Hi, NaloMeli. I don't want to miss a message from you again. If you ever want to meet at the CU Botanical Gardens to play/learn/compare/hangout/goof around together with our bowed psalteries, email me at email@example.com
If you're willing to try violin styles of bows, I found that the 1/16 sized violin bows work well for me using double bowing. There are many sources on the internet that sell inexpensive bows that are acceptable in quality. I found a few sources that have better than average quality bows in the $20 range.
Rick long's traditional style bows are some of the best but after trying out about 8 types of bows from various makers, I came back to the violin bows in the 18 inch size.
I considered making bows to sell along with my psalteries but the time and effort would take away from my instrument building.
I just hope that you atr not one to give up easily becausae it did not come natural on the first attempt. That very first time was a battle for me and I wanted to quit. I do not read or understand the written music as I should, but I manage to get by well enough for self satisfaction, and fortunately for me, the others that I play with do not seem to mind my mistakes. I did copy the free sheet music that was offered on this site, and I do believe I should be able to follow the notes. Let me know how you make out when your BP arrives and you go for the GUSTO. HAVE A HAPPY
I hope to be able to learn enough to incorporate the Psaltery with my fellow band members and the other instruments, ast least for some of the Gospel music for starters. Wish me luck. Perhaps we may be able to help each other up and over any rough spots we encounter along the way. Tell me more about yourself amd what you do with your music.
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.