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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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Bowed psaltery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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 ...

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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Bowed Psaltery Music | Teach Yourself to Play Music – It's ...
If you are looking for Bowed Psaltery music, Donna does a great job of arranging music for this instrument. Here is her new book

Bowed Psaltery, Dulcimers and Folk Music, Unicorn Strings
Bowed psalteries, dulcimers, harps, bodhrans and accessories. Includes FAQs, psaltery information, and company profile.


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  • Zither Heaven, LLC

    Zither Heaven 22 String Cherry Bowed Psaltery

    Musical Instruments (Zither Heaven, LLC)
    List Price: $97.34

    Made in the U.S.A. from sustainable native North American solid cherry
    Includes bow, tuning wrench, and rosin
    Ages 6 and up
    Fun and affordable way to begin playing the psaltery
    22 strings - fully chromatic and pre-tuned, with labels on each note


  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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

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    Rating (5 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
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    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


  • Roosebeck

    Roosebeck Psaltery, Alto, Right-Handed

    Musical Instruments (Roosebeck)

    Rating (2 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Roosebeck

    Bowed Psaltery

    0 5/5 Jim & Michelle Eoff (Kodiak, AK. USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roosebeck Psaltery, Alto, Right-Handed I absolutely Love this instrument! It is easy to play and makes a beautiful sound. The compaany will answer any technical questions you have about it too. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 29, 2012

    wonderful

    0 5/5 Sara Hicks (SANDY, OR, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roosebeck Psaltery, Alto, Right-Handed this is a beautiful instrument and the sound is etherial. It is a joy to play and to look at. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 2, 2013
    List Price: $229.90
    Alto Psaltery - Right Hand
    Comes with bow and rosin
    Carved rosewood sound hole
    Spruce soundboard w/ rosewood back & sides
    30 Strings


  • Master Works

    Master Works Bowed Psaltery with Case

    Musical Instruments (Master Works)
    List Price: $348.00

    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.
    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.
    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.
    Comes in 3 Kind's of Woods. Cherry, Walnut or Sipo Woods. Your Choice in Comments
    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.


  • Roosebeck

    Roosebeck Psaltery Bow

    Single Detail Page Misc (Roosebeck)
    List Price: $17.90
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  • Sierra's Ascent

    A Psimple Psaltery: Building a Bowed Psaltery, From Start to Finish

    Book (Sierra's Ascent)

    Rating (11 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Sierra's Ascent

    A Psimple Pleasure

    0 5/5 J. D. Owen "Dave" (Lakeland, FL USA) - See all my reviews, June 22, 2009

    A Psimple Psaltery is an excellent reference on the bowed Psaltery

    0 5/5 Haverdude "haverdude" (Missouri) - See all my reviews This review is from: A Psimple Psaltery: Building a Bowed Psaltery, From Start to Finish (Paperback) Being a cello player I found the bowed psaltery a very fascinating instrument. It's simplicity to play and it's pure, haunting sound made me want to find out more about this instrument. I have built a dulcimer so I thought that I might be able to build a psaltery as well. I did a search on the Internet and found a lot of information. However, I have not found a better resource for building a bowed psaltery than this book "A Psimple Psaltery: Building a Bowed Psaltery, from Start to Finish". This book is very easy to understand. The author writes very clearly so that even the most novice builder can be walked through step by step to complete a psaltery. Also, I have e-mailed the author with a couple of questions. Not only did I get a reply but I received very detailed answers. I would recommend this book to anyone that has any interest in the bowed psaltery. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 31, 2009

    Great Instructions

    0 5/5 H82Diet (Gettysburg, PA) - See all my reviews This review is from: A Psimple Psaltery: Building a Bowed Psaltery, From Start to Finish (Paperback) I am not a woodworker but I was determined to make one of these for my daughter as the finished ones we saw at a Heritage Festival were $175.I thought the instructions were crystal clear and very easy for me to follow. I had to borrow the use of some of the power tools but I was able to make the entire thing on my own and it came out GREAT! I also put one of those fancy laser cut medallions in the sound hole which finished it off nicely. Thanks Eric! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 17, 2009
    List Price: $18.99


  • Zither Heaven, LLC

    Zither Heaven Children's 20 String Maple Bowed Psaltery

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

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


  • International Digital Book Publishing, Incorporated

    20 Celtic Tunes for the Bowed Psaltery

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


  • It's Easy to Play the Bowed Psaltery DVD

    Musical Instruments

    Made in the USA
    Ball-End Guitar Strings
    32- Strings


  • International Digital Book Publishing, Incorporated

    Early Music for the Bowed Psaltery

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


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CAUTION; BOWED PSALTERY ON BOARD-BUMPER STICKER CAR BUMPER STICKER

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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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This funny bowed psaltery design features the text that says "yesterday i couldn't spell psaltery, today I play one".
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