Deborah, I am far from the most accomplished BP player - I, too, am an "old girl" who needs help - so perhaps that makes this answer helpful to you. In response to your question about books, check out www.westmaninstruments.com for Tish & Greg Westman's resource page. They are makers of wonderful bowed psalteries but they they also produce very nice music books. Their arrangements use the copyrighted "Noted Note" form that makes it possible for people to pay even when they do not read music. Their bowed psaltery music books are perfect for enthusiasts like me. I have several of theirs including Gospel. Check them out.
Dona Benkert -
Illinois Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247 http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/
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.
1-304-575-0998 email@example.com www.westmaninstruments.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://upontheharp.com
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.