Bonnie Blue Crouse
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At 3:59pm on October 8, 2017, JO said…
Like you, I enjoy the sound. It was nice to receive your comment.
At 7:48pm on October 5, 2017, JO said…
Thank you, im just starting
At 5:34pm on October 5, 2017, Catherine moore said…
Thank you!
At 1:22pm on March 29, 2017, Jeanne Thomas said…

Thank you for the welcome, Bonnie!  I'm having a good challenge learning the notes for each string at this phase!

At 8:50am on March 20, 2017, Amy Gavin-Zachek said…


Thanks for the welcome.   I just printed my first tab of the month.  I really like the notes being named. It should make it so much easier to play since my site reading is slow.  

At 6:04am on February 10, 2017, David Perkins said…

Hi Bonnie

I just got an alto psaltery from James Jones.  Just need to learn to play it!


At 8:49pm on January 19, 2017, Jim Yates said…

Thank you Bonnie.  I have not been here for a long time, but an email about an unwelcome visitor reminded me about this site.  I will have to make some contributions.
My sister-in-law, Linda was playing my wife, Maggie's psaltery at a family reunion and fell in love with it.  My brother, Gary, got out his tools about a decade ago and Linda is now a psaltery player.

At 4:58pm on January 2, 2017, Pam Snyder said…

Thanks for the welcome. I have wanted a psaltry for so long and my husband finally got the message this christmas. Looking forward to learning the instrument. love the sound!  The only musical background I have are piano lessons 45 + years ago. This will be a challange!

At 11:04am on December 13, 2016, Mary Clare said…

Thanks very much for the kind welcome! :)

At 6:55am on December 10, 2016, Deborah Hart said…

Thank you Bonnie.Can you recommend a good music book for the psaltery, other than the one that came with my Unicorn Strings psaltery?I love gospel, folk and Celtic tunes.I am no musician! The simpler the better for this. Old girl.


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