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?
nope
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. 

Peace,

NaloMeli

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.

Donna

 
 
 

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

to see his work visit

http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at
 pgsykes1@hotmail.com

or call him at

601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& 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
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

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
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

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.

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