Dragons and Dinosaurs by Reba Lunsford

Searching for great learning pieces for young and old?  Dragons and Dinosaurs by Reba Lunsford is a great choice.  Her explanation of placing is very good:

“Putting the fingers on the strings before playing the first note. Notes are grouped in a series of two, three, or four. It produces better sound and enables more secure, accurate, and faster playing.”

Download a free page from the book – Orbs in the Darkness  Glowing Orbs in Darkness free page

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Mahan’s “Iowa Rivers Suite” now available digitally

Bill Mahan, an architect by trade, has written some of the most beautiful melodies for harp and piano. Born in Iowa, his Iowa Rivers Suite reflects fond memories and brings a visual of beautiful landscapes. It is now available digitally at Melody’s Traditional Music.  Enjoy the sample music, and scroll down for three sound samples played on the harp.

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I. Mac Perry RIP

The extremely energetic, intelligent and multi-talented I. Mac Perry, author of “Learn to Play the Blues on the Harp” died in 2016.  We had not heard from him, and discovered this in a web search.  He authored many books, available on Kindle. Please take a moment to read about this wonderful human being.

I. Mac Perry obituary

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Music for the Double Strung Harp

Thanks to Carolyn Deal and her You Tube tutorials on the Double Strung Harp, the instrument is experiencing a resurgence in popularity both for it’s unique sound and now for some of the really easy techniques Carolyn has been teaching.  Available in three versions:  Paper book, Paper book with CD, PDF digital.  See it here:


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Public School Harp Warm-Up

Here’s a warm-up that the kids all know and it grounds them before class. Sorry the notes are out of tune – we’re in an air raid shelter and the temps are all over the place.  Thanks to A.H., grade 3, for video-ing.!

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Free Salvi Trunk

Free Salvi Trunk
Wooden Trunk available, used to ship Salvi Aurora. Please contact the store if you are interested. [800-893-4277] Trunk is in excellent condition. Pick up is in the Spring, TX area – NW of Houston.

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Missing Harp in the Houston Area

Missing Harp – since September 2016 or 2017 – not sure.
Courtesy message for Evelyn Castiglioni:

Dear Area harpists, I am tracking down a harp rented by T. F. in September last year. If you have it or any information would you please contact Evelyn Castiglioni (info below).

Harp description: 2012 Triplett Signature – 36 strings, full Camac II levers, Bubinga

Last known address of renter was Mansions on the Park in Magnolia (TX).

Thank you for your help, for more details including name and contact info on renter and who they studied with:
Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

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The Lively Bard – new fl/hp book

Look for a new release by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher late summer 2018 – “The Lively Bard” – samples here!

Sample Flute

Sample Harp and Score

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Free Download for June 2018

This month’s free download is “La Playa” from Louise Trotter’s Puerto Rican Sketches.   You can download it HERE.

Louise Trotter is a well-loved U.S. harpist, composer and arranger. Since early childhood she has had musical training in both piano and harp. She studied harp at Texas Women’s University and also with Mildred Dilling. Louise has been awarded two Lifetime Achievement Awards; one by the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen in 2003, and a second by the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in 2014. She plays a varied repertoire, from classical to Broadway, swing, Latin, rag, jazz, or folk, and is one of the few harpists who specializes in country music.


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Great deals on used harps!

Posted May 6, 2018

In Mahogany finish with Bronzing, this Venus Concert Encore model pedal harp SN: 2196 has just received a full new set of strings. Sounds great! Well loved, it was a “stay-at-home” harp for the single, original owner – i.e. rarely moved – which is why it is in excellent condition.

Besides the K-2 6 wheel dolly and adjustable bench in the picture, the harp package also includes the standard Venus padded cover (and a tuning key of course!)

It’s a nice set-up at this price!

Please note:

With used instruments, we prefer direct communication so we can answer any questions or advise on suitabilty for each persons unique situation. If you would like further information on this instrument, please call – 281.890.4500 – or email: melodytradmusic@gmail.com

Our used harp section can be found here  https://www.folkharp.com/650-used-harps

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