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New students welcome!

Started Dec 8, 2017 0 Replies

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a willingness to experiment with angle for both the bow and…Continue


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New students welcome!

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a willingness to experiment with angle for both the bow and psaltery to get increasing comfort and quality sound with the instrument. I do have openings for additional students. I teach in Rockville MD. Check out my website, www.sweetstrings.biz, or message me here. See More
Dec 8, 2017

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes as of August 2012
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Dulcimer Festivals
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Tish & Greg Westman
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Starting August 2012
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Not yet
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Yes, beginning players in the Montgomery County MD area
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?

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At 8:06pm on July 20, 2012, Donna Malus said…

I think there was a discussion about bridges on psalteries, but I haven't found it yet...am taking another look before I comment!



At 7:01am on July 15, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 11:05pm on July 14, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Karen!

Don't hesitate to ask questions while you decide on your psaltery. It took me a long time to decide on my first psaltery.



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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

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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Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

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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