Archive for the ‘Historical Makers’ Category

Harp Guitar Finds Via New Newspaper Navigation

Another boon for researchers! Just the other day an AMIS pal of mine (Jayme Kurland) announced to our list-serve that the Library of Congress announced a new tool to allow the public to keyword search through historical newspapers (beginning in 1900) for images. She loved it, I love it. The LOC says “The public can […]

Eddie Peabody in Hula Heaven: Plectrum Harp Guitar Excerpt

Most readers have seen Eddie Peabody’s fascinating turn playing plectrum-style tremolo harp guitar on his Gibson Style U in Strum Fun, a clip long available on YouTube. It’s a style that virtually no one has played for decades (Matt Redman on YouTube being one of the only current practitioners). More recently, The Harp Guitar Foundation acquired […]

Dyer Harp Mandola World Domination

Well, getting there! Readers know from my book and PDF on the mandolins that there were probably just a total of five harp mandolas built by the Larsons (plus a possible prototype). 4 were ensconced in collections when the 5th turned up and I was able to snag it.  Soon after I published my article, […]

“Floating Strings” Free Online!

While I have just one last print copy available of the exhibit catalog I wrote for our Carlsbad exhibit 3 years ago, those of you who never availed yourself of a copy can now view and read the entire 64-page publication electronically. It is presented by the Museum of Making Museum on issuu.com; just ignore […]

From Russia with Love, Part 2: Museum Treasures

I suspect that few outside of Russia have seen the rare harp guitars and related instruments that I’m about to show. While there are many examples from European makers we’re already familiar with, there are more obscure treasures here, and yes, I am saving the best for last! These instruments come from two major collections: […]

From Russia with Love: Harp Guitars, Part 1

Once again, I find my music desk backlogged with towering piles of new information and images of Russian harp guitarists. In the past our Harp Guitar Gathering friend Oleg Timofeyev donated rare material and information. Lately, another new friend, Ilya Kryzhanovsky, has been bitten by the harp guitar bug and is sending me new material […]

Vardon, Perry & Wilber Meet the Library of Congress

That’s right … “Those Three Boys” are finally enshrined for all time. I just sent the monograph on my favorite Vaudeville team to the Library of Congress. While this is my fourth (self-published) printed book (the first being the Museum of Making Music’s harp guitar exhibit catalog), it is my first fully realized project – […]

Stanford White’s Musical Instrument Treasures

My latest PDF article is something a little different (and not actually harp guitar-specific). I had vague recollections of Stanford White, but never knew he collected musical instruments. My interest was further piqued when I discovered random connections to other collections I’m familiar with, along with his various instruments that I also research. After a […]

From Three- to Four-Part Harmony

As readers know, I recently condensed all of my old Harmony harp guitar blogs into one long PDF article. Soon afterward (January, 2020), a fellow alerted us to another via Facebook. He inherited it from a great-grandfather, though sadly, there is no other known provenance. Unlike the other two fancy, near-identical specimens, this one’s a plain […]

Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

Readers new to my site and blog may have missed a rather critical distinction I pointed out some years ago in this article: What a Harp Guitar Isn’t. Since people invariably confuse the issue, I reminded all that these instruments are actually “zither-guitars” in configuration, rather than “harp” guitars. Ironic, I know. Thus, one of […]


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