Hello All! I purchased a bowed psaltery from Jon Williams who was at the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival last year in October, 2021. I know a little bit about music, but I confess that I purchased it without realizing that the design was flawed, and…Continue
Same melody as Morning Has Broken. But as long as you leave out the lyrics, it's a traditional song in the public domain. Guitar chords included, as always. Musescore file included in case you need to change the key.Continue
A classic gospel piece. Performance suggestion: speed up a bit starting at measure 9, and slow back down gradually during measures 15-16.If it doesn't fit on your BP and you need to change the key, you can open the .mscz file with Musescore (a free…Continue
HiI am new to psalterystrings and I need some info. I have a number of Rick Long- built psalteries and I have decided to sell a few but I don't know the process on this site for listing, making contact, etc. I would appreciate some pointers. Thanks…Continue
Hello. I'm sorry I haven't visited this site as often as I used to visit. It seems I'm busier now that I retired than I was before I retired and I've slowed down on keeping up with all of the sites where I used to participate.I received the email…Continue
Started by Patricia A. Friestad in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by Patricia A. Friestad Feb 28, 2022. 2 Replies 0 Likes
I'm curious, are there any bowed psaltery players around? I'm new and play by ear. Thanks, Patti Continue
The first time through serves as both a good beginner version and as a way to build up to the more active second time through. The grace notes in measures 25 and 29 aren't as hard as they look. Just play G-B-D rapidly, a little early, so that the D…Continue
Hi, my name is Kite Giedraitis and I've been playing the bowed psaltery since the 80's. I'm a multi-instrumentalist, but the psaltery was my first love and I played it exclusively for about 5 years. I'm available for video lessons, or in-person…Continue
After making some Bowed Psaltery videos for YouTube of Danish/Scandinavian tunes I musically traveled to Briton and now on to Latvia where I'm learning about their amazing history and musical heritage.
I would like to know if you know of someone (reliable who will restring an alto or tenor psaltery.
I restrung an alto a while back and it eventually came out nicely, I found it to be a frustration I prefer not to repeat.
I have 2 other alto's. Can one be restrung to become a tenor?
I play for hobby and am 72 with arthritic hands. I switched from mt. dulcimer to psaltery because my hands don't always cooperate anymore. I frequently play my soprano psaltery but am…Continue
"Streichpsalter" Translated into English as BOWED Psaltery, Streich in German specifically refers to dragging or drawing or scraping where as the English word Bowed also refers to Bowing before lords, idols, pressure, etc., a Bow tied in a ribbon as well as the Bow of a boat. Archet is French for “small arch” which does a better job of describing the bow itself. Hence "Psalterion a' Archet"- which is any member of that family of musical instruments usually plucked, strummed, or struck…Continue
An ancient version of the Bowed Psaltery played with a bow or rosined wooden stick is called a the Qingzhou cuoqin 青州挫琴 (rubbed zither) from Shandong, see a short video of it played at... ChiaChinahttps://youtu.be/D3Dca6I__1c Please see my "Bowed Psaltery Related Instruments" playlist for more videos about this and other instruments.
Just want to explain that I still appreciate the importance of Psaltery Strings, thank you Donna Malus, for all your years of maintaining THE community site for Bowed Psaltery Players world wide to join and participate at. A major focus of my Bowed Psaltery activities for the last five years has been making lots of Bowed Psaltery YouTube videos, over 600! If I put up every video here at Psaltery Strings I would constantly be pushing Nozomi's and other Bowed Psaltery players videos out of…Continue
In just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.
My new psaltery came yesterday. Song of the Wood from Jerry Read Smith. Book matched Western Red Cedar top, maple frame and cherry back. Right around 2 pounds for 2.5 octaves. Beautiful instrument and sounds sweet from top to bottom. :) Exactly what I was looking for. …Continue
I, too, had a GREAT TIME joining in Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering. I would like to thank the instructors for their suggestive workshops and wonderful performances at the concert, and those who made extraordinary effort technically to make this event happen.
Since I joined East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering last year, it is a big support for me to know there is a very friendly and supportive bowed psaltery playing community in the U.S.A. and it is a great pleasure for me to…Continue
I bought a “vintage” bowed psaltery from a gentleman in South Carolina via Reverb.com. It is a Brent Clark made in 1994...and looks almost exactly like a Noteworthy psaltery...except that it is walnut both front and back. 32 stings, alto. I unstrung it, cleaned it up, and restrung it with a set of multiple gauge guitar strings...probably heavier than I needed, but I did not know any better at the time. It is now settling after its first tuning. :) Though I learned a lot already in setting it…Continue