Debra Burrell's Discussions (17)

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"Videos of this instrument are at…"

Debra Burrell replied Jan 10, 2015 to used Unicorn Strings psaltery for sale

1 Jan 10, 2015
Reply by Debra Burrell

"I think much depends on previous music background and what we get used to. I started…"

Debra Burrell replied Sep 29, 2014 to Note Position Markers

34 Sep 29, 2014
Reply by Paul Sykes

"Great ideas, and I appreciate your help.  I'll try to post a photo or video after th…"

Debra Burrell replied Jul 2, 2014 to Bowed Psaltery Renaissance Faire Repertoire

10 Jul 2, 2014
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

"Gregg, thank you for your helpful suggestions. I plan to play at the Alabama Renaiss…"

Debra Burrell replied Jul 2, 2014 to Bowed Psaltery Renaissance Faire Repertoire

10 Jul 2, 2014
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

"Try the high notes light and slow, and make sure they're well rosined."

Debra Burrell replied Nov 14, 2013 to High "A" problem

8 Nov 19, 2013
Reply by Dave Holeton

"I have a Unicorn Strings, psaltery, too.  The highest few notes can all seem a littl…"

Debra Burrell replied Nov 14, 2013 to High "A" problem

8 Nov 19, 2013
Reply by Dave Holeton

"I play for a nursing home twice a month as a volunteer for a local hospice.  I play…"

Debra Burrell replied Nov 12, 2013 to psaltery christmas

11 Nov 13, 2013
Reply by Dave Holeton

"It's about time I updated this discussion I started.  I did buy a Rick Long Ringing…"

Debra Burrell replied Sep 27, 2013 to adjusting to a second bowed psaltery

6 Sep 27, 2013
Reply by Debra Burrell

"Mine is the 30 string, 2 &1/2 octave Celtic model.  I've had it nearly 3 years a…"

Debra Burrell replied Sep 27, 2013 to Unicorn players chime in please!!

18 Oct 4, 2013
Reply by Dave Holeton

"Another opportunity to play the psaltery in Birmingham, AL is monthly with the South…"

Debra Burrell replied Jan 1, 2013 to Psaltery Jams

31 May 11, 2015
Reply by Dawn Wilson


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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Clergy's Lamentation




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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
Melbourne, FL

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

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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