West Virginia
Learn To Play The Bowed Psaltery
If you’ve always wanted to play the bowed psaltery but never found the time, you’re in luck! Join us for expert instruction on this easy-to-learn instrument. You’ll be a pro in no time!
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Program No. 20062RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The bowed psaltery is one of the easiest instruments to learn. No fingering, just bowing. It's haunting and beautiful sound is somewhat reminiscent to that of a violin. The bowed psaltery is triangular in shape, allowing each string to extend a little farther than the one before it, so that each can be individually bowed. There is no need to know music, you will learn the basics while in class. You do not have to bring an instrument, we will have plenty of instruments available to borrow. Come and enjoy learning to play a new instrument!
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn hands-on techniques from a professional artist, and spend hours in the studio perfecting your craft.
  • Enjoy evening entertainment as a group, including a covered bridges field trip, or take advantage of free studio time.
  • Be inspired by the picturesque and tranquil backdrop of the Appalachian foothills and four peaceful lakes, and explore the area’s historic covered bridges, a two-story log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Tish Westman
In 1990, Tish Westman moved to West Virginia with her husband Greg, leaving behind their careers to find a more relaxed lifestyle. Tish discovered the music of the Bowed Psaltrey, while traveling and working at craft festivals, and began building them shortly thereafter. In July of 2001, Tamarack invited Tish and Greg to become their resident wood workers and build Bowed Psaltries on site. Today, Tish teaches music workshops and has released a CD of Bowed Psaltrey music.
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