Terry Butler's Blog (8)

Favorite bows.

I've tried quite a few kinds of bows including violin bows. My favorites are the light weight ones that Rick Long makes and I must have 5 or six sets including 2 double connected bows. Synthetic is OK but can be rather worthless in high humidity.  Was playing outside on a rainy day under a trailer awning and couldn't get any sound with those!  Like no rosin at all no sound.  Dark horsehair seems to grab the strings best in situations like that.  Tend to prefer the horsehair now since then.…

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Added by Terry Butler on April 30, 2015 at 9:34pm — 4 Comments

Embracing the Dark Side - Reluctantly.

Well, I now have a C tenor for travel purposes.  Not easy taking the big baritone places just to have a C.  My C and D tenors can use the same stand which is great.    I've used rub-on letters to   label my notes along the right side and then used lower case letters to label the sharps along the left.  I have a chart now that shows the different notes in each key so am practicing scales in all the different keys.  Also playing shorter songs like "Amazing Grace" in the different keys.  It…

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Added by Terry Butler on July 11, 2012 at 3:56pm — 3 Comments

The Instrument of Ten Strings - the BATTLEHARP a.k.a. Oak Lyre.

Psalm 144:9 KJV says: " I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee." I had the psaltery and now I have the instrument of 10 strings too. How cool is that!   I bought mine on ebay - finding it under the "psaltery" search.  I found it was tuned similarly to my 11 string psaltery.  The strings are…

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Added by Terry Butler on March 14, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Mini bows

I find myself double bowing more and more and finally got to thinking that shorter bows might make double bowing on fast songs easier.  Sometimes the two bows would want to tangle a bit.  So, I asked Rick Long if he'd make me 2 - 11" bows with horsehair and tension sliders.  For my small hands they work GREAT and I absolutely LOVE them but Rick said when he tried them his hands cramped up quite quickly.   Anyway,  last week I had him make me a…

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Added by Terry Butler on January 18, 2012 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

Volume Question.

I play psaltery with a group of dulcimer players.  In practice I hear fine but in some of the nursing homes the acoustics are terrible.  If I get between the violins and a louder dulcimer I can't hear my own instrument and if one of them is off key I sometimes hear myself as too sharp compared to flat notes.  SO.... is there a device I can attach to my instrument with earphones that I can hear my own instrument louder to just me?  That would be SO helpful!  I can't use my amp so wondering if…

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Added by Terry Butler on October 20, 2011 at 9:17pm — 2 Comments

A nice discovery.

This morning I played in Sunday School and morning service at church.  First time using my Roland micro cube (at church).  I decided to try NOT using the sound system at church and see if the micro cube would carry.  Good sized auditorium.  It seats up to 500 easily.  Turned out the sound not only carried well but even the folks in the back were commenting the sound was perfect!  Not bad for such a small portable amp.  I had the volume on full and the gain on half.  I like the sound of BRIT… Continue

Added by Terry Butler on June 19, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Getting braver with every psaltery.

A couple of weeks ago I won a 30 string no name psaltery on ebay.  I'm giving my 24 string folkcraft to my 9.5 yr. old granddaughter and needed one I could tune to D.  Having 6 extra strings was a plus.  The psaltery was strange though - no notches on top of the pins for the strings to rest in - the strings just were balanced across the top!  Also the black dots were all in the wrong places.  Must have been someone's first attempt at making a psaltery or something.  Anyway, I added the notches,… Continue

Added by Terry Butler on May 30, 2011 at 11:49pm — No Comments

External pick-up.

I recently discovered a very cool external pick-up that works great with my 24 string psaltery.  Haven't tried it on my little one but may get a pickup for that as well.  http://cgi.ebay.com/JJBELECTRONICS-EXT-100-External-Acoustic-Guitar-Pickup-/220718736124?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item3363dca2fc#ht_9673wt_902  It's on ebay…

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Added by Terry Butler on April 21, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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Groups

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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