Back to Gene’s Guitar Shop

Readers may recall that I wrote about Gene and his friend Matteo two months ago in The Tale of Knutsen Symphony Harp Guitar #HGT1. You also met Gene’s friend, Yodeling Dick. To shed more light on the two men I met that fateful day in 1988, we’re back now with some wonderful memorabilia – and […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sedona Getaway

Last weekend was a breath of fresh air in every way when we drove to Sedona, Arizona for a 5 day vacation with the Bennetts and Morgans (Stephen & Nancy; Joe & Linda, of Harp Guitar Gathering fame). While this blog is not harp guitar-related, they are…please enjoy at any rate! I had been here […]

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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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Knutsen’s Electrical Knnection

Some 15 years ago, I had the great privilege and joy to have had an official “Assistant to the Knutsen Archives.” Darrell Urbien was not only as obsessive and nerd-perfect as I was, he actually lived in Echo Park near downtown Los Angeles. He knew this area – the very haunts of Chris Knutsen in […]

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The Tale of Knutsen Symphony Harp Guitar #HGT1

Recently, via a long, convoluted and unrelated Google search, this new and curious image at right popped up on my screen. As always, I stopped to save it and investigate. The caption said “Gene Mitchell with harp guitar at ‘Gene’s Guitar Shop’ Judah Street, San Francisco July, 1980.” My immediate thought: “Hey, that’s where I […]

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Filippo Bertipaglia “Gea” World Premiere

Once again, here is some 6-string news I wanted to share on my Harp Guitar blog. Following up after last month’s blog on a visit from Italy’s Filippo Bertipaglia, I mentioned his upcoming debut CD. Well, this incredible piece will not be on it. So I urged Filippo to let me record it (even with […]

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Hey all – as harp guitars are just portion of my musical instrument passions, here’s (as the late Terry Jones would have said) Something Completely Different. The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

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