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Stories from the Harp: Our Furry Companions

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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Stories from the Harp: How it Began

One evening in 1990, long before bedside music was used in hospitals for other than hospice patients, and no certification programs yet existed for it, I learned that my father had pneumonia and was in Intensive Care. I packed my bag. At the last minute, …
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Stories from the Harp: Fourteen Years Later

Stories from the Harp is an ongoing series illustrating the importance and power of therapeutic music. We share real-life stories from musicians, patients, hospital staff, and anyone for whom music has had a profound impact. This story comes from Angi Bem…
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Stories from the Harp: Weaving Hands

Stories from the Harp is an ongoing series illustrating the importance and power of therapeutic music. We share real-life stories from musicians, patients, hospital staff, and anyone for whom music has had a profound impact. This first story was told to u…
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Hammered Dulcimer in Film Scores

One of our favorite questions to ask new dulcimer players is what sort of music they plan to play. Many of the answers have been the same for 35 years ("hymns," "Celtic music," and "Stairway to Heaven," for example), but these days there is also a liberal…
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Why You Really Do Deserve A Nice Instrument

Have you ever come across a particularly gorgeous instrument with a wonderfully lush tone and fallen instantly in love? Maybe you were looking, or maybe you were just wandering along minding your own business when you were struck by Cupid’s arrow. There p…
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Stephen Peterson's Harp Story

It's easy to get caught up in the daily business of making, selling and supporting our harps and hammered dulcimers, but every once in a while a customer tells us a story that reminds us of why we are really doing this. Time after time, we hear about the …
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Harp Is The New Guitar (or Singing With Your Harp)

I have recently become aware of a startling piece of information, which is that you don't need to play guitar or piano to be a singer-songwriter. In fact, I'm pretty sure that harp is the new guitar. To back up this bold statement (and perhaps to inspire …
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Interview with Hammered Dulcimer Champion Karen Alley

Meet Karen Alley - multi-instrumentalist, Ph.D. student and 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion! She has very kindly taken a break from her glaciology studies in Boulder, CO to answer some questions about hammered dulcimer playing, the Winfield compe…
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