The Dusty Blog

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Posted by Dusty - Nov 11, 2016, 2:51 PM
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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Posted by Dusty - Sep 15, 2016, 4:19 PM
Take this quiz to find out if your personality matches your harp!
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Posted by Dusty - Aug 17, 2016, 1:36 PM
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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Posted by Dusty - Jul 14, 2016, 11:19 AM
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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Posted by Dusty - Jun 29, 2016, 10:09 AM
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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Posted by Dusty - Jun 24, 2016, 9:43 AM
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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Posted by Dusty - Jun 17, 2016, 3:21 PM
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, I decided that since he was only semiconscious, perhaps the best way for him to know I was there would be to play my harp for him. I put it in the car...
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Posted by Dusty - Jun 15, 2016, 1:19 PM
Get the lowdown on which harps we'll be bringing to the 2016 summer festivals! The American Harp Society conference is in Atlanta from June 30th - July 3rd, and the Somerset Folk Harp Conference is in Parsippany, NJ from July 21st - 24th. We hope to see you there!
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Posted by Dusty - Jun 6, 2016, 2:00 PM
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 Bemiss in Atlanta.
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Posted by Dusty - May 27, 2016, 4:17 PM
This is the first in a series of stories about the gift of music and its ability to soothe and heal.