The present my fiance bought for my birthday arrived today. I am now the owner of a bowed psaltery! It’s the historical precursor to the violin and other bowed stringed instruments. I’ve wanted one for a good 6-8 years now, so I’m very happy indeed to have it. We’re ordering a new bow to go with it, as the current bow is a bit hard for me to grip and has synthetic ‘hair’ that doesn’t make for the nicest of sounds.
Physically speaking, the psaltery is a big improvement over a violin for me. On a violin, you have to be able to press down the strings all the way to the neck, in order to get different notes. My fingers do NOT like doing things like that – it’s quite painful. A psaltery, on the other hand, has one note per string. Want more notes? Get a bigger psaltery with more strings.
Hopefully I will learn to play this quickly! I’ll record a sample for you guys, once it’s sounding decent.