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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Harp Guitars in Lights

…no, not on the stage…just in my family room. I just tried out my new light set to shoot a special Kathy Wingert harp guitar (just posted for sale here…through a convoluted series of trades, I found myself in possession of the amazing instrument…). I bought this set-up from this link, at the recommendation of […]

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Knutsen Kopies

(The “K” just a little gag to remind you to pronounce it in both words…) As Chris K. has long been my favorite harp guitar maker, it always tickles me when I see some of his design elements incorporated into new harp guitar designs.  Of course, this happened in the very beginning of the “Modern […]

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Harp Guitar: Pluck in Comfort

I know that most of you play with either flesh or nails (and for the thumb, a long, deadly thumbnail) – I’ve gone through it all (and still use different options for different tunes and instruments).  As I demonstrated at the last Gathering, I have been quite enjoying the “Strum ‘N Comfort” thumbpick device.  I […]

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Joe Stertz, the 25th Dyer Owner

As you know, I thoroughly enjoy researching harp guitar history, and never more so than when there is provenance.  Such as this recently discovered instrument. While we may be missing that one piece of direct proof, it is quite likely that Joe was the original purchaser of this Dyer type 1 harp guitar, Style 5, […]

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