Psaltery Pstudents

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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 Bonnie Blue Crouse on March 6, 2014 at 4:37am

I will not attempt to call myself a serious student but this is an instrument that brings me great joy and I am always enriched when I learn something new, however modest by anyone else's comparison.

Comment by Judy Cagle on April 2, 2013 at 7:29pm

Thanks for the comments. I have one of Rick Long's D bowed psalteries. 

Comment by Dona Benkert on April 2, 2013 at 9:50am

Thanks for the comment Tish, I was just in the process of writing pretty much the same response.  I do find that higher notes do sound better bowed away from the pin also - at least on the psalteries I've tried. 

One more aspect of the clear tone is the width of the bow hair (as well as the staightness - not crossed or twisted hairs).  The thinner the bow hair, the further you can get from the pin, allowing the string to be set in vibration more evenly.  I've tried violin bows, but never liked the sound on my psaltery or any others I've tried.   My favorite bow is only 3/8" thick with the hair being less than 1/8" wide.  Since my pins have 1 3/4" between them, I have plenty of room to move for the desired sound.

Any other thoughts on this????

Comment by Tish Westman on April 2, 2013 at 8:49am

Judy, most of the time if you bow as far away from the pin the wire is coming over you will get more vibration from the wire, the lower notes especially.  The higher notes sometimes sound better if you bow closer to that pin.  It all depends on your instrument and how you bow.  There isn't a right or wrong but getting the response from the string that you desire.

Bonnie,  yes you can move within the space to create different vibrato sounds like a fast tremor or a slow wave sound.

Comment by Bonnie Blue Crouse on April 2, 2013 at 7:23am

Not sure what kind of BP you have. On all the ones I've seen, there is just enough room between the pins for the bow to slide across the string, with maybe a little wiggle room to have fun with tremor effects. Close to the pins?

Comment by Judy Cagle on April 2, 2013 at 6:49am

Being new at the bowed psaltery, I have been watching many videos.  Some say to play your bow close to the pins, others say not to.  Which should it be?

Comment by Evelyn L Abston on February 7, 2013 at 3:51pm

I am working a classical style piece for guitar and Rose, my Baritone Psaltery. I finally have a stand for her so it is a lot easier to play thank you to Rick Long for the Tripod recommendation and James Jones for building the stand for me.

Comment by Brongaar on February 7, 2013 at 3:15pm

Keeping on cracking Star Spangled Banner, and working on America the Beautiful.

Comment by Karen cotton on November 26, 2012 at 4:19pm
I'm excited Christmas is coming, carols on the psaltry are so so lovely!
Comment by Charlie Marshall on March 16, 2012 at 5:12pm

In case you missed it, I posted a message to Donna in the Forum section regarding some "Note Position Markers" that are available free of cost to the next four responders.  Take a look at the message and see if your interested in doing an evaluation on these items.

Charlie Marshall

Loonsong Psalteries


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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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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
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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

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