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Sheet Music for August 2012 - Four Seasons Winter

A big thanks to Ivan Bradley for this sheet music and MP3! If anyone would like to share sheet music or suggest tunes for the Song of the M…

Started by Donna Malus

1 Oct 26, 2015

Congratulations to Spring Creek Psalteries!

I want to extend a big "congrats" to Sharon and Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries. Their beautiful psaltery took best in show at the 2…

Started by Donna Malus

0 Aug 18, 2015

Sound clips to play along with for the Psaltery Strings Music Book - Thanks to Rick Long

For those of you who have the Psaltery Strings Music Book, Rick Long has put sound clips for each song on his web site. Practicing along wi…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Apr 1, 2015
Reply by Yvonna Arnold

Good news about Archie Smith

I was very happy to find this article about Archie Smith. If you recall, Archie cut off three fingers while building his psalteries. The do…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Jul 6, 2014
Reply by Donna Malus

Short Documentary on the Bowed Psaltery and Spring Creek Psalteries

I think this qualifies as an article on the Bowed Psaltery! It's Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries, a videographer did a short documen…

Started by Donna Malus

0 Jul 6, 2014

Sheet Music for January 2013 - The Cruel War

January 2013 already.....this months sheet music is The Cruel War. I remember hearing this as a young girl during those wonderful folk musi…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Jan 14, 2014
Reply by W H Holthaus

Sheet Music for November 2012 - Angels We Have Heard on High

Continuing in the holiday mode this month's song is Angels We Have Heard on High. Christmas tunes are fantastic on the bowed psaltery! Ange…

Started by Donna Malus

1 Nov 6, 2013
Reply by Brongaar

Really nice article about Greg Schneeman and his friend Leo Kretzner!

Follow this link to read the article.

Started by Donna Malus

0 Oct 9, 2013

Sheet Music for March 2013 - Tennessee Waltz

The sheet music for March 2013 is "Tennessee Waltz"  Bear in mind that it is not Public Domain (hard to believe) so this is for education a…

Started by Donna Malus

0 Mar 24, 2013

Sheet Music for May 2012 - Minuet in G

May's song is "Minutet in G" but many of you will remember the song from the 60's as "Lover's Concerto". I liked it then and I like it now!…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Mar 24, 2013
Reply by Brongaar


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!

Featured Song

Click on the title for the current
featured sheet music!

Clergy's Lamentation




What is Psaltery Strings worth to you?
A dollar a month?
Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

Thank you.



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

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

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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