I love it! I play it after a stressful day at work. I grew up playing the organ and this is a great substitute since I have not had an organ for about 24 years. I never thought of playing with 2 bows until I saw some of the videos! I am excited to learn that!
Thanks Greg and Jean, I'm a newbie with this. My psaltery has a couple of broken strings and the hitch pins have no holes in them. I don't know how to tie the strings around the notch in the pin. Do you know of any videos that shows the procedure. I may have to send it up to you for repair if I can't figure it out. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me on this.
Thank you all for your welcomes. I managed to play Twinkle twinkle little star yesterday! First tune but from little acorns mighty oaks grow I hope. I do have a problem with tuning thePsaltery though and keeping it in tune. Had a quick look around this site and love it.
Thanks to all for a very warm welcome. I am eagerly awaiting my b.p. Tracking it as it finally leaves the States for Oz. The Xmas parcel mail season is upon us so I must be patient. I will certainly post photos on its arrival. No luck finding any information as to its maker. Merry Xmas to all.
Thank you for your kind welcome. I must confess the comments posted on my application for membership were somewhat tongue in cheek. Down under we cultivate dry humour in a hot summer climate. But meant in the friendliest of ways. I think this is a great site and I realise as a newcomer I have so much to learn - not daunted -and I eagerly await the arrival of my first psaltery acquired from a Florida member, Kathy, who has been most helpful, acquainting me of your group site. Best wishes to all.
Hi, Thanks for your cumpliments. Daniel Yost , my husband, is the first luthier who has built BP in Argentina . We are interested in their educational potential and we are in the process of establishing an educational project for all ages , which also use a relative Mountain Dulcimer : the epinette des Vosges . For this reason we are very happy to find this page and hopefully can help with advice and bibliographic material. We want to give a well place to these instruments. Soon we will have videos and more details of our project. The direction of Daniel is www.medievando.webs.tl . This web has part of our artistic work , as well as some of the instruments that has built Daniel.
Jim used to build all of Russell Cook (MasterWorks) bowed psalteries; however, he hasn't built any for Russell in about five years. The one that I am getting from him this weekend is a tenor psaltery and was made for Russell, but it had an imperfection in it. He is doing some cleanup work on it as it was in a box in his workshop for several years. He is restringing it to me and refurbishing it since it has been sitting so long. I'm very excited to get it. When I get it, I will definitely post pictures. About 15 years ago, I had a soprano psaltery that I got from Russell when he was here in North Texas. I've known Russell a long, long time.
Dona Benkert -
Illinois Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
& 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 email@example.com www.westmaninstruments.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://upontheharp.com
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.