Barbara Bayle
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  • Turtle Creek, PA
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Tish and Greg
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Tish and Greg Westman
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Only once, at 2nd annual psaltery symphony
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Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
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Posted on May 22, 2011 at 3:01pm 2 Comments

My solo went well, thanks for everyone's support. I still have a lot of folks in my church asking, "you play a what?", but now they at least know what it looks and sounds like!  Toward the end of July Esther and I will play together for church. That will be special. Maybe we can even convince Bob to play!


Posted on May 19, 2011 at 6:32pm 2 Comments

I am playing my psaltery alone for the first time in church this coming Sunday. Wish me luck!  Barb

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At 6:06pm on August 1, 2011, Kristin W said…

Thanks for posting on my wall. I'd love to play sometime. It's one thing to play on my own and try to figure out the correct methods. But I'm sure it's WAY better to be able to learn and play with other people! I'm not in Monroeville / Turtle Creek very often. I think it's probably roughly an hour away, but it's definitely do-able. Are there many others in this area that play?

At 7:41am on April 12, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Hi Barb, I'm so glad I got to meet you, Esther has talked about you often. It was a great event and I hope to see you next year, if not before.

Thanks for joining and please feel free to post often, ask questions and comment. Keep on playing and watch out for my dear friends Esther and Bob.



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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


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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
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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

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