Diane Lair
  • Female
  • Elizabethtown, KY
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Saw one on line and also at a dulcimer festival
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Steven Stapleton
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I can play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star lol
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer web site

Diane Lair's Blog

Broke my first string, now what do I do?

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 2:54pm 1 Comment

Help!! Anyone have a video on how to change a string? I was happily playing along, then that awful sound! I did find a short video from apsimplepsaltery person on UTube but it's not clear to me on how to do it. As far as I know there isn't anyone in my town that plays a psaltery. Any help would be greatly appreciate.

Thanks in advance, Diane

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, will be on vacation

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 5:30am 1 Comment

Hello All: Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all. I'll be on vacation starting Nov 18th, not sure I'll have internet access. I think I can go 10 days with out it, lol. We'll be at the beach in Panama City Florida. I'm taking my psaltery so I can show my sister-in-law. She's going to love it.

I hope everyone has a great holiday, relaxing with friends or family and playing lots of music and of course eating! Take care and I'll log on when I get back (if not…


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At 8:47am on November 15, 2010, Trish Peek said…
Thanks for all your encouragement, Diane! I continue to practice the songs I have learned - somehow seems harder than the dulcimer to remember how to play them! I have a new one - "Parson's Farewell" - will post it..!!
At 4:32pm on November 11, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hello Diane and welcome to Psaltery Strings! We hope you enjoy the site and visit often. Please feel free to post and comment, we love pictures and videos too!!

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!

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featured sheet music!

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 honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

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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.

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