Stringed Things: JAMES JONES BOWED PSALTERY (32-String “Alto” Model)




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Published on Jun 22, 2017

JAMES JONES BOWED PSALTERY (32-String “Alto” Model): A hand-held triangular shaped melody instrument, played with a bow. Has a haunting, ethereal tone, often used with chordal instruments, or for solo playing. This model is fully chromatic, set up like a piano, with the "white notes" to the right and "sharps/flats" to the left. (Here, I am playing it sideways and "backwards.") This model has a 2-1/2 octave range going down to middle C (C4-G6). I'm using two bows (at the same time--"double bowing technique") in this video.

For the curious, this is the verse progression to a piece ("The Aftermath") I wrote on September 11, 2001--originally on acoustic guitar. I expanded the whole thing into a full-band track, with lyrics and everything, and uploaded it to my website Sept. 16, 2001. In this video, I've adapted those chord changes to this eerie instrument (original voicings were denser--had more notes--than what I'm able to "bow" here, fyi).

Song: "The Aftermath" (verse, revisited)
© Dale Turner 2001 and 2017


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