Scotland, 2017 Part 5: Monday Musical Field Trip

Star Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017.  Location: Edinburgh, Scotland.  What & Why: The annual AMIS Meeting. This was to be the last day of the 2017 Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society, which had teamed up once again with the British Isles’ Galpin Society to double our musical instrument geek-out experience.  The conference was […]

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Lead Belly’s Dolceolist

Here’s an impromptu non-harp guitar-related post that I thought would be a treat for those into any and all of the following seemingly unrelated topics: Lead Belly ‘50s folk-pop music Edgar Bergen Therapy Dogs Hollywood The Dolceola Yes, believe it or not, they converge thusly: Within my extensive Dolceola section in the Fretless Zithers portion […]

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Scotland, 2017 Part 4: Sunday Activities

Greetings, fellow travelers!  I now return rather belatedly to the series of adventures I had in Scotland and Italy last summer.  (My excuse is that everything, including life, was put on hold while I concentrated last year solely on our harp guitar exhibit, catalog and October festival, not to mention releasing a 25 track CD).  […]

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Russian Harp Guitar Catchup

For those new to this subject, all you need to know for now is that Russian guitars typically feature seven strings on the neck rather than six, and are tuned not in fourths but to an open G chord.  “Harp guitar” versions then add three or more floating bass strings to the equation.  In all […]

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Lost Scroll of the Ages Addendum

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t yet read the new issue of The Fretboard Journal (#41, Spring 2018), you might want to do so before spoiling the surprise below.  If you don’t have a copy, I’d recommend you run right out and get one (or better yet, just subscribe!).  It includes a piece I submitted early […]

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Texas Hill Country Hijinks

You’ve seen how much fun the Bennetts, Morgans and Miner/Rohr couples have together even through the stress of running that funfest called The Harp Guitar Gathering… Now imagine A) taking all that stress and responsibility away, and B) removing all the witnesses from the equation… You’re not imagining hard enough…it’s much more sophomoric and full […]

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Southern Cal Harp Guitar Happenings

For friends and readers not on Facebook, I’ve added a couple public posts there recently: HGGG:   Trevor Gordon Hall show

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Akustik Gitarre Magazine Harp Guitar Time Capsule

In 2011, one of the participants at HGG9 (the 9th Harp Guitar Gathering) was Michael Lohr, who had come all the way from Germany.  He had gotten the bug after seeing Stephen Bennett and soon bought one of the China Holloways, which he brought with him.  He fit our group like a glove, had a […]

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NAMM, 2018

Sadly, my heart was just not into NAMM this year, as we lost our eldest dog Auggie last Sunday (Facebook friends, thanks for your sympathies). But I needed an excuse to get out of the house, and had a business meeting with the team building the new Timberline harp guitars, so made the trek.  It […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering 15: Another Guest Travelogue

Here’s a second look at the last Harp Guitar Gathering – #15, which I hosted and will post about myself one day!  Technically, it was hosted by The Museum of Making Music…and organized and run mostly by my wife, Jaci.  But I make a great figurehead. This experience (presented in PDF form below) was written […]

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