Brenda Ruth Fisher
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  • Cottageville, WV
  • United States
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Online music lessons

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gretchen Feb 1, 2017. 1 Reply

I started online lessons with Celeste Ray. via google hangout . It really amazes me that I can set in my home in WV and get lessons from CA. Isnt technology great. In just two weeks she has me…Continue


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Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Keys
"If you are right handed, the sharps and flats that you need for the different keys are on the left. Keu of G has only F#, D has C# and F# , keu of C has no sharps or flats etc"
May 25
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion Dead Strings
"I had a similar problem when I switched to a tackier rosin. When I switched back to normal rosin the problem went away.  You may want o clean those strings in case they have oil from you hands on them. Then get a new coat of rosin on those…"
Jul 25, 2018
Brenda Ruth Fisher posted an event

Cabin Fever Weekend Psaltery with Tish Westman at Cedar Lakes Conference Center

February 16, 2018 at 6pm to February 18, 2018 at 3pm
DetailsA fun filled weekend of learning about and how to play this historical instrument. A psaltery is a stringed musical instrument, appearing in many different forms and styles throughout history. On some psalteries the strings were plucked, on others they were struck, and still others they were bowed. Plucked psalteries are probably of the oldest variety of psaltery, being very similar to a small harp or zither.Cost for this class is $143.10 with Holt lodging and food packages available.…See More
Feb 9, 2018
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Gene Griner's discussion Builder Info Wanted
"I found a Randy Colby listed as assistant Luthier in Loveland, Co to Medeiors Music. Hope this helps"
Feb 3, 2018
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion practicing tips? in the group Psaltery Pstudents
"I would like to learn more about the scales and techniques you use. I am a visual person and would like to have some exercises to improve my dexterity with using 2 bows."
Jun 27, 2017
Gretchen replied to Brenda Ruth Fisher's discussion Online music lessons
"Brenda-will ask you about this when I see you in Beckley. Just made my hotel reservation. I am so excited!!"
Feb 1, 2017
Gretchen left a comment for Brenda Ruth Fisher
"Looking forward to the symphony. See you there:)"
Jan 31, 2017
Brenda Ruth Fisher commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"Road to Lisdoonvarna" on Bowed Psaltery with two bows

"I love watching and listening to your videos. You hardly seem to move your hands???? Do you have any recommended practice drills for folks learning to play with 2 bows"
Jan 31, 2017
Brenda Ruth Fisher posted a discussion

Online music lessons

I started online lessons with Celeste Ray. via google hangout . It really amazes me that I can set in my home in WV and get lessons from CA. Isnt technology great. In just two weeks she has me working on playing with two bows. I am really thrilled. I will add additional updates as we progress.See More
Jan 29, 2017
Brenda Ruth Fisher posted a status
"I am looking for sheet music for "My Home Among the Hills by E.W James. Can anyone help?"
Apr 20, 2016
SUE C WHEELER commented on Brenda Ruth Fisher's status
Mar 13, 2016
SUE C WHEELER commented on Brenda Ruth Fisher's status
"I don't know the tune, but I did a little exploring. Might it also be know as "Dash to Portobello?" I found this: Always fun to find music!"
Mar 13, 2016
Brenda Ruth Fisher posted a status
"Looking for music for The Gael from the Last of the Mohicans. What i have found so far is very advanced."
Mar 12, 2016
Brenda Ruth Fisher joined Grace Thompson's group
Mar 12, 2016
Brenda Ruth Fisher replied to Bubba Jordan's discussion suggested books
"I am learning to read music also. I found a good source of information on youtube. It is called music education for all. Their segments on learning to count music was very helpful"
Mar 12, 2016
Bubba Jordan left a comment for Brenda Ruth Fisher
"Welcome to Psaltery Strings Brenda"
Feb 8, 2016

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Arts & Crafts Fair
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Westman Instruments
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
3 mths
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Not at this point
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?

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At 3:05pm on January 31, 2017, Gretchen said…

Looking forward to the symphony. See you there:)

At 5:04pm on February 8, 2016, Bubba Jordan said…
Welcome to Psaltery Strings Brenda
At 9:14am on February 7, 2016, Bubba Jordan said…
Welcome to Psaltery Strings Brenda
At 5:59pm on February 6, 2016, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 1:53pm on February 6, 2016, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Brenda!


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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms


Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata


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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

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