Music for the Bowed Psaltery

Sample of music arranged specifically for the bowed psaltery.


Donna Malus of has become an expert at arranging music for the bowed psaltery.
She shares her talent with us.
At the forum for bowed psaltery players, Donna has a discussion section called Sheet Music of the Month.
Her latest song arrangement is Waltzing Matilda. I can’t wait to try that one out!
She’s also arranged songs like Ode to Joy and Childgrove.
Childgrove is an English folk tune. Once you’ve heard it, it will become a favorite.
What is so good about these song arrangements is that in addition to being made especially for the bowed psaltery, lots of extras are provided.
  • sheet music with harmony,
  • audio of the music played at normal speed
  • audio at a slower speed


And with the inexpensive starter instrument sold here, you have no excuse not to play!

So what’s in this book?

Have you been wondering what will be in this book?

  • Why Rosin a Bow?
  • Holding the Bow
  • Holding the Instrument
  • Playing a String or How to Make it Stop Squealing
  • Types of Bows
  • Tuning a Bowed Psaltery
  • Left-Handed Players
  • Marking Your Strings
  • Counting the Music or How to Fake Reading It
  • Playing By Ear
  • Playing Harmony or Accompanying a Singer
  • Do I have to Play Special Music?
  • Tunes to Get You Started