This is a demonstration performance in a shopping mall near my house. I am sorry for the noise. I love this tune and thank Psaltery Strings very much for car...

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Comment by Donna Malus on May 12, 2013 at 8:18am

Outstanding!  It doesn't sound like that when I play it   : )

You are so talented and make the bowed psaltery dance and sing.

Comment by Nozomi Nose on May 6, 2013 at 7:58am

Brongaar san

I do believe that playing slow, beautiful songs is an indispensable charm of playing the bowed psaltery. 


Comment by Nozomi Nose on May 6, 2013 at 7:45am

Thank you very much, Dave san. 

Watching the videos you showed me, I got many ideas on the bow movement of single bowing. Players who have good bowing technique are beautiful to watch, aren't they?   


Comment by Dave Holeton on May 4, 2013 at 5:38pm


Some of my experiences in seeing people play were  not collected on video.  Rick Long played "Road to Lisdoonvarna", a quick Irish tune and I think he played it on his tenor psaltery (Rick, please add some comments for your version of the tune).  I have seen some others on youtube but I am unable to find the videos at this moment.


The ones I can find bring some important concepts to playing quick intervals on a psaltery.

Here's a short one where Rick displays moving the psaltery to make it easier to play the notes on the left side.

When It's Iris Time In Tennessee


Here's one where Don Skinner makes it look effortless to play either side of the psaltery with one bow (where I would use two bows).  It is not necessarily a fast song but is a good demonstration of seemingly effortless playing on either side of the psaltery.

GreenSleeves on Dulcimer and Bowed Psaltery


Here's one where Tish demonstrates some pretty nimble movements between the notes

Galway Piper


Then there is this one from Gene Jaeger.  It's a sales promo video but around 1:15 you'll see a very nimble snippet from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite".

Gene Jaeger


Maybe some of the other members on this site know of and will post some videos of people playing the psaltery with one bow through some very quick intervals.




Comment by Brongaar on May 3, 2013 at 10:27pm


I do play a right hand psaltry left handed, seems simpler that way because the layout is identical to a piano.. I do avoid the quicker tunes because of the single bow.

Comment by Nozomi Nose on May 3, 2013 at 8:47pm

Thank you very much, Dave-san! 

Would you please show me the URL of youtube videos of a person who "hold the psaltery with one hand (smaller psaltery) and play incredibly quick intervals with one bow" if you know any?  I will be out of town for a couple of days and I may not resopnd to you very quickly but I would apprecite it very much if you let me know. 


Comment by Dave Holeton on May 3, 2013 at 7:39pm


I have seen a few others who use the "passing over the bow" technique for fast intervals.  I have also seen people who can hold the psaltery with one hand (smaller psaltery) and play incredibly quick intervals with one bow.

I have tended to stay away from fast songs on the psaltery, but I was working on something the other day and found myself trying the "passing over the bow" technique.  It will take some more practice.


Comment by Nozomi Nose on May 3, 2013 at 9:36am

The reason why I mentioned "passing over the bow" in my previous comment is because, just in case some of you might find this video problematic because of it. 

Comment by Nozomi Nose on May 3, 2013 at 8:08am

Thank you very much for your comment Dave-san and Mr. Brongaar. 

What I am dowing is a style developed in Makoto Kato's group, a group I am belong to in Japan.  While one of my bows is playing one note, the other bow passes over it moving to the next note.  This is something I was told NOT to do in the BP teaching video I saw.  I guess playing Rush in the Pepper with a single bow is far more difficult than playing with double bow. 

It is one of my dreams of playing the bowed psaltery to play fiddle tunes like Soldier's Joy and Liberty.   I was surprised and impressed to find out how great the arrengement of Rush in the Pepper shared here sounds on bowed psaltery.

Comment by Brongaar on May 2, 2013 at 9:56am

I see  Double Bow technique... I have been trying too hard with a single bow?

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