The Birth of the American 12-String Guitar

And now for something completely different… What started out many months back as just an interesting little blog (from something I unearthed in my seemingly bottomless harp guitar “To Do” folders) ended up as an extensive and pretty exhaustive 6000+ word research project, so I ended up publishing it on the more permanent site.  (Note: […]

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Taraffo Display at the Conservatorio

As you may remember from my blog of March 13, 2011, which highlighted the discoveries and news after the conclusion of  our 2010 Genoa trip, Antonello Saccu had finished a beautiful reproduction stand for Taraffo’s original Gazzo harp guitar. This was at the behest of Franco Ghisalberti, who graciously donated the finished stand to the […]

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Jon Mendle, Archguitar Prodigy

This is the harp guitar surprise I mentioned in the last blog.  While browsing the CD table on our first night at the La Guitarra festival, Frank spotted a new CD of solo 11-string archguitar…we flipped!  It then hit me that this was obviously the young Bay Area player that Jim Kline had told me […]

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La Guitarra Arpa California

My title is meant as a little play on La Guitarra California, the name of the growing classical guitar festival held every two years in San Luis Obispo (a very lovely town, by the way).  “Arpa” being my little reference to the first inclusion on their program of a (borderline) “harp guitarist” – the great […]

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Foundation Fundraiser: Win This Harp Guitar!

We just added a new page for a special Internet Raffle, to be concluded at next month’s Harp Guitar Gathering. One lucky ticket holder will end up with the Ukraine-built Dyer copy harp guitar generously donated by Jay Buckey, as seen in my blog 2 weeks ago. Realizing that there a lot of you out […]

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September 11, 2011

We were given these pins at work on Friday…I’m wearing mine now, up in San Luis Obispo at the La Guitarra California festival, where Frank and I are enjoying two partial days of high caliber nylon-string guitar music.  Kathy Wingert and Monica Esparza are here as well, along with a few other builder and player […]

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A Noble Image, Indeed

Nice cover on the new Canadian online magazine Muzik, Etc – a great photo of Antoine Dufour with his Duane Noble harp guitar.  Inside, a short interview, that includes a mention of his last CD and Brad Hoyt’s tune, plus the solo recording of Solitude (coincidentally enough, originally planned for FBSS). Congrats on landing the […]

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…I listen to the wind that obliterates my traces…

…a collection of “Music in Vernacular Photographs 1880-1955.”  I picked this delightful book up recently (through Amazon) after reading a review in the Times.  That’s its title in my blog header, the first line of a poem by Swedish Nobel Prize Laureate Par Lagerkvist.  It sets the tone (as does the absence of any Caps […]

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Khronicling Knutsen’s Kondition

Since you folks seem to be egging me on with the “K” gags… …this is no laughing matter, however. It seems that Chris struggled for 15 years with rheumatism, all during the start-up and heyday of his prolific period of harp guitar designing and building. This rare and curious advertisement from September 16, 1908 – […]

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HGG9 Harp Guitar Instruction Workshops

Courtesy of our 3 instructors, we’ve now added to the schedule specifics for the special simultaneous workshops that will take place on Sunday morning at the 9th Harp Guitar Gathering.  This should help attendees choose and prepare for how they might like to participate. We’ve been talking about doing concurrent workshops for years, which many […]

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