RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

Rick Long plays three songs for his friends at an informal get together in Tennessee. Beautiful music!

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Comment by Johanna M Bolton on September 24, 2021 at 10:34am

I recognize that second song. It's from the movie Tammy ... I'm old enough to have seen it when I was a kid. Sweet melody. "I hear the nightingale sing to the dove, Ta-m-my, Ta-m-my, Tam-my's in love ..." Gorgeous instrument.

Comment by Donna Malus on August 23, 2021 at 12:26pm

Hi Mary, 

The first song is Sally Gardens (Down by the Sally Gardens) second song I'm not 100 % sure but I believe it's Tammy's in Love, and the third is Wayfaring Stranger. 

The bowed psaltery is difficult to record and I am just using an inexpensive video recorder. It loses so much when it's recorded and it's hard to keep the higher notes from shrillness. 

Rick has retired from building but might still build on request. I have one of the psalteries like he's playing here but don't think he is still selling any. You can reach him at Ringingstrings.com. I believe he is mentoring a young builder currently. Rick is a wonderful man and will be happy to answer your questions about his psalteries. 

Comment by Mary Jividen on August 22, 2021 at 8:37am

Yes, this is very beautiful and thank you very much for sharing this.  What are the names of the three songs played?  Does Rick Long make and sell psalteries such as this one?  I do agree with Andre Landrum that there is too much amp feedback which would prevent me from listening too long. But I don't know what he means by: "the Behringer Amp with the circuit that kills feedback." I also agree that it would be lovely if Rick could teach both the songs and the feedback.  I am brand new to this group, and have 4 million questions, but I will start with these!  Thank you and may God bless your music!

Comment by Donna Malus on November 17, 2019 at 9:28am

Denise and Camelia, this is a baritone psaltery. The cello strings used on this psaltery would never fit on a regular psaltery, to wide but also they need more length. Ricks bariton with the cello strings has to be played using an amplifier or there would be no sound. It's difficult to make strings for a very large instrument fit a a smaller one. There's a whole lot of physics involved. 

Comment by Denise S on October 6, 2019 at 10:53pm

Can you use the Cello strings on a regular Psaltery, or would the holes in the pegs be too small?

Comment by Camelia Elliott on December 28, 2018 at 6:46pm

Newbie question—Is this a baritone psaltery? 

Comment by Celeste Howard on June 13, 2017 at 1:53pm

One of the most recorded Irish songs in history " Sally Gardens"  --also a personal fave!

Comment by Court McFarland on January 19, 2017 at 6:16pm

Love the Sound, seems almost Haunting like. Love it!

Comment by Andre Landrum on January 19, 2017 at 5:38pm

Great song but WOW so much feedback on the amp.   You need a Behringer amp with the circuit that kills feedback. I do love your style of playing. Keep up the technique and teach us all how to do that.

Comment by Sandy Wong on July 11, 2016 at 11:03pm

Absolutely beautiful!

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