Psaltery Teachers (10)

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total newbie, looking for online lessons if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks

Started by Rick Tardiff

1 Feb 6
Reply by Gretchen

Portlnd Oregon

Hi, my name is Kite Giedraitis and I've been playing the bowed psaltery since the 80's. I'm a multi-instrumentalist, but the psaltery was m…

Started by Kite Giedraitis

0 Feb 23, 2022

New students welcome!

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a wi…

Started by Karen B

0 Dec 8, 2017

Online music lessons

I started online lessons with Celeste Ray. via google hangout . It really amazes me that I can set in my home in WV and get lessons from CA…

Started by Brenda Ruth Fisher

1 Feb 1, 2017
Reply by Gretchen

My Latest Videos

 Especially since going to East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering I have been making more videos. As a musician I was quite used to playin…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

1 Nov 28, 2016
Reply by Brenda Mangan

Taking on a student

I have invited a lovely,musically inclined twenty-something to come over and meet my bowed psalteries on Thursday. I have an overt agenda:…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

4 Jul 5, 2016
Reply by Janet Pohl

Teachers List

 Hi Donna and everyone! Please add me to the Teachers list-though I'm always excited to visit and play with any other bowed psaltery player…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Aug 20, 2013

List of Psaltery Instructors updated October 2013

Gregg Schneeman - California contact Gregg here Gregg Schneeman's Psaltery Strings Page   Peter Tommerup - California San Francisco Bay Are…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Nov 11, 2012
Reply by Donnalee D-M

Southeastern Connecticut

I help lead a bowed psaltery group in the southeastern section of Connecticut.  Our psaltery group as a whole is called the Bowed Psaltery…

Started by Melodye Whatley

8 Apr 14, 2012
Reply by Melodye Whatley

Does anyone in upstate NY (Adirondack Mtns.) play the psaltery?

I live in Mayfield, NY in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains near the Great Sacandaga Lake and would like to get in touch with someo…

Started by Linda Ferenz

3 Sep 28, 2011
Reply by Charlie Marshall


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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


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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