Sue K
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My new psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Sep 13, 2010. 13 Replies

My psaltery arrived on Friday.  Monday I had a chance to get it out, look at it, watch the dvd and work with it.  I have been picking out songs by ear, playing Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Danny Boy,…Continue

Psaltery bows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue K Jul 24, 2010. 9 Replies

Hi to all.  My psaltery arrived this afternoon.  I have not had time to work with it yet, but it is gorgeous.  The bows are so beautiful!  I was wondering how the bows are carried?  There is a flap…Continue

Best advice for beginner psaltery player

Started this discussion. Last reply by NaloMeli Apr 20, 2012. 8 Replies

Hi to all.  My psaltery is being delivered on Friday!  Im very excited!  Any words of wisdom from those already practicing the fine art of bowing the beautiful psaltery?  Hope to hear some good…Continue

 

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Barbara Penn left a comment for Sue K
"Love my Rick Long psaltery (tenor).  It is beautiful & the tone is everything I could have wanted.  I did get two bows and the plate and I'm glad because the tenor is heavy for me and my arms aren't the longest.…"
Oct 28, 2014
Sue K posted a blog post

Return to the psaltery

I'm so excited to return to my psaltery after a long absence. I have a beautiful Rick Long tenor that I am reacquainting myself with. I finally figured out how to start the DVD player and have reviewed the instructional DVD. Can't seem to get a clear sound out of my low G or A. I will keep working on it.
Feb 7, 2014
NaloMeli replied to Sue K's discussion Best advice for beginner psaltery player
"Thanks for the advice - I should have mine by mid-week....great tips!"
Apr 20, 2012
Ann Tucker replied to Sue K's discussion Best advice for beginner psaltery player
"I like your idea of incorporating a metronome into something you're already carrying.   For a metronome, Steinway Pianos created a free app for the iPhone & iPad. It's easy to use (can use earplugs). You can even tap a beat &…"
May 3, 2011
Terry Butler replied to Sue K's discussion Best advice for beginner psaltery player
"About rosin  - it took me a long time to figure out how much is too much or too little.  Found the best thing is to first make sure the psaltery strings are cleaned of excess rosin by wiping with a microfiber cloth (no cleaning agent) to…"
May 3, 2011
Terry Butler replied to Sue K's discussion Best advice for beginner psaltery player
"Getting an electronic tuner is a must!  I like Korg and have the TM-30 but am getting the TM-40 soon I think.  That one has a metronome built in that you can use your own headphones with and get your rhythm right too.  You can get…"
May 3, 2011
Ann Tucker replied to Sue K's discussion Best advice for beginner psaltery player
"My best advice is to get an electronic tuner. It will make tuning your Bowed Psaltery so much easier. I've put an article online on how to tune a Bowed Psaltery. This may be helpful. How to Tune a Bowed Psaltery"
May 3, 2011
Donna Malus replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"you'll have to look down the left hand column until you come to videos, it's the only one...I don't think you have to join the group to see it, but I'm not sure."
Sep 13, 2010
Donna Malus replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"If you want to take a look at the video (very short and cute) try this link, it may work. If you try and it doesn't, let me know and I'll contact Dari if she doesn't read this…"
Sep 13, 2010
Donna Malus replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"Ahhh, so music was in their family : ) Bindi makes it impossible as well sometimes. She comes running and starts rubbing up against the psaltery and me (or I, or whatever). Then if she successfully forces a spot on my lap while I play, she starts…"
Sep 13, 2010
Tim Smith replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"Sorry for you loss. I had a cat that loved the harmonica. Made it impossible to play. She would insist on getting right into my lap and rubbing her face on it. I think it sounded cat-like to her. That cat's mother loved the ukulele."
Sep 13, 2010
Donna Malus replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"I feel your pain Sue...Beau was 4.5 yrs and died suddenly, unfortunately the vet ruled out everything but "evil doing" as the cause and that's as much as I can bear to say. Whippets and Greyhounds are very cool! Hang in there,…"
Sep 13, 2010
Sue K replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"Hi Donna, Im sorry to hear you lost yor dog Beau. I lost two of my dogs several months ago within two weeks of each other. Still have my greyhound, Fiona. I have a whippet puppy. Right now I want to send her back if I could get a refund. That is how…"
Sep 13, 2010
Donna Malus replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"Sue, all puppies are psycho.....I have been debating about whether to get a puppy or older dog. I lost my beloved Beau last year and haven't been ready to get another but feel it getting close. What type of puppy? Bear with it, it improves : )"
Sep 13, 2010
Sue K replied to Sue K's discussion My new psaltery
"Hi there! I have not played in a while. I have a new puppy and that has been all time consuming. Havent had a puppy in 17 years, and either I have psych dog, or I had forgotten what was in store for me. Hope to get back to playing soon"
Sep 13, 2010
Sue K replied to Tim Smith's discussion Is Everybody on Vacation?
"Hi Bobby, glad that you are back to your psalteries. What kind do you have? I'm new to the psaltery also. Im learning to play mine by ear, trying to pick out songs. Good luck with your playing. Regards, Sue"
Aug 8, 2010

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Return to the psaltery

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 9:46am 0 Comments

I'm so excited to return to my psaltery after a long absence. I have a beautiful Rick Long tenor that I am reacquainting myself with. I finally figured out how to start the DVD player and have reviewed the instructional DVD. Can't seem to get a clear sound out of my low G or A. I will keep working on it.

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At 2:16am on October 28, 2014, Barbara Penn said…

Love my Rick Long psaltery (tenor).  It is beautiful & the tone is everything I could have wanted.  I did get two bows and the plate and I'm glad because the tenor is heavy for me and my arms aren't the longest.  Haven't tried double bowing yet, but bought the bows so I'd have  them when ready.  I can mount my psaltery on one of my husband's unused camera tripods (a tallish one that is adjustable) & I can sit when I play.  Works great.  Did not have a pickup mounted in it.  By the way, you couldn't find a nicer man to deal with than Rick Long.  He is so helpful and really gives good service.  My psaltery made it all the way from Tenn. to Calif.without a hitch.  Hope this helps.

At 7:11pm on June 24, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hello and Welcome to Psaltery Strings Sue! I hope you find the site to be helpful and fun.
At 5:42pm on June 24, 2010, Barbara Penn said…
Hi, Sue!

Yes, I just received my Rick Long psaltery recently. Haven't had much chance to try it out. What would you like to know? I spent a lot of time researching many psalteries & psaltery makers before choosing this one, by the way, & I think it was a good choice. Rick is a super guy & we talked quite a while by phone & if I have a question he always returns my e-mails promptly.
 
 
 

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