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Cynthia Phillips posted a status
"Will “Music of the Month” start back up before long?"
Apr 14
Kathy Adkins updated their profile
Apr 10
Frances Bercher replied to Cynthia Phillips's discussion Tuning Question
"Thanks for the advice. The G string is 3 1/4" from the bridge, F# is 4". Solved the problem by attaching the Snark tuner to the rail pin. Thanks again. "
Apr 9
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Cynthia Phillips's discussion Tuning Question
" My questions are: how short are these high strings that won't tune? If they are shorter than an inch and a quarter, and or shorter than the string is long on the other side of the bridge/nut to the tuner pin? That will affect their…"
Apr 8
Frances Bercher replied to Cynthia Phillips's discussion Tuning Question
"I'm anxious to see the answers to this. I have a Snark and a Korg and the short strings will not register on either. "
Apr 6
Cynthia Phillips posted a discussion

Tuning Question

My sister and I both purchased bowed psalteries during her visit from Alaska to NC.  We started learning together, and both bought Snark tuners. Upon her return to Alaska, our plan was to FaceTime weekly and play together.  When attempting to do this, our notes were not at the same pitch, despite our Snarks telling us both that we were in tune.  She purchased an app to check her psaltery and it was in tune.  I checked mime with a Korg tuner as well as online tuner.  Both indicated mine was…See More
Apr 6
Cynthia Phillips posted a status
"Does an alto psaltery exist or is the alto range the lower octave of a 2-1/2 octave psaltery?"
Apr 5
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Apr 2
Cynthia Phillips posted a status
"Thank you for adding me to your group. Are there any folks who play and get together regularly in the Hendersonville, NC area?"
Apr 2
Cynthia Phillips posted a status
"I am working on The Irish Jig Medley. I’ve worked through the first three sections, with three more sections to go. Fun, fun, fun!"
Apr 2
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Anyone have a tab for:  I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You they care to share? See More
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a photo

Bowed Psalterist Gregg E. Schneeman

Here is a photo I'm submitting to the Folks at Evart Michigan Dulcimer Funfest as a publicity photo for this years schedule which I feel very honored to be included in. I hope we have a big showing of enthusiasm for the Bowed Psaltery at Evart this…
Mar 27
Gail Van Amberg posted an event

Bowed Psaltery Gathering Evartq at Evart, MI at the Osceola County Fairgrounds

July 17, 2019 from 2pm to 10pm
Gregg Schneeman and Gail Van Amberg are putting on a Bowed Psaltery Gathering Wednesday July 17, 2019 from 2pm - 4pm the week of the ODPC FUNFEST in Evart, MI in the Red Goat Barn. Come and learn how to play the bowed psaltery, learn a tune, meet others who play the bowed psaltery, and join the Bowed Psaltery Jam Wednesday evening at 7pm also in the Red Goat Barn. We will have bowed psalteries for you to play or dust off your psaltery and bring it. Stay for the Original Dulcimer Players Club…See More
Mar 16
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
Mar 15
Kathy Kennebrook replied to Donna Malus's discussion Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2
"How can I get another copy of the first book? I love your ideas for the second book I am excited!"
Mar 15
Donna Malus posted an event

10th Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony at Tamarack

April 10, 2019 to April 14, 2019
Hope to see you in Beckley! This is a great event, I can't believe it's been 10 years already. See More
Mar 14
Walton "John" Page posted a video

Sir Bubbas Lament (Procurans Odium)

Sir Bubba’s Lament This “song” is a re-arrangement of the 13th century song , “Procurans Odium”, whose first line can be translated as “The effects of hate t...
Mar 11
David Schultz is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Mar 11


Tuning Question

Started by Cynthia Phillips in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Frances Bercher Apr 9. 3 Replies

My sister and I both purchased bowed psalteries during her visit from Alaska to NC.  We started learning together, and both bought Snark tuners. Upon her return to Alaska, our plan was to FaceTime weekly and play together.  When attempting to do…Continue


Started by Darrell Atkins in Sheet Music to Share Apr 1. 0 Replies

Anyone have a tab for:  I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You they care to share? Continue

Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Kathy Kennebrook Mar 15. 9 Replies

I've started work on PS Music Book Vol. 2 and was wondering what songs you might like to see in Volume 2.Please post your suggestions here, I'd love to hear from you. Remember, songs must be in the Public Domain. If you're not sure, I'll double…Continue

Cello Psaltery Build

Started by Bill in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by robert schuler Mar 5. 1 Reply

I am looking to build a cello sized psaltery.  My two big questions are string size and hitch pin spacing.  Any advise, plans, ideas please send them along.Continue

Tenor Psaltery?

Started by Linda Hamilton in For Sale. Last reply by Linda Hamilton Feb 19. 5 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

The Bow

Started by Frances Bercher in The Bow. Last reply by Frances Bercher Jan 30. 12 Replies

I finally got all the strings on my new (used) psaltery replaced and all tuned with electronic tuner left over from my bagpiping days. Now can't get any sound when I use the bow! I ran it through a chunk of beeswax, could the problem be that I need…Continue

Need some dimensions

Started by Alan Eggleston in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Dec 20, 2018. 2 Replies

Bowed Psaltery friends,I have a commission to build a Bass Bowed Psaltery, something I've never built.  What are the approximate dimensions?  The one I saw in a YouTube video looks about 36" tip to base, and maybe 10-12" at the base.Also, what…Continue

Dead Strings

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Dec 17, 2018. 15 Replies

I have a 2/1/2 octave bowed psaltery. On the two shortest strings, G & F#, I get only a dead, scraping sound. I think I have enough rosin on the bow because as I bow up the strings (lower notes) the sound is quite sweet. I tried replacing those…Continue

Change my profile

Started by Larry Thrasher in How can I ..... ? Dec 13, 2018. 0 Replies

How do you change the CITY and STATE part of your profile? The information did not appear to be available on the MYPAGE/PROFILE page.I recently moved to Mountain View, AR.Thanks.Continue

More information needed

Started by Alan Eggleston in Psaltery Builders and Merchants Dec 5, 2018. 0 Replies

Hello again.  I am wondering about the dimensions for an alto, tenor ad baritone bowed psaltery.  All I ave ever built were sopranos.  This summer I was commissioned for one, and just finished one for another customer.  Both are 21" long, and 7"…Continue


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Posted by Darrell Atkins on April 1, 2019 at 4:15pm 0 Comments

anyone have tab they care to share for:  I can’t help falling in love with you? 

lonesome psaltery?

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am 0 Comments

I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring.  We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business ( ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…


Sheet music for "A Walk beside the Placid Waters"

Posted by Ron Zuckerman on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:

It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass

The Magic of Evart

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm 0 Comments

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…


Cleaning soundboard

Posted by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm 0 Comments

I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering

Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…


Organizing a new players group

Posted by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment

I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area.  I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in.  I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.

In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…


I'm still playing

Posted by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

I've been missing from here for some time. But some times life seems so busy. I'm off down to dorset on my hols shortly. I'm taking my Bs. I've had this daft idea about playing on the top of Cerne abbas. Also pay my respects to the last resting place of Pete shutler. The man who made fall in love with the BS.

sadly missed.  

I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 8 Comments

If was to buy sheet music what would I get Violin. I would like to play some modern songs like the Beatles, Kansas, maybe Led Zepplin. You know shake the world up. I know someone  who plays Rock n roll on his accordion. I have really  only been seriously playing the psaltery for a few days and have learned all the xmas songs that my grandbaby and I plan on playing at her school and church this season. I have already purchased  2 other psalteries a xylophone and a autoharp to see…


Looking for B.Psaltery players

Posted by Joyce Hibbard on August 9, 2016 at 7:54am 1 Comment

I live in Michigan's thumb area, and I am looking for B.P.Players in my area to get together to jam and practice. I will travel 30 to 50 miles, if need be, to get together. Anyone out there interested ?



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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


to see his work visit

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
Contact Paul at

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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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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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