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"The Italian Rant" Playford Tune on Bowed Psaltery

My simplified Bowed Psaltery version, of course it can be played many different ways. Also known as "La Mantovana".
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Prueba de salterios de arco.

Aquí la primer prueba de salterios (soprano y "sopranino " (baby), de mi producción como luthier. Próximamente estarán terminados los arcos específicos.
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Tips for Jamming?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by julie stiles Nov 8. 3 Replies

I visited a lovely dulcimer jam this weekend, in Haslett, Mi. Though predominately hammer dulcimers and guitars, instruments also included fiddle, mandolin, accordian, two string basses, and me with my baritone bowed psaltery. They were very…Continue

Shape note singing

Started by hilary ANNE hughes in General BP Forum. Last reply by hilary ANNE hughes Nov 8. 2 Replies

Hi - I play in the UK for a West Gallery Quire who use music from the 1750's to 1850's appox.  When they sing unaccompanied they use shape note music - mostly American - and I wonder if there is much use made of shape-notes in the USA.  I would be…Continue

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Started by Tom Cox in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Tom Cox Oct 30. 4 Replies

I just received my psaltry and have a question about the rosin. The psaltry was built in 1994 and the rosin that came with it is that old I'm sure. Should the rosin be somewhat soft? Mine is hard and not sure if I should replace it.Continue

Sheet Music for August 2012 - Four Seasons Winter

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Oct 26. 1 Reply

A big thanks to Ivan Bradley for this sheet music and MP3!If anyone would like to share sheet music or suggest tunes for the Song of the Month, please message me!  Remember it must be public domain music. …Continue

Tags: vivaldi, arco, four, seasons, winter


Started by Brian M Nusser in General BP Forum Oct 20. 0 Replies

I have been noticing the continually growing number of people from Ohio who are becoming members of this group, and just wondering if some type of "event/gathering" in Ohio has ever been considered?

Your learning to play WHAT!

Started by Bubba Jordan in General BP Forum. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Oct 20. 1 Reply

Yep I was actually asked this in a MUSIC STORE the other day.I don't know who in shock the most,him the owner's son for asking,or me being asked by him.This is a family owned music store quite nice I might add.With a large area for teaching many…Continue

Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started by julie stiles in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by julie stiles Oct 9. 2 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

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I'd like to play with friends in mid-Michigan!!

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery? Oct 7. 0 Replies

Are there any places to meet with other psaltery players in the Lansing, MI area?   After Tish's workshop in WV, I'm all enthused and ready for anything!Continue

Schneeman's Bowed Psaltery Worksop in Costa Mesa CA Oct 10th 2015

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ? Oct 4. 0 Replies

 The 21st Harvest Festival of Dulcimers is this very next Saturday. Please look here under Events for more info. Nice new location. Jeanie and I will lead the Bowed Psaltery Workshop.   Continue

Tenor and Baritone psalteries for sale

Started by robert schuler in For Sale Oct 4. 0 Replies

Greetings, although I primarily build and sell mountain dulcimers, I occasionally build BP's. I am selling two identical models I built in 2007. They are in new condition and had been sitting on the shelf unused but kept up to pitch. Both are 25…Continue


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Continuing my journey with bowed psalteries

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 8, 2015 at 1:57pm 4 Comments

I obtained my Baritone Roosebeck Psaltery on Aug 8, 2015, and my Cabin Creek Alto on October 19, 2015. I realize this is adding family members rather rapidly, but I'm guessing there's folks out there that understand this! I love the low tones of the baritone, and the fact that I never "run out" of notes. It seems that 37 strings is quite a luxury. On the other hand, the little cherry Cabin Creek is easier to play and to carry around. While exploring options, the friendly attention from the…


Bowed Psaltery Relative: The Dan Bau

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

 The Bowed Psaltery consists of a scale of individual strings each tuned to a specific pitch and arranged to be played upon one at a time by a bow. Each individual string is a musical instrument in its self called a Monochord. Monochords are the earliest stringed instruments with all others progressing from that first development. Many different Monochords were developed by many cultures through out history. One of these, the Vietnamese Dan Bau, sometimes described as a prehistoric Theremim,…


My bowed psaltery debut, plus I'm all set up!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on August 21, 2015 at 6:54am 0 Comments

Ten days after acquiring my bowed psaltery (baritone), I was able to play some tunes as my cousins scattered ashes--both of their parents had died last year. The service was brief, informal, but beautiful, on the banks of the Sauble River.The guitar player and I each found a seat on moss covered tree limbs. I was told my music was very significant. Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Come by the Hills, and a little noodling. In other news, my James Jones platform came yesterday and I'm all set up…


Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 2 Comments

  When you bravely take your Bowed Psaltery out in public you have to be prepared to say, "It's a Bowed Psaltery" while playing and explain about it little, so many people are amazed they have never seen one before and need to know "What is that?" RIGHT NOW! "How do you play the strings in the middle?" Is a pretty common question. You get all possible reactions ranging from complete indifference to absolute "Stop that and go away or I will hurt you." But you will find many people are…


The Passing of Jean Ritchie

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on June 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment  If you look at one of the photos with this article about Jean Ritchie's life you might notice a Bowed Psaltery in the back ground. Jean and I crossed paths at different folk events often enough that she remembered my name and encouraged my Bowed…


Favorite bows.

Posted by Terry Butler on April 30, 2015 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

I've tried quite a few kinds of bows including violin bows. My favorites are the light weight ones that Rick Long makes and I must have 5 or six sets including 2 double connected bows. Synthetic is OK but can be rather worthless in high humidity.  Was playing outside on a rainy day under a trailer awning and couldn't get any sound with those!  Like no rosin at all no sound.  Dark horsehair seems to grab the strings best in situations like that.  Tend to prefer the horsehair now since then.…


problem with wound strings Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in …

Posted by Mouth Bow on April 8, 2015 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

problem with wound strings
Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in the zipper to get the string through the hole if you're wanting a deep bass on a bowed psaltery like Alto flatwound is the way to go you'll feel it through the ran shivers down me it was so beautiful of a sound. Continue

Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on March 24, 2015 at 9:55pm 4 Comments

  First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…


Psalteries welcome at our folk music jam on 4th Tuesdays in So, Cal. U.S.A.

Posted by Bea Romano on March 3, 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!  

I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A.  You can find details at  Hope we can make music together!



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Had a needle biopsy yesterday which indicates that I do not have cancer! Am celebrating today!!!!


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Minuet in D - Don Skinner on Bowed Psaltery with Ehukai Teves on Dulcimer

This video inspired me to take up the bowed psaltery. Thank you Don for this wonderful performance, you make the bowed psaltery sing!

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms


Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata


Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall


New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels


Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas


Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info
Melbourne, FL

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