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"Bridget Yes, you can play Greensleeves on your psaltery.  One version would be to st…"

Dave Holeton replied Dec 8, 2012 to a newbie story, one you've probably heard before...

21 Dec 26, 2012
Reply by Tim Smith

"Thanks Donna and Evelyn The spreadsheet works for unwound steel strings.  To use the…"

Dave Holeton replied Dec 8, 2012 to Advice for a newbie?

62 Aug 7, 2013
Reply by Madelyn

"This So, if you want to use the spreadsheet to analyze your psaltery strings, just m…"

Dave Holeton replied Dec 5, 2012 to Advice for a newbie?

62 Aug 7, 2013
Reply by Madelyn

"I'm not sure if this has been resolved yet, but I have a spreadsheet where I have in…"

Dave Holeton replied Dec 5, 2012 to Advice for a newbie?

62 Aug 7, 2013
Reply by Madelyn

"For Donna's comment about certain keys sound/feel better, I heard Elton John say on…"

Dave Holeton replied Oct 22, 2012 to Tuning Frequencies/ A = ?

8 Oct 22, 2012
Reply by Dave Holeton

"Thanks Donna and Jeremy I especially agree with Donna about society being numb.  I t…"

Dave Holeton replied Oct 14, 2012 to Tuning Frequencies/ A = ?

8 Oct 22, 2012
Reply by Dave Holeton

"Some websites also indicate there are healing characteristics to certain frequencies…"

Dave Holeton replied Oct 13, 2012 to Tuning Frequencies/ A = ?

8 Oct 22, 2012
Reply by Dave Holeton

"Rick and Donna At least he gives credit to everyone from whom he borrowed art, sound…"

Dave Holeton replied Aug 3, 2012 to Psaltery Sounds by Rick Long

6 Aug 3, 2012
Reply by Dave Holeton

"One of the nice things about making a recording is that I can review it the next day…"

Dave Holeton replied Jun 5, 2012 to Sheet Music for June 2012 - Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon

8 Jun 7, 2012
Reply by Celeste Howard

"No objections Donna.  I hope it helps somebody else learn the tune. Dave"

Dave Holeton replied Jun 4, 2012 to Sheet Music for June 2012 - Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon

8 Jun 7, 2012
Reply by Celeste Howard


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 honey@offthewalls.us
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. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

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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