Bowed Psaltery

The bowed psaltery is an elemental instrument which can be played immediately without special technique and experience, in the same manner as bar instruments (glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones). The simple and clear arrangement of the strings allows playing by ear quickly; familiar melodies can be played from memory, new melodies by free improvisation. Its gentle and silvery sound provides lovely accompaniment to singing and also fits well with the sound of Orff instruments.