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Yankee Dixie Johnnie arr. Rees-Rohrbacher

July 3, 2016 Of course I’m a little late in mentioning this excellent duet arrangement of three songs closely associated with American History:  Yankee Doodle, Dixie, and When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher, a gifted arranger of harp duet … Continue reading

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The Heartfelt Music of Fran McGaughey

  Fran’s Music is from the heart. Each composition and arrangement is written for a person, or to comfort, or for that special feeling necessary for the moment. I asked Fran (Eleanor) McGaughey to tell us a little about herself and … Continue reading

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Simple accompaniments for quick tunes

Playing with others, especially at a fast tempo, can be daunting for any musician. Some of the reasons for this feeling of helplessness can be attributed to: you usually play alone – you don’t know the melody well – you … Continue reading

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Harp Exercise to strengthen finger independence

Of all the finger dexterity exercises I have done over the past forty plus years of playing the harp, the exercise on this you tube video (provided) has helped me the most. It requires a great deal of coordination, and … Continue reading

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The Harp in Blues History & What makes Blues sound like the Blues

The Harp in Blues History from Learn How to Play Blues on your Harp by I. Mac Perry As the hot Dixieland combos of the Roaring Twenties began to peak out (they had replaced the 30-year reign of Ragtime), they … Continue reading

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Gustav Holst and the Jupiter Theme

Gustav Holst store site | blog site | publication site Gustav Holst, (1874-1934) born in Cheltenham, England, is probably best known for his Planets Suite.As a child, he loved the piano and practiced it for hours, but did not like … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Film “The Harpist”

Dear Harpists, You might enjoy the award-winning short film, “The Harpist”. It features music by Meg Robinson, one of the artists in our publishing company. I am playing one of Meg’s songs and have credit at the end. Fame at … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program

JOIN US FOR 3 WEEKS IN THE ROCKIES JULY 3-24, 2016 Link: Three Weeks of Intensive Harp Study ​and Personal Development NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016!

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Houston Summer Harp Festival

Here’s a link to the Houston Summer Harp Festival This year’s theme: “Dancing with My Harp” Sponsored by Houston Baptist University’s School of Music 7502 Fondren Road in Houston, TX 77074-3298 July 11 –  July 16, 2016 Registration Deadline: June 13, 2016 Scholarship … Continue reading

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Gulf Coast Harpers Recital Announced

Save the date!!! The Gulf Coast Harpers Association will host a recital on Sunday, June 12 at 4 pm at the Houston Heights Woman’s Club, 1846 Harvard St., Houston, TX 77008. This recital will be open to anyone who would … Continue reading

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