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Type of psaltery

hi I play a 24 string instrument. I'd like a bit more range. What should I be looking for. Thanks Bob

Started by bob pryor

1 May 19, 2022
Reply by Brenda Mangan

Need a teacher close by in Myersville MD

I am trying to learn the Psaltery on my own but I am not too good at music. I really hope I can get some help. Thank you. Maria.

Started by Maria Roberts

1 Apr 22, 2022
Reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher

Double bowing

Are there any resources out there for learning to use two bows, or am I on my own? I'm not quite ready to tackle it yet; I'm still new at t…

Started by Tim Hoke

1 Jun 10, 2021
Reply by Brenda Mangan

Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery

I am seeking instructions to build or perhaps a diagram of a stand that I can put my Baritone Psaltery in.  It was built with no support in…

Started by Joyce Hibbard

11 May 16, 2021
Reply by julie stiles

Need string help

I have a Dave Lucas soprano bowed psaltery and one of the shirt high note strings snapped. Does anyone know what gauge string I need? And w…

Started by Pamela Haskin

3 Oct 4, 2019
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman


I see music for the BP written in key of D or c  - where do I locatethat on my BP? I have 20+ years of playing competitive bagpipes but the…

Started by Frances Bercher

2 May 25, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

Tuning Question

My sister and I both purchased bowed psalteries during her visit from Alaska to NC.  We started learning together, and both bought Snark tu…

Started by Cynthia Phillips

3 Apr 9, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

Need some dimensions

Bowed Psaltery friends, I have a commission to build a Bass Bowed Psaltery, something I've never built.  What are the approximate dimensio…

Started by Alan Eggleston

2 Dec 20, 2018
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

Change my profile

How do you change the CITY and STATE part of your profile? The information did not appear to be available on the MYPAGE/PROFILE page. I rec…

Started by Larry Thrasher

0 Dec 13, 2018

My latest psalteries, psaltery stands, and other accessories

 Hello everyone.  I hope you are spending a wonderful autumn season.  And I hope those who suffered from the hurricane recover from the dam…

Started by Kato Makoto

2 Sep 28, 2018
Reply by Kato Makoto


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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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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

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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.
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