Harp Guitar Gathering 13: Friday Night Banquet and Open Mic

If SB and I took cuts in the dinner line (and I’m not saying we did), it was because we had to finish so we could get the evening’s festivities going with our first-time host, Randall Sprinkle! After the introductions (including announcing the next two Gathering dates), we got right into our Open Mic party.  […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering 13: A First Timer’s Experience

After our pre-Gathering party introduction last week, this week’s episode is a guest blog by a Newbie to our world – Tony Barnard, who came all the way from London even though he didn’t yet have his harp guitar (he’s expecting his custom Stephen Sedgwick any week now…). Before he showed up, I didn’t know […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering 13 Pre-Party

…and we’re off! The Sprinkle family (Randall, Jayne, Noah & Caleb), our excellent hosts for the 13th annual Harp Guitar Gathering, held a small get together Thursday night for those of us who had arrived in town a day early.  Jaci and I were nearly the last ones to arrive; we had dropped off our […]

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The Harp Guitarist Friend I Never Met

No, this isn’t about Andy McKee’s song for Michael Hedges, it’s an unexpected start to my report on the 13th annual Harp Guitar Gathering (TM). I know some of you are anxious to hear about the event, see photos, get the inside scoop and all that (folks have been throwing stuff up on Facebook here […]

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New Harp Guitar Players, Builders and Music, Part 2

My last major blog caught us up (more or less) on new contemporary harp guitar players, luthiers and music. Today’s blog focuses on the past, although today’s “historical music” practitioners occasionally include a modern twist! The current group falls into these general categories (from my own interpretations, not necessarily theirs): •“Early Romantic Guitar” period instruments […]

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Harp Guitar Stakes on a Plane

I’m speaking of string tension and the effects of temperature (in baggage)… GOOD NEWS!  Steve Silva, the mad scientist/engineering genius who did the tension calculations on all my individual Harp Guitar Music strings had done a detailed study on this, but after triple checking for me, DID find an error in what he had originally […]

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New Harp Guitar Players, Builders and Music, Part 1

After focusing on Brin Addison 2 blogs ago, I’m now catching up on the many new players and their videos and recordings, along with a couple new builders and instruments they’re using.  This Part 1 features the larger group of “contemporary music” players.  I’ve undoubtedly missed a few as I can’t keep up with all […]

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What Are They Playing in Heaven Today?

This week’s blog is not harp guitar-related, but on a different topic I long ago became associated with: the gospel music of Washington Phillips (my title being of course a riff on one of his best-known songs). Phillips’ popularity continues to increase among musicians of all stripes, and for multiple reasons – one being the […]

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So who exactly IS Brin Addison and why is he suddenly Harp Guitarist of the Month?

You gotta love the Internet.  After all, it made a rock star of our friend Andy McKee (of course it also made a star out of Justin Bieber).  Lots of players we know have gotten some great – and sudden – PR, and the harp guitar, for better or worse, keeps getting its “15 minutes […]

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Orville’s Harp Guitars

I’m speaking of course of Orville Gibson…and the rarest of the rare: harp guitars he designed and built before the Gibson Company was even a figment of anyone’s imagination. What do we know?  Extremely little.  There is just one surviving Orville harp guitar known – but it is a doozy!   It’s his outrageous floor-standing model, […]

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