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What I'm up to on YouTube

After making some Bowed Psaltery videos for YouTube of Danish/Scandinavian tunes I musically traveled to Briton and now on to Latvia where I'm learning about their amazing history and musical heritage. 

Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on December 21, 2022 at 11:58pm — No Comments

looking for some information please

 I would like to know if you know of someone (reliable who will restring an alto or tenor psaltery.

I restrung an alto a while back and it eventually came out nicely, I found it to be a frustration I prefer not to repeat.

I have 2 other alto's.  Can one be restrung to become a tenor?  

I play for hobby and am 72 with arthritic hands.  I switched from mt. dulcimer to psaltery because my hands don't always cooperate anymore.  I frequently play my soprano psaltery but am…


Added by Teri Nolet on December 8, 2022 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Bow, Bow, Bow, Beau?

"Streichpsalter" Translated into English as BOWED Psaltery, Streich in German specifically refers to dragging or drawing or scraping where as the English word Bowed also refers to Bowing before lords, idols, pressure, etc., a Bow tied in a ribbon as well as the Bow of a boat. Archet is French for “small arch” which does a better job of describing the bow itself. Hence "Psalterion a' Archet"- which is any member of that family of musical instruments usually plucked, strummed, or struck…


Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on July 31, 2022 at 8:16am — No Comments

Ancient Chinese Bowed Psaltery Relative

An ancient version of the Bowed Psaltery played with a bow or rosined wooden stick is called a the Qingzhou cuoqin 青州挫琴 (rubbed zither) from Shandong, see a short video of it played at... ChiaChina                                                                                         Please see my "Bowed Psaltery Related Instruments" playlist for more videos about this and other instruments.

Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on May 26, 2022 at 8:30am — No Comments

Why I haven't been adding my videos here...

  Just want to explain that I still appreciate the importance of Psaltery Strings, thank you Donna Malus, for all your years of maintaining THE community site for Bowed Psaltery Players world wide to join and participate at. A major focus of my Bowed Psaltery activities for the last five years has been making lots of Bowed Psaltery YouTube videos, over 600! If I put up every video here at Psaltery Strings I would constantly be pushing Nozomi's and other Bowed Psaltery players videos out of…


Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on January 15, 2022 at 8:41am — No Comments

Folk week

hi all

In just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.


Added by bob pryor on July 28, 2021 at 1:39am — No Comments

New Psaltery

My new psaltery came yesterday. Song of the Wood from Jerry Read Smith. Book matched Western Red Cedar top, maple frame and cherry back. Right around 2 pounds for 2.5 octaves. Beautiful instrument and sounds sweet from top to bottom. :) Exactly what I was looking for. …


Added by Stephen Ingraham on January 8, 2021 at 4:25am — 1 Comment

Thank You All at the Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

I, too, had a GREAT TIME joining in Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering.  I would like to thank the instructors for their suggestive workshops and wonderful performances at the concert, and those who made extraordinary effort technically to make this event happen. 

Since I joined East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering last year, it is a big support for me to know there is a very friendly and supportive bowed psaltery playing community in the U.S.A. and it is a great pleasure for me to…


Added by Nozomi Nose on December 13, 2020 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

2020 Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

I am having a good time! Attended three workshops today. All three were taught by Tish Westman. I am so glad that I did this. It is much easier for me to be enthusiastic about music in a supportive musical community. It makes a HUGE difference in counteracting all the negativity I have been fed over the years about my musical abilities.

Added by Mary Megrant on December 11, 2020 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

My new “vintage” bowed psaltery

I bought a “vintage” bowed psaltery from a gentleman in South Carolina via It is a Brent Clark made in 1994...and looks almost exactly like a Noteworthy psaltery...except that it is walnut both front and back. 32 stings, alto. I unstrung it, cleaned it up, and restrung it with a set of multiple gauge guitar strings...probably heavier than I needed, but I did not know any better at the time. It is now settling after its first tuning. :) Though I learned a lot already in setting it…


Added by Stephen Ingraham on November 25, 2020 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments

New Strings?

Where can I buy new strings for my psaltery?

Added by Liese Alexandra Connell on November 14, 2020 at 7:23am — No Comments

App that as a psaltery ringtone

I don't know if you are aware of it but in the ringtone app with Google play store there is Musical Instruments Free 

 Best Ringtones apps

In their strings they have Psaltery one with a photo of bowed Psaltery but they pocket it but they also have Dulcimer both hammer and strum I use the strum I like the song Whiskey Before Breakfast. If you are interested check out the app maybe the members can get…


Added by Mouth Bow on September 17, 2020 at 3:29pm — No Comments

We are safely back in Japan

So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan.

So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to…


Added by Nozomi Nose on October 31, 2019 at 3:54am — 2 Comments

Nozomi Nose Coming To ETBPG!

 Its very exciting news that Nozomi Nose, the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world, is flying all the way from Japan to attend and perform at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering Oct.24 - 26! I'm planning on driving there from California rather than fly so I can bring more instruments and gear, there is a camp ground right there in the park and a wide range of Motels nearby. Please see "EVENTS" here on Psaltery Strings for more information. 

Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on October 6, 2019 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

"Bowed Psaltery Arrive Early At Evart Michigan Dulcimer Funfest"

 Hi fellow Bowed Psaltery enthusiasts! I'm suggesting people arrive as early as they can for the Original Dulcimer Players Funfest at Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart Michigan July 18, 19, & 20 2019. I will be there the weekend before and other campers are beginning to arrive so jamming gets under way with more people showing up all the time. There has been increasing interest in the Bowed Psaltery at ODPF and this year we are hoping for a even bigger Bowed Psaltery presence! Camping…


Added by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments


anyone have tab they care to share for:  I can’t help falling in love with you? 

Added by Darrell Atkins on April 1, 2019 at 4:15pm — No Comments

lonesome psaltery?

I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring.  We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business ( ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…


Added by SUE C WHEELER on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

Sheet music for "A Walk beside the Placid Waters"

The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:

It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass

Added by Ron Zuckerman on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Magic of Evart

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…


Added by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm — No Comments

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

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featured sheet music!

Clergy's Lamentation




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Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

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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

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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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