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Remember to Keep Music

Posted by Davy Clark on

Remember to keep music in your life. What? What makes Humans as created higher than all other biological kingdoms on Earth is our ability of intelligence; chiefly, exponential & transcendent creativity. Chief amongst those is our ability to make music; especially that meant for divine worship.  During such present times of global war, strife, stress, turmoil & upheavals (this is not a "political" post), what keeps us as risen above the dumb brutes is our sensitivity to beauty; especially as we find in our music; as such music is found within our civil societies.  Certainly, to borrow someone else's phrase, music "soothes...

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These Paraguayan-styled Harps can be played just like any other lever folk harp.

Posted by Davy Clark on

So, I am discovering a misunderstanding concerning how one might play a "regular" lever folk harp compared to a "Paraguayan" folk harp.  It seems to be often [erroneously] thought one has to use only the South American style of harp playing (traditional Paraguayan in particular) in order to play a "Paraguayan"-type harp.  However, that is far from reality. A Paraguayan harp can be played in the same manner as any other typically envisioned, lever harp found in North America. In fact, for many beginners, the Paraguayan is often found to be easier to learn on, comparativley speaking. The strings are...

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Why is the Cost for Your Harp Kits so Expensive?

Posted by Davy Clark on

Over the last several years, especially during COVID, many folks have decided to build their own harps. Good idea! Yet, on a few occasions, I've been asked the question of why our various harp kits are so expensive? While it is not for me to judge anyone's budget or to second guess what they should or should not afford, I am sensitive to the costs involved; both of what my customers have to pay and the value of what they purchase from me compared to the cost I have to pay to buy the parts in the first place and...

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Playing Your Harp for Others?

Posted by Davy Clark on

There is an industry where folks play their harps for the good & healthy benefit of others. Were you aware of this? It is often called many names, such as Therapy Harp, Clinical Harp, Music Therapy, etc. In these situations, a person will play their harp at the bedside of individuals who are sick. Often these services by harpers are performed in a hospice situation, which is formally called, Thanatology. This is where individuals with terminal illnesses or older age, end of life events are being served by our harp playing.  Personally, I've done both as a trained, first level harp...

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Guarneri 'del Gesù' ? - Violin Maker

Posted by Davy Clark on

You've heard of Antonio Stradivari, famous for his exquisite-sounding, Stradivarius violins. Perhaps, you've even heard of Nicolo Amati, the revolutionary maker of the modern violin, who preceded Stradivari and is one of the three most renowned violin makers in recent world history. Yet, have you heard of Bartolomeo Giuseppi Guarneri 'del Gesù'?  Guarneri del Gesu is considered one of the finest violin makers in the world, standing along side of Amati and Stradivari. Together, these three are recognized as the greatest to have given us the blessing of the "singing box." Yet these makers, having long since slipped into eternity...

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