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Christmas playing

Any one playing for their church's Christmas program? Solo or in group? Yes, I'm searching for some ideas. I can do lots of tunes by ear, a…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

5 Dec 27, 2015
Reply by julie stiles

Shape note singing

Hi - I play in the UK for a West Gallery Quire who use music from the 1750's to 1850's appox.  When they sing unaccompanied they use shape…

Started by hilary ANNE hughes

2 Nov 8, 2015
Reply by hilary ANNE hughes


I have been noticing the continually growing number of people from Ohio who are becoming members of this group, and just wondering if some…

Started by Brian M Nusser

0 Oct 20, 2015

learning to read music

I have begun to teach myself to read music over the last couple of days.(Thanks to Tish Westman and our conversation here back in August ab…

Started by Bubba Jordan

2 Oct 3, 2015
Reply by Bubba Jordan

Congratulations to Spring Creek Psalteries!

I want to extend a big "congrats" to Sharon and Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries. Their beautiful psaltery took best in show at the 2…

Started by Donna Malus

0 Aug 18, 2015

Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Here are the basic melodies for three songs for the symphony, I have audio files for Barbara Allen and The Great Silkie too.  I hope to get…

Started by Donna Malus

6 Mar 5, 2015
Reply by Tish Westman

Would a Video Tripod work??!!...

I am considering purchasing a mount for my Psaltery so that it can be attached to a tripod, acting as a stand. (This might "date" me!!, but…

Started by Brian M Nusser

8 Feb 23, 2015
Reply by Charlie Marshall

The 2014 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Hi All,  I'm just back from my vacation during which I participated in the 2014 ETBPG.....the event was wonderful. Every year it gets bette…

Started by Donna Malus

5 Feb 13, 2015
Reply by Serenity

Double Bowing Technique

Hi, My second bow arrived in the mail today and I can do some basic harmonies with the two bows now. However, I'm very interested in using…

Started by Linda Hamilton

8 Jan 6, 2015
Reply by Linda Hamilton

instruction books and DVDs

Hi folks!  Finally have my new BP (2 1/2 octave from Song of the Wood) - stopped at their shop on our way down to FL for the winter.  Howev…

Started by Gail Wallace

3 Nov 21, 2014
Reply by K.Keller


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




What is Psaltery Strings worth to you?
A dollar a month?
Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

Thank you.



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

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

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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