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bach on bowed psaltery?

Know anyone whose tried Bach Cello Suites on bowed psaltery?

Started by SUE C WHEELER

0 Feb 4

Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand

My family was given a lovely Westman Soprano psaltery at the same time that we were ordering a James Jones Alto. Both are right-handed inst…

Started by Beth Folkemer

3 Feb 18, 2017
Reply by Brenda Mangan

bow problems

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…

Started by bob pryor

3 Dec 19, 2016
Reply by bob pryor

Questions from a Newbie

I had meant to be playing a psaltery months ago but fell and broke my shoulder and tore the rotator cuff so am just now getting back to nor…

Started by Frances Bercher

10 Oct 13, 2016

posting videos

How do I post a video? My dear daughter shot me decently, though my performance is imperfect. But I wanted to show you all. But I am going…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

1 Aug 20, 2016
Reply by Brenda Mangan

Article on the Westman's G…

Started by Rick Long

0 Aug 6, 2016

note printout?

my friend has a 22 string soprano psaltery. I'm looking for a note printout for her to put under the strings. Any ideas? this is a 2009 Ric…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

0 May 25, 2016

Tune Learning YouTube Site: " Fabio Vetro"

  Fabio Vetro teaches tunes in English and Italian playing the same tune on Ocarina, keyboard, Recorder, and sometimes Penny Whistle slowly…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

2 May 11, 2016
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

"Folk Tune Finder" Web Site

  As a musician who does not read music I do find "Folk Tune Finder" ...  a very helpful site. A given tune, you n…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

1 Apr 1, 2016
Reply by Brenda Mangan

suggested books

Ok.I don't read music at all.So I'm interested in learning,but I wouldn't know where to begin.Is there any books I could get to learn how t…

Started by Bubba Jordan

5 Mar 12, 2016
Reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher


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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


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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
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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  

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Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
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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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