Some questions about psalteries: How easily do the strings break? How hard is it to re-string a psaltery? Does a psaltery stay in tune pretty well? Are there good sources of music written for the psaltery, or do most people just convert tunes of their liking to use on the psaltery? It strikes me as a good medium for folk tunes (Irish, Celtic, etc.) and early music (Medieval, chant, etc.).
I play a little piano and am learning to play the recorder. If I can get some sort of consistency (play each day, keep adding a new recorder note every few days, etc.), then I am going to reward myself with the psaltery I saw at the Indianapolis Art/Craft show last weekend. I almost bought it then, but decided I must make myself more accountable before spending the money. I loved the sound of the psaltery when the maker played a bit for us. Today at church in one of the scriptures the psaltery was mentioned in a list of biblical instruments. A positive omen? LK Marshall
Thank you Bonnie, and anyone else for the welcome in your group. I really am hoping to find other Psaltery players in my area, or near by here in Michigan. So many people never seen my instrutment before. When i preform in public I get a lot of questions about the psaltery; now I can tell them about checking out Psaltery Strings. I hope I am posting this in the right area.... Joyce
I received my psaltery a week ago. Went to tune it and broke a string. The wrench locked on the pin. Took it to music store and man there suggested a folk music store. Took it there and that man said he'd never seen anything like mine the way the strings were set and the wrench was locked. I didn't want to tell my friend that I bought one. I wanted to learn a bit first. But I told him an he said bring it over. He is a professional classic country singer/guitarist. He had extra strings and restrung it. He went to tune it and broke a string so I didn't feel too bad. The wrench locked because it was not seated all the way down. He restrung and carefully tuned it and then he pulled out his guitar and some songs with easy chords and I was actually able to accompany him on a few! I went to Albert Music Hall with him this past weekend and sat in the picking shed wishing I was good enough to play along. I just know that will happen quickly as I taught myself a couple simple tunes this week. Irene
Thank you Bonnie for the welcome. I am looking forward to receiving my bowed psaltery. I heard one played at a church jam in south Jersey a month ago and fell instantly in love with the haunting sound.
I will write this again.I just got my psaltry at age 64.Even though I am.right handed I do many things left handed so I bought a left handed psaltry.It seems like I use a lot of resin on the bow.My question is how much is enough .Thanks.
I was looking at hotels in the Beckley WV area for the March gathering at the Tamarack. I am considering attending possibly, but was wondering if you knew which hotels were closest to it? Thanks!!
Dona Benkert -
Illinois Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
& 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westmaninstruments.com
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 email@example.com http://upontheharp.com
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.