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136 pages

A Psimple Psaltery

Creator: Eric Meier | 2009-01-01

As with any instrument, the bowed psaltery can be as simple or extravagant as you want to make it. In this book, a plan is pre-sented for a simple psaltery.

About this book
What's not to like about the bowed psaltery? They have the most wonderful ringing sound of nearly any musical instrument heard, with a haunting sustain that makes the music seemingly float in midair and tingle in your ears. They are easy to play, (featuring a range of two octaves, and no fingering positions to learn), and in their most basic form are fairly simple to build.As with any instrument, the bowed psaltery can be as simple or extravagant as you want to make it. In this book, a plan is pre-sented for a simple psaltery. By changing the layout and shape to a basic triangle, and eliminating some of the more intricate steps--along with giving in-depth and thorough directions--building a bowed psaltery is available for just about everyone.Everything you need to know in order to build a bowed psaltery can be found in this book. All that is needed are basic wood-working tools, a few small specialty items available online, and a persistent passion for making music.



181 pages

Musical Instrument Design, Practical Information for Instrument Making

Creator: Bart Hopkin | 1996-01-01

Some have even put the cylinder on a rotating bearing. Figure 9-17 shows another approach that allows a player to selectively bow individual strings on a many-stringed zither. Instruments of this sort, commonly called bowed psalteries, have ...

Publisher: See Sharp Press

About this book
This is an encyclopedic, large-format book containing hundreds of illustrations. While not geared toward making conventional instruments, Musical Instrument Design provides all the information that anyone (amateur or professional) should ever need to construct an amazingly wide variety of percussion, string, and wind instruments. Includes many designs along with parts lists and detailed construction instructions.



56 pages

Shall We Gather, Hymns Arranged for Hammered Dulcimer

Creator: Madeline MacNeil | Music - 1999-03-05

This collection of music conveys Madeline's love of hymns.

About this book
This collection of music conveys Madeline's love of hymns. Many of these arrangements provide a harmony part that may be performed on another instrument such as the flute, guitar, bowed psaltery, or mountain dulcimer. The majority of these tunes can be played on a 12/11-course hammered dulcimer (with G below middle C being the lowest note on the instrument). Selections include: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; All Beautiful the March of Days; Amazing Grace; Be Thou My Vision; Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing; Evening Hymns; For the Beauty of the Earth; He Leadeth Me; Here I Am, Lord; How Great Thou Art; and many more. Written in standard notation only with complete lyrics and suggested chord changes.


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The bowed psaltery is a type of psaltery or zither that is played with a bow. In contrast with the centuries-old plucked psaltery, the bowed psaltery appears to be a ...

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Dave's Psaltery - Handmade Bowed Psaltery For Sale
Daves Psaltery specializes in making handcrafted, bowed psalteries. With over 6000 created, we endeavor to provide the finest handmade psalteries for sale around.


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  • Zither Heaven, LLC

    Zither Heaven 22 String Cherry Bowed Psaltery

    Musical Instruments (Zither Heaven, LLC)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Zither Heaven, LLC

    Fun and Easy too.

    0 5/5 Deborah Kay - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Zither Heaven 22 String Cherry Bowed Psaltery Wow,I am having so much fun with my new instrument. A quality item and so easy to play and such a great price! Sounds great, so much like a harp, yet easy to travel with and tune. It is like I am an instant musician. I only know 4 songs and have only experimented with musical instruments, however picking up this instrument makes it seem like I have played for a while. And the notes are near the posts so it makes a great for children also.I hope you enjoy the sound, ease and joy of this instrument!Deborah Kay 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 27, 2012

    good beginning psaltery

    0 5/5 richard chouinard - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Zither Heaven 22 String Cherry Bowed Psaltery Bought this for my daughter one Christmas. She loves to play it. It's much better when you order another bow so you can play with both hands. We replaced the cheap bow with two really nice ones from another site and the sound is a bit nicer. The only drawback is that the letters indicating what note you're playing do not come off and it makes the instrument look childish. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 14, 2015

    Excellent instrument! - better known as a Bowed Psaltery

    0 5/5 Sam Z - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Zither Heaven 22 String Cherry Bowed Psaltery Fun! Fun! Fun! Labeling the notes makes it soooooo easy to learn to play. It's just like the keyboard on a piano.Time consuming to tune it the first time but using the Snark tuner saves the day! You can turn most any sheet music for the piano into music for this instrument. Example: C C G G A G Twink-le Twink - le little starThere are TONS of You Tube demonstrations and other info. This was the best priced one I could find anywhere. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 27, 2014
    List Price: $97.34
    Includes bow, tuning wrench, and rosin
    Ages 6 and up
    22 strings - fully chromatic and pre-tuned, with labels on each note
    Fun and affordable way to begin playing the psaltery
    Made in the U.S.A. from sustainable native North American solid cherry


  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    Bowed Psaltery: The String Instrument Anyone Can Play - Play Celtic, Folk or Hymn

    Book (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

    Rating (5 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    Easy read

    0 5/5 CAM (Jacksonville, NC) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Bowed Psaltery: The String Instrument Anyone Can Play - Play Celtic, Folk or Hymn (Paperback) It has the basic information on how to play your Psaltery, and is really easy to understand. It tells you how to hold the bow, and everything you need to know on how to restring. All in a very plain fashion. Really good information for a novice. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 19, 2014

    Bowed Psaltery book

    0 5/5 Luvin' Amazon! (Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Bowed Psaltery: The String Instrument Anyone Can Play - Play Celtic, Folk or Hymn (Paperback) This includes a nice introduction to the bowed psaltery, basic music theory and a few songs. The print is large, which is great for those of us with older eyes. It is a bit too easy for me and I wish that there were more songs, but still, it is a well presented book for a beginner. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 15, 2013

    Great book!

    0 5/5 Amazon Customer (Robbinsville, NC) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Bowed Psaltery: The String Instrument Anyone Can Play - Play Celtic, Folk or Hymn (Paperback) This book is well laid out, with lots of information in it. It even has instructions in it for the left-handed psaltery and has some simple tunes to learn in the book. I would recommend this book to new psaltery owners. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 14, 2014
    List Price: $16.99


  • Master Works

    Master Works Bowed Psaltery with Case

    Musical Instruments (Master Works)
    List Price: $348.00

    Each instrument comes with a tuning wrench, string gauge chart and tuning scheme, rosin, and a Master Works bow made of real Mongolian horsehair. We back all of our instruments with a 2 year limited warranty.
    Comes With Padded Case A protective case constructed just for a Master Works Bowed Psaltery. This high-density foam-padded navy blue case is covered with water resistant Cordura, and has a zippered pocket for the bow, and includes a shoulder strap for ease of carrying.
    Comes in 3 Kind's of Woods. Cherry, Walnut or Sipo Woods. Your Choice in Comments
    Master Works Psalteries have a logically located "fingerhole" in the upper back to insure safe and comfortable control as you play or transport your beautiful new Psaltery. Each instrument is carefully inspected for accurate hitch pin height to insure smooth movements of the bow from note to note.
    Thirty string with varying gauges provide strong consistent tone throughout its fully chromatic range of F above middle C to third Bb above middle C. Of course, all Bowed Psalteries come with the beautiful Harrison Rose soundhole inlay.


  • Zither Heaven, LLC

    Zither Heaven Children's 20 String Maple Bowed Psaltery

    Musical Instruments (Zither Heaven, LLC)
    List Price: $77.99

    Includes bow, tuning wrench, and rosin
    Fun and easy to play
    Made in the U.S.A. from sustainable native North American solid maple
    Ages 6 and up
    20 strings - fully chromatic and pre-tuned, with labels on each note


  • International Digital Book Publishing, Incorporated

    20 Celtic Tunes for the Bowed Psaltery

    Book (International Digital Book Publishing, Incorporated)
    List Price: $15.99


  • Roosebeck

    Roosebeck Psaltery, Soprano, Right-Handed

    Musical Instruments (Roosebeck)
    List Price: $169.90
    Price: $135.92
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  • Roosebeck

    Roosebeck Psaltery Bow

    Single Detail Page Misc (Roosebeck)

    Rating (12 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    Roosebeck

    A smaller psaltry bow!

    I have a walnut and maple handmade Psaltry ordered from a well-known couple who have made old-fashioned instruments for years at the Tamarack Artisans Hall in West Virginia. So, I am used to the longer, handmade walnut bows with real horsehair strings!The Roosebeck bow was smaller and has white polyester strings that were not all tightened to the same tension that I was used to using. I suppose you can use scissors to cut-off loose strings??I tried-out the Roosebeck bow, but went back to the comfortable feeling of my handmade, longer bow.I returned the Roosebeck Bow to Amazon and had no problems getting a refund.The Roosebeck bow would be more suitable for beginnig psaltry players. Once you get used to an old-style walnut-bow's size and tone, it may be harder to switch over to factory produced bows. Other customers may enjoy this smaller bow. The price is of Roosebeck Bow is much lower of course than that of a handcrafted wooden and horsehair bow, so some... 3/5 Sue - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roosebeck Psaltery Bow (Electronics) I have a walnut and maple handmade Psaltry ordered from a well-known couple who have made old-fashioned instruments for years at the Tamarack Artisans Hall in West Virginia. So, I am used to the longer, handmade walnut bows with real horsehair strings!The Roosebeck bow was smaller and has white polyester strings that were not all tightened to the same tension that I was used to using. I suppose you can use scissors to cut-off loose strings??I tried-out the Roosebeck bow, but went back to the comfortable feeling of my handmade, longer bow.I returned the Roosebeck Bow to Amazon and had no problems getting a refund.The Roosebeck bow would be more suitable for beginnig psaltry players. Once you get used to an old-style walnut-bow's size and tone, it may be harder to switch over to factory produced bows. Other customers may enjoy this smaller bow. The price is of Roosebeck Bow is much lower of course than that of a handcrafted wooden and horsehair bow, so some... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 6, 2013

    psaltery bow

    0 5/5 brenda - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roosebeck Psaltery Bow (Electronics) I am very pleased with my 2 new bows. They were exactly as described in the ad and even nicer than I expected!! iI bought two so I can learn how to play harmony while playing the melody. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 1, 2012

    A businesslike bow.

    At first, I was disappointed with this bow, because it had synthetic strings rather than horsehair. But try as I might I could not find anyone who had horsehair bows in stock, so I was stuck with this one, which is identical to the one I got with my Stringed Psaltery from Lark of the Morning in California. The horsehair has more tooth, it is better in producing a tone. To satisfy myself, I bought some violin bows of horsehair, but they are entirely too long. I had also gotten the violin bows because there was no way to adjust the tension on the Psaltery bow. But I pushed on. I then discovered using the rosin and all fears about tooth and tightness disappeared. The Psaltery and bow were now in sync with one another, and I was happyThe finish on this bow is very nice, a darker brown, not the blond I find on so many instruments these days. There is a way to tighten the threads on the bow. But I am not adventuresome enough to try, as there seems to be remarkably little... 4/5 B. Marold "Bruce W. Marold" (Bethlehem, PA United States) - See all my reviews, September 22, 2013
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  • International Digital Book Publishing, Incorporated

    Early Music for the Bowed Psaltery

    Book (International Digital Book Publishing, Incorporated)
    List Price: $13.95


  • Roosebeck

    Roosebeck Psaltery, Baritone, Right-Handed

    Musical Instruments (Roosebeck)
    List Price: $289.00
    Price: $231.20
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  • Folkcraft Instruments, Inc.

    Folkcraft Brand Bowed Psaltery/Hammered Dulcimer Steel Wire/String, 50 Ft. Roll, .012 (#3)

    Musical Instruments (Folkcraft Instruments, Inc.)
    List Price: $7.99


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CAUTION; BOWED PSALTERY PLAYER ON BOARD-BUMPER STICKER-ADD YOUR OWN BACKGROUND COLOR- Description The conventional bowed psaltery is triangular in shape, allowing each string to extend a little farther than the one before it, so that each can be individually bowed. Chromatic bowed psalteries have the sharps and flats on one side and the diatonic notes on the opposite. It is a psaltery in the traditional sense of a wooden soundbox with unstopped strings over the soundboard. It significantly differs from the Mediæval plucked psaltery only in that its strings are arranged to permit bowing. The soundboard has a soundhole or rose in the center. It is normally played with a small bow, often made in the earlier semicircular style, rather than a modern concave violin bow. Method of playing Performance styles vary, but the instrument may be played either one note at a time, with the instrument held with one hand and bowed with the other, as in instruments of the violin family, or it may be laid down and played with a bow in each hand, in a style reminiscent of the closely related hammered dulcimer. Some players will also hold two bows in one hand to facilitate double-stopping. Besides bowing, the instrument may also be strummed or struck for additional tone colors. The strings are often too closely spaced for conventional finger picking, but may be plucked at the bowing end. READ NEHEMIAH 12:27 ..
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