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"I have been booting anyone who I hear has sent spam messages. It's happening more of…"

Donna Malus replied Nov 17, 2019 to Admin?

3 Nov 17, 2019
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"I think that bowed psaltery is an instrument you love or "dislike intensely"  . At l…"

Donna Malus replied Oct 4, 2016 to Your learning to play WHAT!

9 Oct 4, 2016
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"Did your psaltery come with the notes marked or a sheet of paper you can put on it t…"

Donna Malus replied Aug 23, 2015 to suggested books

5 Mar 12, 2016
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"I think the bowed psaltery may be excellent physical and emotional therapy! Music is…"

Donna Malus replied Aug 23, 2015 to BP good therapy

4 Aug 23, 2015
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"I am not aware of anyone who is providing instructions or diagrams of their bowed ps…"

Donna Malus replied Aug 23, 2015 to Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery

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Reply by julie stiles

"phew, I'm not comfortable with modal music....I still get confused! "

Donna Malus replied Feb 21, 2015 to Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

6 Mar 5, 2015
Reply by Tish Westman

"Someone asked if The Great Silkie was in the key of G and the f notes should be flat…"

Donna Malus replied Feb 17, 2015 to Music for the 6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

6 Mar 5, 2015
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"Good to see you too Tim! I've been crazy busy with work and family but will continue…"

Donna Malus replied Jul 6, 2014 to Good news about Archie Smith

2 Jul 6, 2014
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"Hi Bob, I think the majority of folks still single bow and just for fun. Sometimes f…"

Donna Malus replied Jul 6, 2014 to wind of change

5 Jul 6, 2014
Reply by Donna Malus

"well, I sucked up the cost and haven't regretted it since!"

Donna Malus replied Jul 6, 2014 to Sheet Music for October 2013 - Clergy's Lamentation

11 Sep 7, 2019
Reply by Robert Myers


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

Click on the title for the current
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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