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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.