Our young and sprightly new minister at church delivers wisdom beyond her years. Her latest sermon centered around John 12:20-33. As she spoke, she mentioned death as being an uncomfortable subject, something one doesn’t talk about in polite company, right
Hmmm, I seem to be on a roll these days.
While I want everyone who plays hammered dulcimer and autoharp to sound good, those last two words have become my mantra in recent years. There is no hocus-pocus, super-duper-expensive instrument or
This blog post bears the title of an email that arrived to my inbox recently from one of the Phoenix Autoharp Retreat (PAR) PARticipants. The email reads as follows:
Just a note to say your teaching really works. My daughter from
On Feb. 4-7, 2018, seven eager autoharpists from Arizona, Oregon, Washington State and even Mexico, regular folks who love the autoharp and want to improve their autoharping, gathered in central Arizona for the first-ever Phoenix Autoharp Retreat (PAR). The topic,
Last week I taught another banner round of B&B lessons to an autoharp student, different again from all the previous students who join me here at home for five days of targeted music instruction. The list of topics collectively covered
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