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At 4:41am on February 3, 2013, Janet Brooks said…

Wish we had the 'Like' buttons here- I 'Like' your idea for the Bowed Psaltery Gathering! 

At 4:39am on February 3, 2013, Janet Brooks said…

I used your photo of this incredible Bowed Psaltery as my ID photo- but it insisted on cropping it... Those Bows are just so beautiful! I had to choose to keep them vs. losing the peak of the elegant Psaltery form.

At 4:37am on February 3, 2013, Janet Brooks said…

Thanks! I was so swamped and lost a couple of days with a shoulder messing up that I was late applying- then found it so hard to wait to be accepted! 

At 10:02am on October 25, 2012, Gwen Lafone said…

Thanks Rick, I am still practicing, and I remember something you said last weekend about when playing by yourself and learning you tend to play slower and at your own idea of the music, trying to change this, but for some reason, I love the sound of the music at a much slower pace, any ideas to help me besides, lol, to just keep practicing?  It was such an honor to meet you and all my new friends at the Gathering, thanks again for hosting!

At 2:50pm on March 9, 2012, marlene steger said…

Hi Rick,

I am a new member who is learning to play on a 9 N. I have seen some of your youtube performances and love the sound of your instruments.( Louellen from Marion , Illinois is in my class and just purchased a tenor from you). My husband and I are making a trip to Asheville N.C. on March 13. We would love to come by to visit your workshop (if you will be around then).  I would love to continue learning on a larger psaltery,  with deep rich tone. I have tried to get onto your website but the server is always down. Hope to hear from you soon!

At 9:12am on January 27, 2012, Andrew Nolan said…

...lol lol not just yet....but working on it. Still working on Greensleeves lol and thanks alot for the time....and by the way bought a metronome....it more of an antique than anything else....but for the price ($20) well worth it. Now....the question...do I spend the time learning how to calibrate it or spend the time memorizing Edelweiss?  Just kidding..... Hoping to hear from you again soon....not just to learn more but I enjoy the company. Talk to ya soon.

At 12:37pm on January 12, 2012, Joanne Bois said…

Rick, I would like to get a Bowed Psaltery. I haven't made up my mind where yet as I am in the research stage. I live in New Brunswick, so there isn't any around.It was the same for my Mountain Dulcimers.  I have checked. I am just learning to play the Mountain Dulcumer. It's been only three weeks, but it's coming along.I like to play DAA. I am looking for a BP in a Tenor. I like the lower sounding notes and I find Soprano  would be too high of tone for me. I just joined this site and have found it very helpful so far. Haven't found anyone on chat, but that is OK. Tim Smith mentioned that you built him a BP with the notes all on one side like the MD. Would it be easier to play an instrument built this way instead of with the notes on both sides? I do not read music and therefore, I am using tabs with the fret notes.


At 9:30am on November 23, 2011, Donna Switzer said…

We had a great time at the Festival.  I want to stay longer next time!!!!   I love those mountains and the music around that area.  I enjoyed playing my psaltery with my new found friends as well.   It was very beautiful music with everyone contributing their part.   It is interesting what kind of sound you can get with a room full of psalteries.   VERY interesting, and beautiful.   I might get converted from my fiddle, so watch out FIDDLE.



At 10:13pm on July 14, 2011, Honey Smith Walls said…
Oh yeah, that special bow you made for my arthritic hands is really amazing and allows me to play so much longer.  I can't thank you enough for restoring my music when my body gave out!
At 10:09pm on July 14, 2011, Honey Smith Walls said…
Please don't give up on me Rick!!!  I'm still planning to come to your Ringing Strings Psalt Fest!!!!  And yes... I'll be bringin that righteous Baritone and the Psalt Stand!  Hope all is well with you and yours.  I'm trying to get my retirement act together... Imagine that in this day and age of Debt! Pollitics aside, I'll still have to give a bunch of performances to be able to afford the trip... either that or my husband is gonna put me under a street lamp with a cup in my hand!  Can't wait to see you and all the other musicians.  Tons of Love,  Honey
At 1:27am on April 22, 2011, Leah D said…

Hello, Rick!

Well, why didn't I think of that?  I shall sally forth to your site and see if I can't snitch that photo.  Thanks for pointing out the best solution!


At 9:34pm on April 3, 2011, Terry Butler said…
Didn't know there was a psaltery type facebook.  :)
At 7:05am on March 25, 2011, minpin1 said…

Hi Rick: I found the forum! DB here from Canada. I hope you don't mind that I added a pic -from your website- of the tenor I got from you yesterday. It is in my profile.

Thanks again for all you help yesterday. Talk to you soon, m

At 10:32pm on May 17, 2010, Honey Smith Walls said…
Hey Rick,
So glad to hear from you and love this new site!! Congrats to the web pro...well done!
I see by Tish's email there's another event in the works. I've been a bit self consumed for the past year but would love to be included in the news, and come if possible. I pray your world is wonderful. Mine is. Can't wait to play music with you. Passing the Love, Honey
At 7:11pm on March 9, 2010, Donna Malus said…
It can be a bit time consuming, but so fun when you find something really different. After my confusion with Erich's picture I think it may be time for me to take a little break fom psaltery image hunting : ) I've tried to contact some of the people in the videos from other countries using google translater. It may just frighten them : ) but heck, if you don't reach out you're not going to connect!
At 5:19pm on March 2, 2010, Richard Spencer said…
Thanks for the welcome,
I look forward to participating in the discussions.
Richard Spencer
At 9:20am on February 7, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Thanks Rick, I'm really excited about that.
The next thing I'm going to post will be sheet music (public domain), some with harmony I wrote for my music lessons. The harmony part can always be ignored : )
I went on a photoshop binge making fun images for t-shirts etc, have a whole list of ideas but was neglecting other things so had to put the brakes on that.
Today I'm going to make lots of time for practicing my psaltery!
At 7:05am on February 1, 2010, Dave Holeton said…
Hi Rick
I happened on this site the other day and decided I better join. Sorry I haven't been in touch very much. I was out of town for 3 weeks straight in October and lived with the possibility of a short notice trip throughout November and December. I just got back Friday after being gone last week and I may be out for a couple of weeks this month and maybe one in March. I'm not real crazy about the travel, but we'll see what happens after March.
I hope to come over to your place to jam soon. I'd like to see what you did to make the sound on your Amazing Grace. Actually, I like the snow, too. I can't work outside and I may just have to stay indoors and play music.
Take Care
At 10:05am on January 30, 2010, Ed Tillman said…
Thanks Rick for info on BP group Looks like a great group of BP enthusiasts.
At 1:10pm on January 26, 2010, Tish Westman said…
Does sound like we have traveled the same decision making paths in life. Greg and I both gave up our carriers to do what we love most. Can get scary sometimes.

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