Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings (17)

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ashokan farewell duet in japan

i love this!  too good not to share.  what psize psaltery is that?  Baritone?  listen to the cello-like tones when the guitar takes the lea…

Started by julie stiles

11 Feb 6, 2017
Reply by Celeste Howard

Irish Music on a Tenor Psaltery

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a recording I made using the Audacity software and a basic Logitec microphone.  The instrument, a Lo…

Started by Charlie Marshall

3 Aug 9, 2015
Reply by Dutch Wigman

Revelation Song - performed at church 9-28-14

Here is a recording of Revelation Song performed this morning in church. I was playing behind the singers, so the bowed psaltery is a littl…

Started by Ruth Lawrence

2 Mar 28, 2015
Reply by Serenity

First two recordings

Hi, I've been playing around with two-bow technique. Here's what I've done so far (Eleanor Plunkett and Red Haired Boy). I still have a lo…

Started by Linda Hamilton

1 Feb 15, 2015
Reply by Brenda Mangan

This music for simply earing

Hello everyone, I would like to present to you this kind of music with the Psaltery in guest instrument. It's a piece from my last CD "De N…

Started by Grasset-Saruwatari

10 Sep 19, 2013
Reply by Jeremy Main

Rick Long and Friends!

Rick Long has some wonderful MP3 recordings I'd like to share. He also has a bit of advice that I think is important for all of us.  Let me…

Started by Donna Malus

6 Jan 11, 2013
Reply by Jeremy Main

Rick Long and Friends continued

Here are the other three!

Started by Donna Malus

0 Jan 6, 2013

figured it out!

here's me on my new bp from Unicorn Strings (second-hand at least, 2003 model): o…

Started by julie stiles

0 Dec 27, 2012

Ode to Joy with harmony

Here's a recording of my teacher, Dona Benkert and I playing Ode to Joy (see the Sheet Music of the Month) Dona played the melody and I pla…

Started by Donna Malus

1 Dec 20, 2012
Reply by julie stiles

Psaltery Sounds by Rick Long

Found this video searching for bowed psaltery items. This is an art video but credit is given to Rick Long for the "psaltery sounds" Rick,…

Started by Donna Malus

6 Aug 3, 2012
Reply by Dave Holeton


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!

Featured Song

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featured sheet music!

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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