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Profile IconEmma Stefanick, Alicia Kime and Lesley Iwinski joined Psaltery Strings
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted videos
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SUE C WHEELER posted a status
"I'm really appreciating my psalteries, as I try to take it easy, recovering from surgery for Parkinson's. I find more time=more expression."
SUE C WHEELER commented on Charlie Marshall's blog post Organizing a new players group
"Just doing some browsing and noticed your interesting post of September 10, 2016.  How did it go? Any nibbles?"
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Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video

There's a Song in the Air

"Thank you, Nozomi, I value your comments. My greatest learning tool has been to watch others whom I admire playing. I study what I see to understand why a certain bowing sequence was used and how I can use it to improve my playing. You, Nozomi, have…"
Jan 4
Nozomi Nose commented on Brenda Mangan's video

There's a Song in the Air

"Brenda, I feel very honored to read that you made the bowing of this video from what I am doing. I played There Is A Song in the Air both with one bow and two bows, and yes, “the beautiful sing” part is much more smooth with two bows…"
Jan 4
Lois Skiffington is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Jan 2
Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's video

There's a Song in the Air

"Thank you, Dave. This bowing technique leans towards the Japanese style that I see Nozomi Nose using. I enjoy watching others to learn different styles of bowing. In this piece, this style works very well because of the alternating notes. As in the…"
Jan 1
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"Check out Trad-Rock group's flamboyant Bowed Psaltery player!...."
Jan 1
Dave Holeton commented on Brenda Mangan's video

There's a Song in the Air

"Very nice Brenda.  This year I hope to work on the bowing technique that you demonstrate in this song.  Also, maybe I'll record something in front of the Christmas tree in December, which is a very effective backdrop. Dave"
Jan 1
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Auld Lang Syne 蛍の光

"Again, thank you very much everyone. In Japan we have a song titled Hotaru-No Hikari. The melody is the same as Auld Lang Syne but the lyrics is different. Hotaru-No-Hikari is, so to say, a song to celebrate the ending. We sing the song at the…"
Dec 31, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Auld Lang Syne 蛍の光

"Very nice, Nozomi. I always love to hear you play. A lovely, prosperous, and music-filled new year to you! ~Brenda "
Dec 30, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on Dave Holeton's video

Auld Lang Syne on Bowed Psaltery

"Very nice, Dave. The harmonies are nice and the higher-than-the-melody harmony part added a nice and unexpected sound. Thank you so much for sharing the video and the sheet music in it."
Dec 30, 2016
Dave Holeton commented on Dave Holeton's video

Auld Lang Syne on Bowed Psaltery

"Thanks Nozomi-san All 3 verses were recorded on a 4 track cassette recorder with guitar on one track and a psaltery on each of the other 3 tracks.  It was difficult to find a way to hear the melody on the verses with harmony.  In the…"
Dec 30, 2016
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Auld Lang Syne 蛍の光

"Thank you very much, Sue! Nozomi"
Dec 30, 2016
Nozomi Nose commented on Dave Holeton's video

Auld Lang Syne on Bowed Psaltery

"Very nice, Dave san!  The melody played on the baritone bowed psaltery and the both versions of the harmony part sound really beautiful.  In the second part of your video, did you play the melody and harmony at the same time?  Or was…"
Dec 30, 2016
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Dec 30, 2016
Profile IconPhyllis Gula, Pam Snyder and Janie Manasco joined Psaltery Strings
Dec 30, 2016
Dave Holeton replied to Dave Holeton's discussion East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering in Cove Lake Park, Tennessee
"Thanks Nozomi-san.  It has been a busy end of year for me also.  I had some time this week to work on the version of Auld Lang Syne that we played at the gathering and attached that version in the video section on this site.  Most of…"
Dec 30, 2016



East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering in Cove Lake Park, Tennessee

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum. Last reply by Dave Holeton Dec 30, 2016. 5 Replies

    I had a great time at the East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering.  One of my highlights for the event was using Donna's version of Auld Lang Syne (from Donna Malus's Psaltery Strings Music Book) in a discussion about playing harmony.  We developed…Continue

Tags: Harmony, Syne, Lang, Auld

"Best Ever" bumper stickers for psaltery lovers

Started by Maureen Callanan in General BP Forum. Last reply by Maureen Callanan Dec 22, 2016. 2 Replies

My current one is "A Psaltery & Battery"    I get a lot of looks and smiles as I commute daily in the Washington, DC area. Of course, D.C. is filled wih lawyers... : )Continue

bow problems

Started by bob pryor in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by bob pryor Dec 19, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi all.finally tuned my new BS in. But have been using my original bow. And it plays fine.but the bow is new, and just slides across the strings with out a sound. How can it be treated to make it a working bow.a very Mery Christmas to you allbobContinue

Maine players

Started by Betsy Kopyc in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by Betsy Kopyc Dec 9, 2016. 2 Replies

Looking for others in Maine who have a bowed psaltery. I just got one and would love to know if there are more like-minded individuals up here in the northeast corner.Continue

Sheet Music for October 2013 - Clergy's Lamentation

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Betsy Kopyc Dec 8, 2016. 10 Replies

It seems I'm on a Turlough O'Carolan is Clergy's Lamentation, probably my favorite O'Carolan melody. We played it one year at the symphony and may play it again next year.It is a lamentation so it would be played slowly, but I have heard…Continue

a treasure of PDF possibilities

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Sheet Music to Share. Last reply by Gretchen Dec 6, 2016. 8 Replies

I have been chasing sheet music. As I have been playing with a hammered dulcimer group once a month, I am always looking for stuff on their playlist. I have found title after intriguing title here:…Continue

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My Latest Videos

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in Psaltery Teachers. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Nov 28, 2016. 1 Reply

 Especially since going to East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering I have been making more videos. As a musician I was quite used to playing a tune and letting it go flying off into the air. Back then I had a tape recorder and such but now I have my…Continue


Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Nov 14, 2016. 5 Replies

Oh,no! I cut all the strings because they were rusty, have new wire but don't know which pins to go to. 2 1/2 octave, 32 strings. Could someone post up-close pic of strung top? Or advise?Continue

Want to buy a large BASS bowed psaltery

Started by Mason Hamlin in For Sale. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Nov 11, 2016. 8 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

Psaltery Strings

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Rick Long Nov 9, 2016. 6 Replies

Received my e-bay psaltery today - looks pretty good but strings are rusty so don't want to touch the bow to them. It is a soprano - does anyone know where I might find a graduated-diameter set of strings? That would be ideal, otherwise I can only…Continue


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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 ?


Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.

This was the beginning of me-as-a bowed-psalterist.

I’m staggered by how much I’ve been able to play and learn this year.  I’ve accumulated reams of sheet music, but also picked out tune after tune by ear. I’ve memorized a couple pieces. I’ve participated in both a workshop and a festival with Tish Westman, and had gratis…


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…




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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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Clergy's Lamentation




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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
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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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