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Gretchen replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion a treasure of PDF possibilities
"Donna, thank you for host of new sources for music.  Gretchen"
Dec 6, 2016
Gretchen commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"The Swallow Tail Jig" on Bowed Psaltery

"Thank you, Gregg & Jean. This websitet is an incredible source.   I've been looking up songs all evening. I have been so impressed with the generosity of psaltery players."
Oct 16, 2016
Gretchen commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"The Swallow Tail Jig" on Bowed Psaltery

"Brenda,  thanks for the info. I didn't notice the source info. I've downloaded the music. Now I have to learn it."
Oct 15, 2016
Gretchen commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's video

"The Swallow Tail Jig" on Bowed Psaltery

"Gregg, I love to watch you play. Would you share the sheet music for the Swallowtail Jig? "
Oct 15, 2016
"Sue, I love hearing about your adventures with your psaltery. You were an inspiration at Cedar Lake in 2015. "
Oct 13, 2016
Gretchen posted a status
"Sue, I was the one who drove you crazy. I had no musical knowledge. I've improve ever-so-slightly:)"
May 5, 2016
SUE C WHEELER left a comment for Gretchen
"Now I can picture you--it was the New Jersey address! I'm glad to learn you're keeping up with playing the psaltery!"
May 5, 2016
Gretchen replied to Donna Malus's discussion Sheet Music for June 2011 - Suo Gan
"I have always found this tune lovely but haunting. Now I am learning to play it. Thank you for posting the music."
Apr 19, 2016
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey left a comment for Gretchen
"Welcome to Psaltery Strings Gretchen, have fun!"
Apr 12, 2016
Bonnie Blue Crouse left a comment for Gretchen
Apr 11, 2016
Gretchen updated their profile
Apr 11, 2016
Donna Malus left a comment for Gretchen
"Welcome to Psaltery Strings Gretchen!"
Apr 11, 2016
Gretchen is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Apr 11, 2016

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Road Scholars
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Tish & Greg Westman
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
just learning
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Tish Westman

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At 2:46pm on January 31, 2017, Brenda Ruth Fisher said…

Hello Gretchen. Looking forward to seeing you at the Symphony. Three songs are posted to the site now.

At 6:25am on May 5, 2016, SUE C WHEELER said…

Now I can picture you--it was the New Jersey address! I'm glad to learn you're keeping up with playing the psaltery!

At 1:31pm on April 12, 2016, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Gretchen, have fun!

At 5:41pm on April 11, 2016, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 8:45am on April 11, 2016, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Gretchen!


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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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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

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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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