Terry Butler's Discussions (122)

Discussions Replied To (91) Replies Latest Activity

"Sue Marini said that there's a list of the songs they already play on their MARINI M…"

Terry Butler replied Oct 23, 2013 to Christmas songs - public domain.

5 Oct 23, 2013
Reply by K.Keller

"Thanks Jeremy.  The Marini family are trying to develop song books to go with their…"

Terry Butler replied Oct 23, 2013 to Christmas songs - public domain.

5 Oct 23, 2013
Reply by K.Keller

"Great idea!   I'll have to remember that one although I usually use white horse hair…"

Terry Butler replied Jan 13, 2013 to Easy bow re-tensioning

3 Jan 28, 2013
Reply by robert schuler

"That's a great start!   The more songs you learn by HEART - the easier it will be to…"

Terry Butler replied Dec 9, 2012 to a newbie story, one you've probably heard before...

21 Dec 26, 2012
Reply by Tim Smith

"Those should sound better when the strings settle in a bit.   "

Terry Butler replied Aug 4, 2012 to Plans?

35 Aug 13, 2012
Reply by Jeremy Main

"Some people try making their own.  It can be done if you can do a little woodworking…"

Terry Butler replied Aug 4, 2012 to Do you need a board between psaltery and tripod?

14 Aug 4, 2012
Reply by Tim Smith

"I meant STRIP the outer wire away from the end of the string.  Typing too fast again."

Terry Butler replied Jul 26, 2012 to Plans?

35 Aug 13, 2012
Reply by Jeremy Main

"Phosphor bronze wound strings get tuned to one octave lower than wire strings.  Rick…"

Terry Butler replied Jul 26, 2012 to Plans?

35 Aug 13, 2012
Reply by Jeremy Main

"Exactly.  You just starting HEARING where the next note is by practicing that way!  …"

Terry Butler replied Jun 13, 2012 to Video Recommendations

5 Jul 6, 2012
Reply by Frances Gill

"Both are excellent but Rick's will help a beginner more than Gregg's.  Gregg's is ex…"

Terry Butler replied Jun 11, 2012 to Video Recommendations

5 Jul 6, 2012
Reply by Frances Gill


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 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.

© 2023   Created by Donna Malus.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

To add a scrolling message to your NingBar, change this text, and add the code to your Custom Code Box. If you want, you can add simple links like this: Visit JenSocial This is a great way to make announcements to your site visitors.