May 2011 Blog Posts (4)

Getting braver with every psaltery.

A couple of weeks ago I won a 30 string no name psaltery on ebay.  I'm giving my 24 string folkcraft to my 9.5 yr. old granddaughter and needed one I could tune to D.  Having 6 extra strings was a plus.  The psaltery was strange though - no notches on top of the pins for the strings to rest in - the strings just were balanced across the top!  Also the black dots were all in the wrong places.  Must have been someone's first attempt at making a psaltery or something.  Anyway, I added the notches,… Continue

Added by Terry Butler on May 30, 2011 at 11:49pm — No Comments


My solo went well, thanks for everyone's support. I still have a lot of folks in my church asking, "you play a what?", but now they at least know what it looks and sounds like!  Toward the end of July Esther and I will play together for church. That will be special. Maybe we can even convince Bob to play!

Added by Barbara Bayle on May 22, 2011 at 3:01pm — 2 Comments

A Journey of a Thousand (maybe a million) Steps

A friend of mine loves to tease and poke fun at the bowed psaltery and my playing (maybe it's more about my skills then anything else ). It's not his type of music so I get it and ultimately he is supportive of my musical endeavors.


Recently he was at the airport and heard a familiar sound wafting through the air in an underground tunnel. He looked around and saw a woman playing a bowed psaltery with a jar out for donations. He approached her and asked if her…


Added by Donna Malus on May 21, 2011 at 9:48am — 5 Comments


I am playing my psaltery alone for the first time in church this coming Sunday. Wish me luck!  Barb

Added by Barbara Bayle on May 19, 2011 at 6:32pm — 2 Comments

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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
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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
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