There are Many Ways to Support the Psaltery Strings Community and ALL are Important

Hi Everyone!

There are a variety of ways that members can support their on-line communities, and support is critical to the health of the community as well as it's growth. 

The most important way to support our community is through participation, without participation the community will waste away. Another way to support the community is through recruiting new members. Do you have friends or family that might be interested? Do you know other bowed psaltery players that haven't joined us? Do you know other musicians that might have an interest, even a passing one, in the bowed psaltery? A little nudging can go a long way.

Of course there are expenses associated with running an on-line community. There are fees for the domain name, web hosting, applications such as the music player and so on. I do try to keep expenses down, but I also want this to be an entertaining, quality site.

Monetary donations are difficult to ask for and not a particularly popular choice for donation. I have posted a PayPal donation button in the right hand column of the site. PayPal is a safe and easy way to donate. However, some people prefer to purchase an item with a portion of the purchase price being donated to the community.

In this section I will list and link to those types of opportunities. Our January 2013 broadcast message provided information regarding denim shirts with bowed psaltery embroidery. Ten percent of the purchase price will be donated to Psaltery Strings.  More of these opportunities will be added in the future. I urge you to look at these opportunities bearing in mind that it is another way to keep Psaltery Strings alive and well.

Thanks to all of you for your past and future support!


The Psaltery Strings Music Book presents 50 melodies popular at traditional music gatherings. Although these traditional tunes were arranged with the Bowed Psaltery in mind, they are appropriate for all melody instruments. The sheet music is in an easy to read format, notes are labeled with their names, chords are provided and drone notes are suggested. Basic information related to reading sheet music is provided for those who would like to learn a little more about it.

The purchase price minus the cost of the book will be used to support the Psaltery Strings Community.  If you are interested in a volume purchase please contact me.

Song List - Amazing Grace, America the Beautiful, Angeline the Baker, Arran Boat Song, The Ashgrove, Auld Lang Syne, Barbara Allen, Bonnie Doon, Boulavogue, Childgrove, Cluck Old Hen, Dark Island, Down by the Sally Garden, Down in the Valley, Eleanor Plunkett, Grandfather's Clock, Greensleeves, House of the Rising Sun, I'll Fly Away, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, Little LIza Jane, Loch Lomand, Londonderry Aire, Long, Long Ago, The Minstrel Boy, Mississippi Sawyer, Moonshiner, Music Alone Shall Live, Ode to Joy, Old Joe Clarke, The Parting Glass, Pretty Saro, Red River Valley, Red Wing, The Road to Lisdoonvarna, Rock of Ages, Rosin the Beau, Scarborough Faire, Shebeg and Shemore, Shenandoah, Shortnin Bread, Skye Boat Song, Southwind, The Star of the County Down, Suo Gan, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, The Water is Wide, Wayfaring Stranger, Westphalia Waltz, What do you do with a Drunken Sailor Buy Now style 2 button

$16.96 plus shipping & handling


Touchwood Designs offers attractive denim shirts for men and women, with a variety of embroidery options. One option is a bowed psaltery on the back of the shirt and a Psatlery Strings logo on the front.

They have generously offered to donate 10% of the purchase price to Psaltery Strings when a shirt with the Bowed Psaltery/Psaltery Strings design is purchased.

Take a couple minutes to check out their web site and their products!


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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