Psaltery Pstudents

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practicing tips?

Started by SUE C WHEELER. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Jun 30, 2017. 5 Replies

Online Instruction

Started by S. Oravec. Last reply by Bonnie Blue Crouse Jan 25, 2016. 7 Replies

Question on chords or notes

Started by Bubba Jordan. Last reply by Tish Westman Aug 23, 2015. 10 Replies

Bowing technique question

Started by Ruth Lawrence. Last reply by Bonnie Blue Crouse Jul 30, 2014. 2 Replies

How do you know what key your psaltry is tuned to???

Started by nancy Carlzen. Last reply by nancy Carlzen Aug 16, 2011. 8 Replies

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Comment by Bonnie Blue Crouse on April 4, 2011 at 5:20am
Hard to imagine anything needing to be better than a Korg. What does the SNARK do that's different?
Comment by Donna Austin on April 1, 2011 at 10:36pm

Greetings to all,

Am so excited to find this site, have been reading your comments - some great information gets passed back and forth between you all. I have been self teaching for about a year now and since I don't have a strong music background I have great hopes you will all help me be smarter!


Comment by Donna Malus on March 31, 2011 at 7:42pm

I posted this song under Children's Music, but it's a good beginner's piece.

I am sorry if there are mistakes : P   Tish, if you get a chance, look at my question there please. No rush!


Comment by Donna Malus on March 26, 2011 at 9:49am

Oh, Bonnie, Tish is so right!!!!  The entire event, though it is some amount of work : ), is just fun, fun, fun, fun, and did I mention it's fun?

The people, the ambiance, the music, the joy of sharing....

Comment by Tish Westman on March 25, 2011 at 8:04pm
Bonnie, You shouldn't worry about your playing for the symphony.  You will have so much fun through all the workshops leading up to the performance that you will wonder what it was you were worried about.  I don't know for sure how it happens but it all comes together and works out great.  We just have fun!!!!!
Comment by Rick Long on March 25, 2011 at 10:11am

Thanks for clarifying that.  I did mean the rosin cake and not the bow hair. 

Comment by Bonnie Blue Crouse on March 25, 2011 at 9:39am

Don't roughen your bow! He's talking about roughing up the surface of the rosin a bit so more gets on the horsehair. And I'm not sure about the value in "cleaning" the strings of rosin. I thought it was supposed to build up on the strings to make the sound sweeter...

Meanwhile, I'm slogging through the pieces for the bowed psaltery symphony next month and feeling so in over my head. I trust Tish that there's a place for beginners in the performance. I'll be one of the drones.

Comment by Rick Long on March 25, 2011 at 8:20am
Ever feel like you aren't getting enough rosin on your bow, or it seems to be glazed over.  Take a small piece of sandpaper and roughen the surface of it.  That should get you some of that white rosin dust quickly.  This is a good tip to use on a new cake of rosin.
Comment by Rick Long on March 14, 2011 at 8:43pm
Think about your posture and how you hold the psaltery and bow while playing.  Be as relaxed as possible, if anything starts to hurt or feel uncomfortable, ask yourself what you could change to make it better.  Being comfortable, and relaxed while playing, goes a long way toward a better overall sound.
Comment by Rick Long on March 14, 2011 at 8:38pm

If you don't already have one, get an electronic tuner and learn to use it.  Great way to tune and very accurate.  Lots of different types available.  I use a Korg CA-40 with a  Korg CM100L clip-on pickup and have used the Korg brand for many years.  One thing to watch out for is to be sure it is set to 440 before you start to tune.  It should show that somewhere on the tuner screen.  If it is on another number, change it back to 440.  I had two folks having a problem with breaking strings recently.  We traced it down to that.  One had their's set on 444, which is not too far off, but enough to keep breaking the high E on their psaltery.  The other person had their set on 479.  I surprised every string didn't break, but they had caught the problem on their on own.  They told me about it when calling for advice for putting a replacement string on their new psaltery.  They had just had it for two days.

It is really easy to accidentally push the up or down arrow keys, for calibration, on these tuners.  They really should have a lock function, and then unlock it when you need to use it.  Come to think of it, maybe that's a flaw in my beloved Korg tuner :-)


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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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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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