Kato Makoto
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  • Japan
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"2017.7.2 Toride Concert"
Jul 7
SUE C WHEELER commented on Kato Makoto's video

フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"I will try to relax, too, and let my arm weight help. That is something else I heard when taking cello lessons. If I could just combine all the tips I've learned from my head to my hands! As always, I appreciate your responses!"
Aug 22, 2016
Nozomi Nose commented on Kato Makoto's video

フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"Thank you, Sue!  What I am doing is that I try to relax and lay the weight of my arm and bow on every note I play so that all the notes of the tune sound fully and properly, however fast the tune goes.  "
Aug 22, 2016
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Aug 21, 2016
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フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"Nozomi, I enjoy all of your music very much. Your dedication and work is very apparent. ~Brenda"
Aug 20, 2016
Nozomi Nose commented on Kato Makoto's video

フィッシャーズ ホーンパイプ Fishers Hornpipe プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"Thank you Brenda!  I try to keep playing the tunes after I posted the videos on YouTube and here so that I can keep them as my repertoire, and hopefully I can play them better.  But it's getting difficult, because the more videos I…"
Aug 20, 2016
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Aug 11, 2016
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Aug 11, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on Kato Makoto's video
Aug 11, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on Kato Makoto's video
Aug 11, 2016
Brenda Mangan commented on Kato Makoto's video

小フーガ Fugue in G minor BWV 578 J.S.Bach プサルタリー&ギター“SoLa”

"I love to see the bowed psaltery in a more formal concert setting. Very lovely. Thank you for sharing this with us."
Aug 11, 2016
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Aug 10, 2016
Kato Makoto posted a status
"最新のPsaltery は、後ろを50㎜の幅で下まで開けて音響板を挟んでみました。音は、C7~C3~E1までです。ConBassまで音が出るようになりました。"
Aug 10, 2016

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I found one in a music shop selling the musical instrument used in the meadieval times.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I built the bowed psaltery by my self.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Over 10 years
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Yes. My wife , Kawamura Sinobu(川村しのぶ) and I(加藤 誠) play as a duo named the ensemble SoLa.
My wife plays the bowed psaltery and I play the guitar for the most part.
Nose Nosomi(能勢 希) and Tanezaki Riko(種崎莉子) are also the members of the ensemble SoLa.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Yes. My wife,too.

The Japan Association for Spreading Psaltery

Kato Guitar and Psaltery School
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Searching the web

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At 8:16pm on February 1, 2013, Dave Holeton said…


I'm glad to see you joined the Psaltery Strings website.  Please update us from time to time on the psaltery activities in Japan.

Thank You


At 12:38am on January 31, 2013, Erich C. said…

Hallo und ein Willkommensgruss aus Deutschland  -

Don't worry, that was a welcome greeting in my native language German. Even though our American friends have cultivated the art of playing and acceptance of this lovely instrument, it is nice to see that bowed psaltery playing and appreciation is growing in other parts of the world too :-)

At 2:49pm on January 25, 2013, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 8:41am on January 25, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Makoto-san!

We are honored that you have joined us here. Please share videos, pictures and information freely. Visit us often. I hope you enjoy what we have shared. 


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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
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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

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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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