Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles (13)

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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…

Started by Tom Cox

4 Oct 30, 2015
Reply by Tom Cox


Donna, You suggested appropriate drone notes in your BP book. Is there a musical formula to determine these recommendations? Or??????? Than…

Started by Peter T Cook

2 Mar 1, 2015
Reply by robert schuler

RIck Long in the News!

Hi! Follow this link to see the news spotlight of Rick Long and the bowed psaltery! Nice Rick!!!!

Started by Donna Malus

0 Dec 23, 2014

Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

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…

Started by Donna Malus

8 Oct 27, 2014
Reply by susan ballard

Short Documentary on the Bowed Psaltery and Spring Creek Psalteries

I think this qualifies as an article on the Bowed Psaltery! It's Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries, a videographer did a short documen…

Started by Donna Malus

0 Jul 6, 2014

Instructional Books and DVDs about the Bowed Psaltery

The Psimple Psaltery Instruction Book and CD by Melodye Whatley and Ingrid Skinner;…

Started by Donna Malus

6 Oct 31, 2012
Reply by Donna Malus


I got this book last week and I LOVE it.  It has a lot of good information in it.  I can play from Fake books but that is the level of my a…

Started by Sharon Davis

1 Oct 31, 2012
Reply by Evelyn L Abston

An article and a book we can relate to!

During one of my many web sessions I came across this article written by Barb Gregorich. I found the article very entertaining and also ver…

Started by Donna Malus

0 Mar 17, 2012

You just never know where the BP will show up.

In spite of the fires, this group gathers to worship and play music. It's mentioned in the article that one of the instruments played is a…

Started by Donna Malus

1 Jun 19, 2011

15th Annual Down Home Psaltery Festival

Here's a link to an article about the Down Home Psaltery Festival...there's a nice photo gallery featuring Dave Lucas' bowed psalteries. ht…

Started by Donna Malus

0 Jun 12, 2011


Featured Video

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
Contact Paul at

or call him at



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

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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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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