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Help from dulcimer players!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Peel Dec 29, 2014. 4 Replies

I know there are several of my fellow BP players out there who also play the Appalachian style dulcimer. A friend of mine is considering buying one, but he'd like to know if they are easy to play?…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus May 31, 2011. 1 Reply

I can't make the new Member Map page function... all I see is a blank box, does anyone else have this problem?

Bow holding

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Oct 12, 2010. 18 Replies

Looking at the photos and videos on this site, there seems to be a big variation in how people hold their bows. Some hold them at the end, like a violin bow (as I do) and others hold them in the…Continue

Sliding note technique?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy Main Mar 9, 2012. 3 Replies

On watching the Unicorn Strings demo video I noticed the player using a technique to do a downward run of notes which I can't figure out. It's most noticeable during the excerpt from the Sugar Plum…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
At a medieval music festival
Who built your bowed psaltery?
John Ball of Pevensey, East Sussex
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Not yet!
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Search on Google.

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At 8:02pm on October 4, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hello Simon! Welcome to Psaltery Strings. We hope you enjoy the site and visit often. Please feel free to post, add comments and ask questions.

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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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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

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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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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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