Fred Burmer
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  • Paducah, KY
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
On order
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
on visit to TAMARACK
Who built your bowed psaltery?
The Westmans are building it.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
once for about 30 seconds
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
not yet, but soon
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Will be learning myself as soon as it arrives
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
surfing the network

About Me

I am soon to be 76 God willing.  I love music and am fascinated with stringed instruments.  Do not know how to play well, but for own enjoyment I think I will pass.  I am part of a volunteer group of 4 at present music lovers and we play for nursing homes when we can.  We play Country, Gospel and Bluegrass.  I thought that the Psaltery would be a nice addition to our group, replacing my guitar as we have two in the group, aa banjo and a bass guitar. wish us luck, me especially that I may learn well enough to realize my dream for the group and myself. I do have a small selfish streak.

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At 9:44pm on April 24, 2012, NaloMeli said…
No worries - I can sort of read music. I played with my baby for five straight hours tonight. Had to stop, the morning comes early :)
At 12:16pm on April 24, 2012, NaloMeli said…

Hi there. Well, you have one up on me - you can play an instrument!  I have a guitar that I've not touched in years. I never could get the hang of strumming and cording at the same time. I hope to have better luck with the BP.

I plan to first learn to tune it, then scales, then start with very simple songs. I must say that I'm more drawn to those played in a lower key. I've been collecting sheet music from the web to try out.

My BP & tuner are supposed to arrive today, so tonight I think I'll be scaring the cats. That is, after I've shooed them off, I can well imagine they will want to play with the bow when I'm rosining it. 



At 6:57pm on April 21, 2012, NaloMeli said…
Hi! I'm a beginner too. I first heard one last weekend at a Renfest. I liked your comment on playing. I too bowed a few notes and that's when I thought ' I can do this!' 
At 7:34pm on April 20, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome! I, too, was an instant fan of the bowed psaltery after "discovering" it at the Westmans' studio. I absolutely loved the sound and had to have one. I hope you are thrilled with your BP when it's delivered.

At 5:45pm on April 20, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Hi Fred and welcome to Psaltery Strings. I hope you love playing the bowed psaltery as much as all of us do. Please don't hesitate to ask questions, post or comment. Most importantly, visit often and enjoy the site.



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