Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Plucked Psaltery

GUEST,Woody 16 Dec 10 - 04:53 PM
GLoux 17 Dec 10 - 03:42 PM
GUEST,Woody 18 Dec 10 - 04:28 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 19 Dec 10 - 03:58 AM
kendall 19 Dec 10 - 07:14 PM
GUEST,Woody 21 Dec 10 - 02:41 AM
GUEST,Vicki Kelsey 21 Dec 10 - 11:31 PM
katlaughing 21 Dec 10 - 11:57 PM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 22 Dec 10 - 04:32 AM
davyr 22 Dec 10 - 05:11 AM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:





Subject: Plucked Psaltery
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 16 Dec 10 - 04:53 PM

A friend has recently got one of these. She's working out how to play it but hasn't found any guides or playing instructions so she's pretty much starting from scratch. Does anybody know of any good resources for learning how to play the Plucked Psaltery?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: GLoux
Date: 17 Dec 10 - 03:42 PM

Try this booklet


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 04:28 AM

Thanks for that Gloux


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 19 Dec 10 - 03:58 AM

There's a bit of info here, though you'll need to scroll down the page to find it. But the whole website's great anyway - it's mainly devoted to zithers, and there are some neat sound clips.

http://www.fretlesszithers.com/znochords.html#psal


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: kendall
Date: 19 Dec 10 - 07:14 PM

First time I saw Jean Redpath she played one of those things. That was in 1973 I think.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 21 Dec 10 - 02:41 AM

Thanks for the info. It's certainly an obscure instrument. Even the links you guys have kindly given contain very little information. The help is appreciated nonetheless.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: GUEST,Vicki Kelsey
Date: 21 Dec 10 - 11:31 PM

Bob Beers of Fox Hollow fame played the plucked psaltery, as well as fiddle. If you look up Bob Beers on the cat, you can find reference to some recordings that might still be available somewhere.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Dec 10 - 11:57 PM

I had a small one bought on ebay, made for children, which I sent to a friend, before I knew I was going to have a grandson who would love one. That one had song sheets one could slip under the strings and follow along whilst plucking. I see now SOMEONE is offering songbooks for specific "lap harp-zithers" for children.

I have an old, regular sized one which my grandson loves to play, though he has not learned to tune it, yet. I lost my wrench and there are none available in this town, so I am going to order one. We love the sound of the plucked psaltery.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 04:32 AM

The Psaltery is a revived instrument that died out in the middle ages along with it's playing tradition which is lost to us (the Bowed Psaltery is a modern invention for Folkies, essentially a simplified Ukelin, invented by Marx in the 1920s). We hear how the crusaders brought back various instruments from the Holy Land that formed the basis of many medieval instruments and that the Psaltery was derived from the Qanun which thrives in Arabic classical & popular music to this day. Lots of excellent examples on YouTube as you'd expect, including this choice cover version:

Metallica Nothing Else Matters played with Qanun


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Plucked Psaltery
From: davyr
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 05:11 AM

Bob Stewart was another exponent of the plucked psaltery. I can't vouch for any of his more recent recordings, though, as he seems to have gone a bit err... "New Age-y":

http://www.rjstewart.net/tapes.htm


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 21 June 9:30 PM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.