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Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video

Hornpipe from Abdelazer played on the bowed psaltery by Brenda Mangan

"Hello, Sue. "On This Day Earth Shall Ring" is a favorite of mine, too. My church choir, which I sing in, actually did an arrangement of it this past Christmas. It's too bad MI is so far from SC, we could duet many of these from this…"
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Brenda Mangan posted a video

Hornpipe from Abdelazer played on the bowed psaltery by Brenda Mangan

"Hornpipe from Abdelazer" is a 1600s piece by Henry Percel. This arrangement can be found in JM Bolton's book "Early Music for the Bowed Psaltery".
Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's photo

Psaltery leg block 2

"OK, great! Good luck and if you or the friend have any questions don't hesitate to contact me. It's handy for beginning to double bow without investing too much, to see if you like double bowing. And for trekking out in the woods to play.…"
Nicola Roberson commented on Brenda Mangan's photo

Psaltery leg block 2

"Brenda, Thanks for the information. I have a friend whose husband is very talented in wood making. If he can't help me, I'll get back in touch with you. I'll copy the pictures for him. "
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Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's photo

Psaltery leg block 2

"Hi Nicola. It was my idea and I took it to a friend of mine who made it for me. He is kind of a "good ole country mountain man" and doesn't do internet. He will make more and I take the shipping out of the $15 and give the rest to him…"
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Nicola Roberson commented on Brenda Mangan's photo

Psaltery leg block 2

"Brenda, Who makes the leg block ?  I saw one note saying that it cost around $15 shipping encluded. Nikki"
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This is a nondenominational group for BP players working in a healing function, whether directly or as in a support role.See More
Jun 19
robert schuler replied to Linda Hamilton's discussion Tenor Psaltery?
"Mike. I used a guitar fret ruler. I used a 25.5" scale. I set my pins in the same positions where a fret would go. Although I don't think is as critical as setting frets it is a good guide just the same... Robert."
Jun 17
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mike lewin replied to Linda Hamilton's discussion Tenor Psaltery?
"Hi. Hope you don't mind me asking but I am trying to find info on building. I have made a two octave bp , g-g, and now would like to make a 2 1/2 or 3 octave one.where can I get info on string spacing.....from the low g and downwards? I can…"
Jun 14
Donna Malus commented on Donna Malus's video

RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"Hi Celeste, that is one of Rick Long's baritone psalteries with some cello strings added and also with a pick up plugged in. It is haunting and lovely!"
Jun 13
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Celeste Howard Ray commented on Donna Malus's video

RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"Lovely Rick!  Great to see you are still innovating the design of the great BP!"
Jun 10
Celeste Howard Ray posted an event

Summer Solstice Celtic Concert with Celeste Ray & Friends at First Congregational UCC at 2000 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa, CA

June 24, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Journey through the mystical lands of the Celts with a multi-media event June 24, Friday at 7:30 PMMusic and Irish Step Dancing with photography and poetry all honoring our ancestors! See More
Jun 10
Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video

"Flowers of Edinburgh" on the bowed psaltery by Brenda Mangan

"Thank you, Sue. It's exciting that you have a student you meet with regularly. And isn't Psaltery Strings a great place to see all kinds of examples of different playing styles and songs! All the best and happy bowing to you and your…"
Jun 10
Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video

"Flowers of Edinburgh" on the bowed psaltery by Brenda Mangan

"Thank you, Nozomi. This really is a fun one to play. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement.  ~Brenda"
Jun 10


Tenor Psaltery?

Started by Linda Hamilton in For Sale. Last reply by robert schuler Jun 17. 3 Replies

Hi,Does anyone have a 30-string tenor Psaltery (preferably with the lowest string as F) for sale. I live in Canada.Thanks.LindaContinue

Want to buy a large BASS bowed psaltery

Started by Mason Hamlin in For Sale. Last reply by Carl Gotzmer Jun 3. 4 Replies

Hi..I can't find a lot of information on the net about bass bowed psalteries, but I would love to have one that goes down at least to the  C below middle C, and further down would be even better.   Are there any used ones for sale that are close to…Continue

Taking on a student

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Psaltery Teachers. Last reply by Nozomi Nose Jun 3. 3 Replies

I have invited a lovely,musically inclined twenty-something to come over and meet my bowed psalteries on Thursday. I have an overt agenda: I want someone to play with! I think she might be just the person. I'd like to introduce her to some basics…Continue

note printout?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? May 25. 0 Replies

my friend has a 22 string soprano psaltery. I'm looking for a note printout for her to put under the strings. Any ideas? this is a 2009 Rick Long instrument. thanks. sue wContinue

Unicorn Strings Psaltery restring

Started by Barbara Wingert in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Barbara Wingert May 19. 2 Replies

Hi, I'm new to the bowed psaltery and just got a 1985 Unicorn Strings Psaltery. I need to replace some strings. I know the present system on the psaltery is using a wire on 2 pins. I am familiar with ball end strings. Has anyone tried converting…Continue

Tune Learning YouTube Site: " Fabio Vetro"

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey May 11. 2 Replies

  Fabio Vetro teaches tunes in English and Italian playing the same tune on Ocarina, keyboard, Recorder, and sometimes Penny Whistle slowly with notes showing and later up tempo with sheet music with notes lettered! He covers Renaissance, Irish,…Continue

An Article about Rosin from Strings Magazine

Started by Donna Malus in The Bow May 1. 0 Replies

The Differences Between Dark and Amber RosinJANUARY 5, 2004Deciphering what it is, how it’s made, and which one is right for…Continue

Tags: psaltery, bow, bowed, light, rosin

Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Gretchen Apr 19. 7 Replies

The music for June is an old Welsh lullaby called Suo Gan.I first heard Suo Gan when I saw the movie Empire in the Sun. It was a theme song for the movie and hauntingly beautiful sung by a boy's choir. The song was played during the most emotional…Continue

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"Folk Tune Finder" Web Site

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Apr 1. 1 Reply

  As a musician who does not read music I do find "Folk Tune Finder" ...  a very helpful site. A given tune, you name it, it will pop up, multiple transcriptions for your friends that…Continue

suggested books

Started by Bubba Jordan in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Mar 12. 5 Replies

Ok.I don't read music at all.So I'm interested in learning,but I wouldn't know where to begin.Is there any books I could get to learn how to read music.Or other suggestions,I can't afford a teacher right now.Thank U for any advice that U all may…Continue


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My Waynie Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Linda Rodgers on February 27, 2016 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

I received my new absolutely beautiful Waynie Ultimate Bowed Psaltery yesterday 26 Feb. 2016. The workmanship and attention to detail is nothing short of marvelous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose Purpleheart wood and Wayne combined it with Curly  or Flame Maple. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! My baby is one class act Psaltery !!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't checked out wayniepsaltery please do so !!!! You will not regret it !!!!!!!!!!

Linda Rodgers

Oklahoma City, OK 

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: The Bladder Fiddle

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on January 28, 2016 at 7:30am 0 Comments

  Please see this YouTube video of traditional Baltic instruments being played...   Established authoritarian Musicologists have long held that "There were no bowed musical instruments in Europe before Byzantine versions were introduced in the 10th century AD."! The Bladder Fiddle Family represents a long tradition of playing a bowed bass instrument of usually only two strings and often not fingered at all but instead…


high on bowed psaltery!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on December 26, 2015 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

When I bought my psalteries this summer, I imagined I would enjoy playing, and at some point might be competent enough to play at church or maybe a farmers' market. I had no idea how quickly doors would open for me to share the pleasure it has brought me. Almost immediately, I was able to contribute music to a family event.  My relations were superlative in their praise of my few tunes-- Amazing Grace, and I can't remember what else. I got plenty of practice trying to explain the instrument…


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 other stringed instruments 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…


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 3 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! "Do you ever 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 4 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



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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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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
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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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