Soldier's Joy ソルジャーズ ジョイ

Bowed psaltery and guitar by Nozomi NOSE プサルタリー・ギター演奏:能勢 希

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Comment by SUE C WHEELER on August 18, 2015 at 9:04pm

Thanks very much, Nozomi. I appreciate your generosity in sharing your knowledge and experience.

Comment by Nozomi Nose on August 18, 2015 at 6:51pm

Thank you very much, Brenda! 

Your comment always gives me a great energy to keep myself going. 


Comment by Nozomi Nose on August 18, 2015 at 6:48pm

Thank you for your message, Sue. 

I will send two photos of the bow I am using.  One is a photo of the side of my bow and the other is a photo of the same bow taken from the viewpoint that you see the bow when you are playing your BP.  In the second photo you see some space in the middle of the bow and a small wooden chip.  (I am sorry the photos are rather small.  Please try magnifying the display.  ) This bow is devised by Makoto Kato, who is also a member of Psaltery Strings and is my guitar teacher and music in general.  He made all the bowed psalteries I use.  Many members in our group in Japan are using this type of bows.  We call them 2-lane bows.  As I wrote in my previous comment, this bow requires very delicate touch.  At first you might feel the bow a little weak.  But you will get very good resonance when you get used to it.  


Comment by Brenda Mangan on August 17, 2015 at 2:30pm

Very lovely and spritely, Nozomi. I love watching you play as much as listening; your bows dance across the strings like a leaf playing in the wind. 

Comment by SUE C WHEELER on August 17, 2015 at 6:27am

Nozomi, thanks for the information about the bow string being split in two. Do you have  a close up photo of that? I don't quite understand. I so admire your playing, I will hold it up as a standard to aspire to. I notice you've been playing 9 years; I've been playing 9 days!  Right now I'm working on just memorizing tunes. Thank you for the welcome!

Comment by Nozomi Nose on August 16, 2015 at 10:02pm

Thank you very much, Gregg-san! 

It is I that played the guitar accompaniment. The accompaniment guitar was overdubbed. 


And thank you very much Sue for your message and also thank you for your message to my St. Anne’s Reel video.  Welcome to Psaltery Strings! 

In this video you see the bowstring is split in two, with a small wooden chip in between.  Each part of the bowstring is very thin and if we add too much tension to the bow hair, the bow would break.  These bows naturally require us to play with very light touch.  

Comment by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on August 16, 2015 at 6:54am
Sounds great as usual Nozomi-san, thanks also to your guitar player!
Comment by SUE C WHEELER on August 16, 2015 at 6:47am
what a pleasure to see the variety and sensitivity that Nozomi draws gently from this instrument!

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