Psaltery Pstudents

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Latest Activity: Aug 24, 2021

Links to Psaltery Pstudents Lessons and Beginner Resources

Discussion Forum

practicing tips?

Started by SUE C WHEELER. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Jun 30, 2017. 5 Replies

Online Instruction

Started by S. Oravec. Last reply by Bonnie Blue Crouse Jan 25, 2016. 7 Replies

Question on chords or notes

Started by Bubba Jordan. Last reply by Tish Westman Aug 23, 2015. 10 Replies

Bowing technique question

Started by Ruth Lawrence. Last reply by Bonnie Blue Crouse Jul 30, 2014. 2 Replies

How do you know what key your psaltry is tuned to???

Started by nancy Carlzen. Last reply by nancy Carlzen Aug 16, 2011. 8 Replies

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Comment by Tish Westman on May 3, 2015 at 7:14pm

Ok Marina Jardeau, Simple Gifts is on our website as the 9n Song of the Month.

Comment by Marina Jardeau on May 3, 2015 at 1:38pm

Why cannot I FIND Simple Gifts Sheet Music? Pls assist me!

Comment by Jan Jones on April 29, 2015 at 9:37pm
Thank you Bonnie. I've heard of white horse hair bows, black horse hair bows, synthetic bows, thin horse hair bows or thicker and using violin bows. Just wanted to get the opinions of some of the more experienced players on what they like and why.
Comment by Bonnie Blue Crouse on April 28, 2015 at 5:04pm

Everyone I've heard says to use horse hair. Any music store can sell you some or you can buy it online.

Comment by Jan Jones on April 28, 2015 at 3:14pm
What is the best kind of hair for the bow? What are the differences? I assume the sound would be different. What do you suggest?
Comment by Mary Gass on November 30, 2014 at 5:50pm
I have a Unicorn Strings psaltery that has a broken string (courtesy of my son 10 years old and into everything). Now I need to change the string and I'm a little overwhelmed because these are not ball end strings, it involves 2 notes somehow. Has anyone ever changed a string on one of these? I bought the BP used and it didn't come with instructions. Please help if you can!
Thx in Advance, Mary (the newbie:)
Comment by sam willliams on April 14, 2014 at 4:22pm

if anyone knows robin hafferty she is a member and only lives about10 miles from me, I would like to have her telephone number I would like to see if i could play the psaltery with her. 

Comment by Gene Griner on April 6, 2014 at 5:28pm
Does anyone in this group have a Jon Williams " Angel Wing Harp? If so please email me off the list and lets share harp info. Also if you have one for sale let me know. My email address is
Comment by Tish Westman on March 8, 2014 at 3:43pm

Marina, I have Simple Gifts done in our Noted Note and will put it up on our website for free.  The other song you mentioned by Peter, Paul and Mary, I think is under copyright so we can't do that one for you.

Comment by Marina Jardeau on March 8, 2014 at 1:49am

I asked The Westman folks about the Noted note sheet music.

I eagerly await his reply..Meantime: Anyone else have any info?

Greatly Appreciate!


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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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Clergy's Lamentation




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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

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

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