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A Brief Description Of The Facts You Should Know About The Bowed Psaltery

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As one of the few 20th century designed and implemented musical instruments, the bowed psaltery has links to much older instruments. The plucked psalter has a similar name, but the history of this version is much older. The advantages of the bowed device include its ease of transport. Homemade versions are available as well as more costly and finely finished devices.

You should understand that it is the plucked version of the instrument that has a history going back to the medieval times. The instrument played with a bow is more closely related to a number of devices which were used a thousand years ago, but are no longer extant today. These are known as the bowed rote, the Welsh crwth and the orrota. More recently, there were several bowed devices that are cousins. The violin zither is one example. With the popularity of Hawaiian music in the years following World War II, there were several branded devices such as the Ukelin sold. In the late 1800s, a German schoolteacher created an instrument similar to today's form.

The instrument is shaped like a triangle. The surface of the triangle contains a series of closely space strings. The length of the strings are a little longer than the previous one. This allows the bow to be used on the string individually. The chromatic form of the instrument has diatonics on one hand and the flats and sharps opposite them.

The shape of the bow can vary. Older or traditional designs appear as a semi circle. Today, the bows are concave in shape. The performer can select the preferred shape according to the skill level and music type.

There are several performance styles that can be used to play the instrument. It can be held with one hand and bowed with the opposite hand, as is the position for violin family instruments. Alternatively, the psalter could be laid flat and the performer can play with a bow in each hand. If desired, some players choose to hold a pair of bows in one hand, which allows double stopping. Plucking, strumming or striking the strings adds some additional shades of sound.

The sound of bows on the wire strings has been described as medieval. This sound makes it a popular instrument to play with ensemble groups of true medieval instruments. Those who enjoy this type of music can learn to play relatively easy, and participate with groups if preferred.

You can obtain one of these musical devices by building it yourself. There are kits available if you need a little help on design and instructions. You can also find fine quality instruments online or in larger music stores. Traditionally, the sound board has a rose design. The highly polished wood gives it a simple, classic design.

A bowed psaltery is an instrument that is easy to carry around and it looks very attractive. For these features, if for no others, the psalter is a preferred option. Learning how to play it is easier than some of the more complicated instruments. The sound is modern, yet it fits well with medieval music groups.

If you need more info on handmade psalteries don't hesitate to check our website right away! View the related page about psalteries by clicking on this link today.

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