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.
Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on May 26, 2022 at 8:30am — No Comments
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
Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on January 15, 2022 at 8:41am — No Comments
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.
Added by bob pryor on July 28, 2021 at 1:39am — No Comments
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
Where can I buy new strings for my psaltery?
Added by Liese Alexandra Connell on November 14, 2020 at 7:23am — No Comments
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In their strings they have Psaltery one with a photo of bowed Psaltery but they pocket it but they also have Dulcimer both hammer and strum I use the strum I like the song Whiskey Before Breakfast. If you are interested check out the app maybe the members can get…Continue
Added by Mouth Bow on September 17, 2020 at 3:29pm — No Comments
Added by Pamela Zell on March 22, 2020 at 6:16pm — No Comments
So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan.
So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to…
Its very exciting news that Nozomi Nose, the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world, is flying all the way from Japan to attend and perform at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering Oct.24 - 26! I'm planning on driving there from California rather than fly so I can bring more instruments and gear, there is a camp ground right there in the park and a wide range of Motels nearby. Please see "EVENTS" here on Psaltery Strings for more information.
Hi fellow Bowed Psaltery enthusiasts! I'm suggesting people arrive as early as they can for the Original Dulcimer Players Funfest at Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart Michigan July 18, 19, & 20 2019. I will be there the weekend before and other campers are beginning to arrive so jamming gets under way with more people showing up all the time. There has been increasing interest in the Bowed Psaltery at ODPF and this year we are hoping for a even bigger Bowed Psaltery presence! Camping…Continue
Added by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments
anyone have tab they care to share for: I can’t help falling in love with you?
Added by Darrell Atkins on April 1, 2019 at 4:15pm — No Comments
I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring. We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business (https://www.etsy.com/shop/musicroomdollclothes. ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…Continue
Added by SUE C WHEELER on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments
The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:
It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass
Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.
This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…Continue
Added by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm — No Comments
I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering
Added by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm — No Comments
Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.
These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…Continue
Added by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm — No Comments
I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area. I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in. I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.
In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…Continue