SUE C WHEELER
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  • Lansing, MI
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posting videos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Aug 20, 2016. 1 Reply

How do I post a video? My dear daughter shot me decently, though my performance is imperfect. But I wanted to show you all. But I am going crazy and wasting oceans of time trying to figure it out. I…Continue

Taking on a student

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Pohl Jul 5, 2016. 4 Replies

I have invited a lovely,musically inclined twenty-something to come over and meet my bowed psalteries on Thursday. I have an overt agenda: I want someone to play with! I think she might be just the…Continue

note printout?

Started May 25, 2016 0 Replies

my friend has a 22 string soprano psaltery. I'm looking for a note printout for her to put under the strings. Any ideas? this is a 2009 Rick Long instrument. thanks. sue wContinue

using amplification

Started this discussion. Last reply by robert schuler Feb 1, 2016. 3 Replies

does anyone have advice for amplification. When I play in jams or church, I'm told I need a pick up. I am totally ignorant of such things!Continue

 

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes!! 3
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
evart dulcimer festival
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Cabin Creek, and Rick Long
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
since August 8, 2015
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
a teensy bit among friends
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
no
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
I have one beginning student, 6/2/2016!
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
browsing internet

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The Magic of Evart

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm 0 Comments

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

http://evartdulcimerfest.org/

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…

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Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…

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I OWE A DEBT TO THE ORIGINAL DULCIMER PLAYERS CLUB, OR," WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN EVART, MI, SUE Z Q?"

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.  http://evartdulcimerfest.org/

This was the beginning of me-as-a bowed-psalterist.

I’m staggered by how much I’ve been able to play and learn this year.  I’ve accumulated reams of sheet music, but also picked out tune after tune by ear. I’ve memorized a couple pieces. I’ve participated in both a workshop and a festival with Tish Westman, and had gratis…

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high on bowed psaltery!!

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

When I bought my psalteries this summer, I imagined I would enjoy playing, and at some point might be competent enough to play at church or maybe a farmers' market. I had no idea how quickly doors would open for me to share the pleasure it has brought me. Almost immediately, I was able to contribute music to a family event.  My relations were superlative in their praise of my few tunes-- Amazing Grace, and I can't remember what else. I got plenty of practice trying to explain the instrument…

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At 2:28pm on July 12, 2017, Karen Palmer said…
Sue, thank you for your kind words. I want to encourage you by letting you know that I have only been playing psaltery since last fall and other than a short class at Kentucky Music Week and one lesson from Rick Long who made my baritone, everything I've learned has been from watching YouTube videos. I watch every detail, how the bows are held, where the bow sits on the strings, how much pressure is being used and especially how long the bow strokes are. I'll watch a video over and over and then try to copy and play with them. I play by ear so I don't need the music. Also I listen to violin videos to try to mimic how smoothly they play. There are more of them to watch than psaltery solos. I hope this answers your questions. Happy playing
At 9:41am on August 9, 2016, Joyce Hibbard said…
Hi Sue, I wish I was able to meet you at Evart Funfest. I did meet Gregg S. And yes he is so talented and has many interesting stories to tell. He helped me a lot with my bowing, and started me using 2 bows. I primarily play the mountain dulcimer but I hope to add the Bowed Psaltery to my music a little more than I have. Hope to see you at Evart, Mi next year.
At 10:25pm on May 4, 2016, Gretchen said…

Sue-I've enjoyed reading about your psaltery adventure. I was so impressed with your playing at Cedar Lake. Thank you for the info regarding The Entertainer. I am learning it now. Gretchen

At 2:15pm on October 8, 2015, Pauline Lee Farmer said…

Hi, Sue.  I noticed your name signed up for the symphony.  I will come if I'm able.  It was nice to meet you.

At 9:22am on August 16, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 A little late but please accept Jeanie and I's welcome to to Psaltery Strings! We are enjoying your enthusiasm for our humble musical instrument, the Bowed Psaltery, and PS is the place to meet all the folks who feel the same way.

At 3:50pm on August 6, 2015, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome!

At 8:28pm on August 4, 2015, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Sue!

 
 
 

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

to see his work visit

http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at
 pgsykes1@hotmail.com

or call him at

601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& 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
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
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

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.

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