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"Hello Bob, I have a 30 string by Rick Long. That makes it 2 1/2 octaves, which is a…"

Brenda Mangan replied May 19, 2022 to Type of psaltery

1 May 19, 2022
Reply by Brenda Mangan

"I teach double bowing on line using Zoom. "

Brenda Mangan replied Jun 10, 2021 to Double bowing

1 Jun 10, 2021
Reply by Brenda Mangan

"The Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake, TN, is always a wonderful time of fellows…"

Brenda Mangan replied Sep 17, 2018 to Bowed Psaltery Gathering

6 Sep 17, 2018
Reply by Brenda Mangan

"Sometimes with the very shortest strings you just need to have a VERY VERY light han…"

Brenda Mangan replied Sep 15, 2018 to Dead Strings

15 Dec 17, 2018
Reply by Frances Bercher

"Beth, Here is a video of a left-handed bower holding the psaltery "backwards" as Gre…"

Brenda Mangan replied Feb 18, 2017 to Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand

3 Feb 18, 2017
Reply by Brenda Mangan

"A new bow that has never been used yet needs to be rosined. Did your new psaltery co…"

Brenda Mangan replied Dec 18, 2016 to bow problems

3 Dec 19, 2016
Reply by bob pryor

"Hi, Betsy, welcome to psaltery strings. If you go to the "Members" tab and click the…"

Brenda Mangan replied Dec 9, 2016 to Maine players

2 Dec 9, 2016
Reply by Betsy Kopyc

"I find listening to myself playing is a very good learning tool. Sometime I do thing…"

Brenda Mangan replied Nov 28, 2016 to My Latest Videos

1 Nov 28, 2016
Reply by Brenda Mangan

"Hi, Frances, G4 is the G above middle C and F6 would be 2 octaves above that. So yes…"

Brenda Mangan replied Oct 12, 2016 to Questions from a Newbie

10 Oct 13, 2016

"Hi Frances, so glad you are well again. Personally, I have a Rick Long psaltery and…"

Brenda Mangan replied Oct 12, 2016 to Questions from a Newbie

10 Oct 13, 2016


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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 that teach Bowed Psaltery

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Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
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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

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