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Mattinata

For those who love this romantic and lyrical music, we have a digital download of Mattinata, written in 1904 and dedicated to Caruso.  The PN (part number – it is usually easiest to find items on any site in any … Continue reading

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Houston Summer Harp Festival

July 10 –  July 15, 2017 Houston Baptist University 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77074-3298 The HOUSTON SUMMER HARP FESTIVAL brings young harpists together in a fun and educational atmosphere for a week long intense and non-competitive study of the … Continue reading

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Unique Witcher Harp for sale!

We have handled harps of all types over the years but this is probably one of the most unique! Built by Jay Witcher in 1994, it is a Renaissance ‘type’ double strung harp. 61 strings with the parallel rows offset, … Continue reading

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A Variety of Harps!

March 23, 2017 Greetings Harpists, During the course of 2016, we received over a dozen harps from an estate.  John has been diligently assessing and working on these harps, and most of them are now available for sale.  The list … Continue reading

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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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