Introducing…the Psaltery

Ms. Carole played the psaltery during her and Imant’s student recital. It was so neat to see this instrument up close. The psaltery is an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings which are plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum. The psaltery originated during the Medieval period, and was popular from the 12th through the 15th centuries. The strings are not marked, so one has to go from memory to know which note comes from which string. Tuning the instrument is certainly a challenge!