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2017 Harp Festivals

Mar 23, 2017

Category: Conferences

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The scents of spring are starting to waft through our damp Seattle air, and our thoughts are turning harp festivals! There are many wonderful harp-focused gatherings planned for this year, and we sadly cannot attend them all, so we're here to give you an update on where we'll be and when.

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Category: New Products

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Our newest harp model is geared towards playing Mariachi music, specifically in school programs. The Mariachi 34 combines traditional Mexican lighter-tension strings and closer spacing with the affordability and time-tested reliability of our Ravenna harps.

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If you think you can't play harp, think again. Ginny Oman tells us what it's like to play harp with secondary progressive M.S., including the challenges she's had to overcome and the joys of her hospice work with harp.

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Category: Useful Info

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You’ve probably heard at some point that bad things might happen if a wooden musical instrument gets too dry, but what does that actually mean? How dry is too dry? Is it the inside air or the outside air that matters? How do you measure it? What’s actually at stake if you don’t pay attention to the humidity? Is there any reason to panic?

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Are you a bold bubinga person or an understated walnut person? Did you choose the harp that matches your personality, or did opposites attract? Take this quiz to find out!

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Tags : harps, wood, quizzes

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The theme of today's Stories from the Harp is physical movement. Hospitals are host to a lot of patients who are unable or unwilling to move, family and friends who have nothing to do but sit still and wait or anxiously pace the halls and wait, and staff members who too often are rushing around with crises to attend to. Music can change all of these things!

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The short answer is yes, you probably can, but there are some important things to take into consideration so that you don't hurt your harp. There's also a lot of mystery surrounding harp strings and string tension, so we'd like to explain some of the basic concepts and hopefully clear up a few common misconceptions.

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Bill Johnson, Certified Music Practitioner and hammered dulcimer player, answers some practical questions about what it's like to be a therapeutic musician.

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Music isn't just for humans! Today we have a little collection of stories about the therapeutic effects of music on our four-legged furry friends.

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Years ago I was asked be part of a musical program at one of our local cancer treatment hospitals. Individual musicians were to play for ten or fifteen minutes at a time on various pre-assigned floors, then take their instrument to another floor, and so on, for two hours of music...

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