 24, 2014
Terry Butler commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post First Post. Waiting for the Post.
"Enjoy your new (to you) psaltery.  Hope it's a good one, holds the notes well (may need a few tunings before it holds them better) and sounds wonderful.    "
Jul 23, 2014
Ruth Lawrence commented on Donna Malus's video
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Modern Pilgrim Overture on Bowed Psaltery and Mountain Dulcimer

"Have you shared this on Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer?"
Jul 23, 2014

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
As of 7/20/14 I now do.
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I've been playing mountain dulcimer since October 2012 and had seen them at festivals and a dulcimer friend also plays. I am curious about playing a bowed instrument and the sound is very unique.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I bought my psaltery from a Goodwill online auction. Going by the soundhole design I believe it's made by Jerry Read Smith of Song of the Wood. This is not confirmed though.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Absolute beginner. But I fumble around with other instruments.
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Through Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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What I'm working on at the moment

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:57pm 3 Comments

Well this year is going fast! But I've been finding some time here and there to practice BP. I play mountain dulcimer with friends as a sort of ad hoc string band on a weekly basis. A few weeks ago I took the BP in to show it off. It was universally liked as a "cool" interesting instrument with an interesting sound. The double bass player naturally laughed his head off at my tiny little bow.

So the BP has been enlisted to accompany a contemporary christian hymn called Revelation Song.…

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It's here! Gamble paid off

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:40am 2 Comments

The new (to me) psaltery arrived yesterday so I had the pleasure of opening up the box and finally seeing it in the flesh (err... wood?)  I was immediately struck by how beautiful it is, finely made. The low resolution photos on the Goodwill auction site do not do it justice. The soundhole design is more delicate than I expected. I could see a label inside but it was difficult to read through the soundhole's fretwork. The label appeared to be printed in a cursive font - I could make out…

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First Post. Waiting for the Post.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:10pm 3 Comments

I have a psaltery on its way. It should arrive this Wednesday. I've bought it online, second-hand via Goodwill auction. A gamble, but I think it will be fine. Fingers crossed!

I've never played a bowed instrument so I know the bowing technique will not be easy but I'm patient.  I do read music and understand how you're meant to play the psaltery - what the strings mean. This is a 2-octave, and I think it's right handed.  Now I'm a left handed person -  but play other…

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At 9:31pm on July 21, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome!

At 8:59pm on July 21, 2014, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

Greetings from California Ruth, welcome to Psaltery Strings, a lot of us play dulcimer too.

At 8:46pm on July 21, 2014, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Ruth!

 
 
 

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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.
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(717) 632-8099
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
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Carol Esch - Kentucky
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606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

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