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Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started this discussion. Last reply by julie stiles Feb 28, 2017. 5 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

Tags: texas, austin

figured it out!

Started Dec 27, 2012 0 Replies

here's me on my new bp from Unicorn Strings (second-hand at least, 2003 model):http://youtu.be/18CLuRPzbbo…Continue

Tags: ashokan, farewell, strings, unicorn, faire

ashokan farewell duet in japan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Celeste Howard Feb 6, 2017. 11 Replies

i love this!  too good not to share.  what psize psaltery is that?  Baritone?  listen to the cello-like tones when the guitar takes the lead.  just gorgeous! …Continue

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julie stiles replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"sigh. no psaltery gathering as of yet.  although i do get it out and play every now and then, this morning for "Music in the Morning" at my son's elementary school.  LOL the number of "what IS THAT?"s that i get is…"
Feb 28, 2017
Nicola Roberson replied to julie stiles's discussion ashokan farewell duet in japan
"This is one of my favorite songs.   Nikki"
Jan 24, 2017
Andre Landrum replied to julie stiles's discussion ashokan farewell duet in japan
"Wow. Beautiful. Can't answer your question about what size. This makes me sleepy, so peaceful "
Jan 19, 2017
Gordon Whittington replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"I very occasionally now make the trip back from Atlanta to Johnson City. Didn't bring the psaltery last time but could if anyone wants to get together. I'm playing a Rick Long baritone, FYI...."
Mar 8, 2016
SUE C WHEELER replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"have you gotten together , yet? I love it--"practically an orchestra!""
Dec 28, 2015
julie stiles replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion Christmas playing
""Wandering minstrel." I want that job! :)"
Dec 27, 2015
julie stiles commented on Nozomi Nose's video

The Christmas Song

"Absolutely lovely, thank you and Happy Holidays to you!"
Dec 27, 2015
julie stiles commented on Brenda Mangan's video
Dec 27, 2015
julie stiles replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion Tips for Jamming?
"oh this is very helpful!  last night i got to randomly jam with a folky guitarist and a banjo player at a local coffee shop - was so much fun!  but i quickly was realizing that i should have practiced some of those backup chords so as to…"
Nov 8, 2015
julie stiles replied to hilary ANNE hughes's discussion Shape note singing
"hi anne - i think shaped-note singing hit its heyday around 150 years ago in the US.  i grew up in a fairly fundamentalist christian denomination, and our "really old" songbooks (published probably in the 1950's from sources…"
Nov 7, 2015
julie stiles replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"well, it's been a couple of years, and even though i've actually given a psaltery to a friend, i haven't managed to get together my group.  :( HOWEVER i just found the first person i've ever met in real life who also plays…"
Oct 9, 2015
Dutch Wigman replied to julie stiles's discussion ashokan farewell duet in japan
"This is one of my favorite tunes I play a lot.  Don't know what key he was playing in,  Just know it was different then the one I use."
Aug 6, 2015
julie stiles replied to julie stiles's discussion ashokan farewell duet in japan
"the planting must be what makes it look so deliberate and firm.  i think it also adds to the fluidity.  wonderful to watch, just amazing to hear!  :)"
Apr 2, 2013
Kato Makoto replied to julie stiles's discussion ashokan farewell duet in japan
"Thank you very much everyone. The psalteries that we use have more than 60 strings (frow C2 to C7), which enables us to play songs with warious different expressions. It might look like we grip our bows very firmly but the truth is on the contrary.…"
Mar 27, 2013
Gordon Whittington replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"I live near Atlanta (and have since 1984), but Johnson City, Texas, remains my "home." I grew up on a ranch a few miles south of there, and we still have it. So every time I get a chance, I head that way. Feel free to let me know if you…"
Feb 16, 2013
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At 10:30pm on December 19, 2012, Donna Malus said…

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