One of my webcam autoharp students began playing melody a couple months ago (after a couple years of singing songs and strumming chords), and the learning curve really got kind of steep. Today, we zoomed in on the string hand,
Life has become really interesting around here on both the hammered dulcimer and autoharp fronts. I encourage players of both instruments to embrace what I’ve found.
Hammered dulcimer: One of my students is now learning to play jigs, and the subject
On June 6, 2016, autoharp student Garrett Sullivan and I journeyed to Rangely, Colorado some five hours west of Denver to engage in a recording session at
Last week while preparing dinner, I texted briefly with an autoharp friend. (I’d just bought a smartphone and now understand how addicting texting is, now that I don’t have to press the ABC button three times to get C.
Recently and in one week’s time, two autoharpists asked me how I choose tunes for a contest. (There must be some contest karma going on out there.) Here are some things I look for:
I look for a melody that
Back on January 14, I said this:
“…I thought about a curious statement players sometimes make about my teaching: “She’s trying to make me play like her.” …I desire to teach basic skills in music-making to my students so that they
Many of you reading this post may be doing so in response to my recent question to the Cyberpluckers (autoharp) forum about how many autoharp techniques I apply when I play. Yes, my own answer to the question is at
(Excuse me: Yay, Broncos!)
I’m still learning how to make Viking knit chain. I made the piece at right in the Broncos’ honor for just a few dollars (the NFL Shop at Macy’s wants $150.00 for a shirt). Now that the Broncos
In October 2015, I took up a new craft: Viking knit wire jewelry. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Here are two photos of one of my creations:
Detail of the twisted Viking knit with chain close-up of pendant
Patsy Stoneman Murphy, daughter of autoharpist/singer-songwriter Ernest “Pop” Stoneman, passed away Thursday, July 23 at the age of 90, marking the end of an era in autoharp history.
Last night I pulled out an article I wrote in 2005 about what must be