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The favorite gig

Started Dec 16, 2013 0 Replies

Wednesday afternoon is Saguaro Strummers 4th "gig" with a stroke recovery group here in Tucson. It is a real honor to join ranks with these folk again. We all have a blast with silly holiday songs…Continue

Paulownia bow

Started Nov 28, 2013 0 Replies

I just received a pair of paulownia bows from Rick Long and they are wonderful! They feel like an extension of my hand. Less "weight" than average bows so my guess they will be perfect for children…Continue

Jam in Tucson, AZ

Started Oct 16, 2013 0 Replies

In spite of all the cactus, a warm welcome is offered to snowbirds or visitors to south east Arizona.Would enjoy meeting other BP players and learning since I am novice. Could "host" around eight…Continue

1994 Rick Long soprano

Started Jul 30, 2013 0 Replies

Just saw a cedar top maple back for sale on ebay. Made 1994. Looks perfect. Starting bid $145.Not my item but thought someone here might be interested.Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
heard them over the years
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Unicorn Rick Long
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
less than a year & part time
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
a couple of times with dulcimer group
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?

K.Keller's Blog


Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:10am 3 Comments

Had a needle biopsy yesterday which indicates that I do not have cancer! Am celebrating today!!!!

Nancy Barker's sister died

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 8:50pm 0 Comments

Some of us have attended Kentucky Music Week and enjoyed bowed psaltery lessons. So you might wish to know Nancy Barker's sister Gloria J. Lewis died a few days ago. "Miss Gloria" was a well known pianist in Louisville, KY and beyond.If you know Nancy you surely respect her including instruments beyond the dulcimer so that many of us have a gathering place to learn and jam and make new musical buddies.Those Johnson girls have helped a lot us grow.

D tenor

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 5:32pm 0 Comments

I am as happy as a hog in swill -- guess that doesn't sound too inviting but my pleasure is really high! I got a new D tenor from Rick to use with local dulcimer group. Have worked with some familiar tunes using the D as a drone and found that was fun. But put on some cds this morning and used both baritone and D to play along in a very newbie fashion. Used root chords and IV and V.

It probably isn't moral for a great grandmother to have this degree of enjoyment …


new dulcimer

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 9:44pm 0 Comments

Rick Long sent a lovely baritone here the other day. Redwood and walnut. It is difficult to leave the house since I want (and need) to practice all the time.

I thought the mountain dulcimer group was helpful and am delighted to find the same generous spirit here.

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At 2:41pm on November 8, 2014, Brenda Mangan said…

Each day is a gift of love and light. I hope and pray the coming days of treatment will not be too hard on you, and will rid you of the cancer. I am very glad you are able to find some comfort in the music you find here. Many members also have youtube channels you could search out for more lovely music. I am convinced that love, laughter, and sweet music will go a long way in adding your treatment. All the best to you, Dear One.

At 2:45am on November 8, 2014, Nozomi Nose said…


I am shocked to know that you got a diagnosis of lung cancer.  I hope you will go through the treatment with as little suffering as possible and that you will get well very soon.  Take care.  Nozomi.  

At 8:44pm on November 20, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…

Thank you very much for your comment on our Turkey in the Straw video.  Nozomi

At 1:19pm on October 21, 2013, Elaine Wolfenden said…

Hi Kristi,

No I don't play any instruments which is why the bowed Psaltery appealed to me. I am really enjoying practicing and trying to remember how to read music which I learned some 30 or something years ago haha! I look forward to learning more from this site! 


At 5:58am on September 11, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…

Dear Kristi,

Thank you very much for the link of the video.  I enjoyed it very much! 


At 4:14am on July 24, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…

Dear Ms. K. Keller,

Thank you very much for your friend request. 

I hope our friendship will be enhanced through the bowed psaltery and music in general. 

Nozomi Nose

At 6:56pm on July 23, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…

Thank you very much for your comment on my video.  I do enjoy playing the tune, too.  Nozomi Nose

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At 6:37pm on July 9, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings!
I hope you enjoy the site and visit us often. Don't be shy about posting or asking questions.



Featured Video

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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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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