Janet Thompson
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  • Delta, PA
  • United States
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Oct 13, 2013. 1 Reply

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putting one back togeather

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindi Zechman Oct 29, 2012. 8 Replies

So I got called greedy by the one person I know, who knows what a psaltery is.   I came upon another little psaltery by G. Kelisheck.. and purchased it. So I have two of his now. both are tiny little…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
historical reenactors
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Kelischeck Historical Instruments
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
1 year
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
looking for info on the web

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At 1:30pm on April 29, 2013, Evelyn L Abston said…

Hi Janet;

How wonderful you were able to use the Psaltery for healing. There definitely are many vibrations occurring when you play one string and then start layering the tones with each note you play. In the church I belong to Science of mind, we use what we call affirmative prayers. The process is a little different in that we are declaring that what we are praying for is already happening right now and know that we see it manifested in our physical lives at the perfect time. The music I write are musical prayers that the body feels in the vibrations when you hear the music and even more powerful when you sing. I want to learn more about what you are doing. There are more hospitals that are open to "alternative healing" I want to be a part of this. 

At 5:23pm on May 22, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 5:17pm on May 22, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Janet! Please feel free to post, comment and ask questions. Most importantly enjoy the site and visit often!



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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.

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