'Whisky Before Breakfast' on bowed psaltery

Bowed psaltery and recorded guitar track by Nozomi Nose

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Comment by K.Keller on September 8, 2013 at 9:51am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9bhC8A7ml8&feature=youtu.be  a video of some of my chums goofing off and making many mistakes but the bass run by Stephen Seifert is glorious. He is playing a dulcimer made by Gary who is on left side of screen. Stephen is one of the finest dulcimer players in the world and a caring and likeable instructor. I hope you enjoy the jam.


Comment by Nozomi Nose on September 8, 2013 at 6:24am

Ah!  Children tend to learn words that we adults don't want them to learn very quickly.  Anyway we must be careful to perform this song for the audience including many children. 

I watched a couple of videos of bass dulcimer on Youtube.  The lowest note of the psaltery I used in this video is F3 so I understand that it can happen. 

Again, I thank you very much for your comments. 


Comment by K.Keller on September 7, 2013 at 8:55pm

Nozomi, I was not bothered by the sound of your psaltry in the recording of "Whiskey" but was commenting about how some low note instruments may respond to swift playing. And I was joking about title since I heard an uncle ask his nephew to wait until the boy was old enough to drink before using the word whiskey.

I enjoy your playing very much and am always happy when I see you have posted more music. Our dulcimer group plays whiskey at a speed very close to your timing. I hope someday to play the piece on my bowed psaltry .  Kristi

Comment by Nozomi Nose on September 7, 2013 at 7:13pm

Dear Ms. K. Keller,

Thank you very much for your suggestions. 

Is “Breakfast Reel” OK? 

Maybe I placed the video camera too close to my psaltery, or the tension of the horse hair of the bow was a little too loose.  When I watched the video in my PC it was OK, but when I watched the same video in the YouTube website after I uploaded it, the psaltery sounded as though it was ‘amplified’ and a little too loud for me.  Please turn down the volume a little if you find the psaltery muddy. 


Comment by K.Keller on September 7, 2013 at 4:38pm

Nice job on a cheery number. Sometimes we call the tune "Beverage Before Breakfast" if there are lots of small children around or parents who object to alcohol.

It seems that your psaltry is like some bass dulcimers which can become "muddy" sounding when many notes are played rapidly.

Thank you again for sharing your music.

Comment by Nozomi Nose on September 7, 2013 at 8:37am

I still have problems to solve.  As you probably noticed there are some mistakes in the video.  Pardon me for them.  Also, the video is still rather too slow to join in a bluegrass jam.  I tried faster tempo but my psaltery didn’t sound very good. 

Comment by Nozomi Nose on September 7, 2013 at 7:52am

Thank you very much, Dave-san! 

I played in the key of D. 


Comment by Dave Holeton on September 7, 2013 at 6:22am
All I can say is "Wow!" Thanks for proving that it can be done!

It appears you are playing notes almost equally on both sides of the psaltery. What key are you playing in "Whiskey Before Breakfast"?


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