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.
The 2015 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Championship took place on Friday evening, June 26, during the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering (MLAG) outside Newport, Pennsylvania. A number of folks in the autoharp community asked about my journey from preparation through the contest and beyond. Desipte contracting
Recently, I posted to Cyberpluckers (the autoharp list serve) about June Fessenden coming here for B&B lessons at the end of May, 2015. One of the listers wrote me privately to ask what in the world B&B lessons are. While you can
My webcam student, Al, is very much the beginning autoharpist, although I am impressed by the way his harmonic perception is growing.
I usually start new players off with singing songs and strumming chords. (If you are just starting out, this is an
On Good Friday morning, I’d re-thought how to play a few measures in “Were You There?” (Where was that idea three weeks ago when I could have burned it into my brain more securely?) Smoothing a phrase also meant depressing a radically different
My second-ever time teaching Team Chording to budding autoharpists took place in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, February 27, 2015.
Every now and then we autoharpists need to stop playing and think about the music we make so that it sounds really succinct. Team Chording does this