Sunday, May 4, 2014

Beautiful Bowed Psaltery For Sale

By Eloise Hewitt

Psalteries can be found in almost all folk cultures, all around the world. They come in all shapes and sizes. They were usually plucked with the fingers or a plectrum. You will find them on numerous medieval paintings, but the first ones appeared long before that time. Today, you can find yourself a beautiful bowed psaltery for sale in numerous online shops.

Bowed psalteries produce unusual sound that fits perfectly in any medieval ensemble. If played using fingers or a plectrum, this interesting instrument produces lovely tingling tones, very pleasant to ears. Bowed sounds are different, they float in midair on the most beautiful way, and you just have to hear these sounds to understand why people appreciate them so much.

The great thing is that it is perfectly easy to play it. The technique is easy to understand, and simple melodies are easy to learn. Even if you cannot play other musical instruments, you will find it perfectly easy. Specialized shops offer all types of music sheets and all other stuff you might find useful, including how to books and manuals.

Psaltery looks quite similar to both zither and harp. The strings run the entire length of the instrument. It seems like the first ones were developed in the Middle East, at least a few centuries BC, and brought to Europe and to China during the Middle Ages. Back then, these lovely instruments were played in all given occasions. It was often played during psalms reading, for example, but any other occasion was great as well.

At first, they were just rectangular wooden boxes, with gut strings on. Triangular shape soon became popular as well, but in Europe, they mostly preferred trapezoidal and wing shaped ones. Different parts of Europe have their own favorite shapes, and wing shaped psalteries were mostly played in Northern Europe. At first, some used two sticks to strike the strings, and some plucked them with fingers or a plectrum.

Gut strings are now replaced with steel made ones, to improve the brightness and loudness of the sound. Many other instruments were based on psalteries, for example, the hammer dulcimer, harp, zither and other string instruments. Lately this charming, interesting and beautifully sounding musical instrument became very popular once again.

If you are interested in buying psalteries, you will find beautiful ones online, in specialized shops. Some are artistically decorated, some are simple or made of precious woods, and some are more modern, made of different materials. In any case, you will positively enjoy playing any of them, whatever shape you prefer. They all produce absolutely lovely sound you will certainly adore.

Beautiful psaltery looks very decorative and fits in any interior design. This lovely item will find its place in your living room, even if you aren't so interested in playing it. Who knows, you might change your opinion when it's there. It looks really attractive, it sounds absolutely amazingly good and it's just great to have it in your home. So, what are you waiting for?

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