The holiday season is a great time to play music together and for others! So, with that thought in mind, I've arranged a special song for the holiday season:
I've had numerous requests for the Christmas/Spiritual, "Go Tell it on the Mountain".
I've created several special arrangements for the Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Fiddle and Fiddle Tablature. Also the Guitar, Mandolin, the Harp Guitar and Harp Ukulele! There are complete scores for all of the instruments with play-along mp3s and video tutorials. All free! Several of the arrangements are twin harmony parts for students and teachers to play along together or with family and friends. If you don't have someone to play with, you can use my play-along mp3's and play along with me! The links are further down this page.
I'm working on new material all the time for the Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin and have now expanded my arranging to the Harp Guitar and Harp Ukulele. The next publication that I'm preparing to release is Bluegrass Guitar Volume 11. It's scheduled for release in December. Closely following will be the Music Theory and Improvising for the Fiddle.
Ready for something new? Play a Harp Guitar or Harp Ukulele! Below is a short list of what I have available now to ship for the Christmas season.
For the holidays, there are available, Cocobolo, Curly Ovangkol, Maple and Mahogany Right-handed harp guitars. There are Bubinga and Mahogany LEFT-handed harp guitars available.
For the holidays, there are available: Zebra Right-handed and LEFT-handed models.
Fanned Fret Guitar:
The next series of fanned fret guitars will be ready to ship this Thanksgiving. There are several fanned frets coming out of the shop this month.
Browse over to the Showroom for the latest releases!
The production model fanned fret guitar are scheduled for shipping Thanksgiving, end of November. This multi-scale guitar can be played in any style of music genre.
Finger style guitarist will enjoy alternate dropped tunings like DADGAD along with enhanced tapping and harmonics.
Flat picking bluegrass on a multi-scale guitar in standard tuning is a treat! The basses in standard tuning are tighter for greater punch and pronounced bass runs. The slanted frets are also very comfortable! They blend nicely with the natural fan of the hand; great for ageing, stiff fingers.
Jazz players will enjoy the shorter length treble strings. They have a softer touch closer to an electric guitar feel; sweeter, easier to bend with enhanced vibrato.
Click here to read more about the fanned fret guitar and it's special features.
We are currently producing the multi-scale guitar in Two Levels and Two Styles:
Level 1 - Production model. The fanned fret guitar that we're releasing this month is our Mahogany production model. It's a standard model that should be affordable for those on a tight budget. The top is solid Spruce with semi-solid Mahogany back and sides. The production model is only $695 with free world wide shipping. Click the link above for the full details.
Level 2 - All-solid model with local tone woods. This is a very nice "rosewood alternative" guitar for those on a budget. It is all-solid. Spruce top, ebony trim with a variety of tone wood options for the back and sides. Currently, we're using Mexican Bocote. The price is around $995 with shipping. The ETA for this fanned fret guitar is scheduled for February, 2014.
There are Two Styles of fanned fret guitars currently on the workbench:
I'm getting a LOT of requests for a LOT variations on the above and they're all great! There will be more models, levels, new tone woods released as we move into 2014.
The multi-scale guitar, the harp guitar and harp ukulele are entering the 21st century with a passion, igniting guitarists and ukulele players with increased enthusiasm and ideas to expand their music. If you haven't already done so, consider signing up to my newsletter, Google+ Circles and YouTube Channel (links at the bottom of the page). As we make progress on these projects, I will send out a brief email with exclusive photos, videos and other information about all of these projects.
The next two 21 string harp guitars will have a full set of sharping levers on the bass and treble strings. There have been a few unseen delays but we're moving forward and should have them complete by December. The production models will follow closely.
While we continue working on this project, you may want to contact John Doan directly about the future purchase of this instrument. I recommend that you consider attending John's "Harp Guitar Retreat" in July 2014 (Salem, Oregon USA) for personal instruction on this instrument. John can be reached directly through his web site, www.johndoan.com
Our harp guitars are being played by some very talented musicians bringing their arrangements to new levels of expression. Send me any YouTube videos of your performances and arrangements or concerts and performances and I'll post them here.
Below are a couple of new videos of harp guitarist, Alexander Samodum from Crimea. He's playing a Cocobolo Harp Guitar.
They are listed as "Holiday Special #1", "Holiday Special #2" and so on. Each special represents a set or series of one of the instruments, like Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin and so on. The details of each publication are found on the link at the top of this page, "Music". If you would like to "mix-and-match" a different set of books, let me know and I can make an adjustment to the list below.
If you would like to make a purchase as a gift and not sure what to get, you may want to get a Gift Certificate. The gift certificate will be good towards ANY items listed on my web. This can be a digital download, harp copy book, even an instrument like a Harp Guitar, Harp Ukulele and Fanned Fret Guitar! The Gift Certificate will be sent to you by email and you can print it out to give to your recipient. The Gift Certificate will have a coupon code. The recipient when then contact me with the code on the coupon to complete their choice of gift. You can select from the drop-down menu or contact me for something specific.
Holiday Special #1 - Banjo Volumes 1 thru 11, Banjo Volume 1 Video and Banjo Christmas - Retail $364, Holiday Special $218
Holiday Special #2 - Bass Volumes 1 thru 10 and Bass Christmas - Retail $297, Holiday Special $178
Holiday Special #3 - Dobro Volumes 1 thru 10, Dobro Volume 1 Eight DVD Video Tutorial and Essential Music Theory for Dobro Units 1 and 2 (2 books and eight DVDs) and Dobro Christmas - Retail $481, Holiday Special $288
Holiday Special #4 - Fiddle Volumes 1 thru 10 (Violin Music Notation), Fiddle Music Theory and Fiddle Christmas - Retail $324, Holiday Special $194
Holiday Special #5 - Fiddle Tablature Volumes 1 thru 10, Fiddle Music Theory and Fiddle Christmas - Retail $324, Holiday Special $194
Holiday Special #6 - First Year Fiddle Units 1-6 (Standard Violin Notation), Fiddle Music Theory and Fiddle Christmas - Retail $234, Holiday Special $140
Holiday Special #7 - First Year Fiddle Units 1-6 (Fiddle Tablature), Fiddle Music Theory and Fiddle Christmas - Retail $234, Holiday Special $140
Holiday Special #8 - Guitar Volumes 1 thru 10, Essential Music Theory for Guitar and Guitar Christmas - Retail $326, Holiday Special $195
Holiday Special #9 - Mandolin Volumes 1 thru 11 and Mandolin Christmas - Retail $324, Holiday Special $194
Holiday Special #10 - Essential Music Theory for Mandolin Units 1 thru 4 with 14 DVDs - Retail $238, Holiday Special $142
"Go Tell It on the Mountain" is an African-American spiritual song, compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr., dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers like Peter, Paul and Mary, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Garth Brooks and more. It is considered a Christmas carol because its original lyric celebrates the Nativity of Jesus:
"Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born."
I've created several matching arrangements; sheet music and tablature, for the Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Harp Guitar and Harp Ukulele. The fiddle and mandolin included harmony parts. The guitar includes a nice cross picking arrangement. The .rar download includes all of the scores, tablatures and play-along mp3s in one package. The password is in the current November newsletter. Subscribe free now!
Click here for help opening the .rar files.
Click here for the Harp Guitar and Harp Ukulele arrangements.
Fanned Fret Guitars, Harp Guitars and Harp Ukuleles!
This was my second year to attend the Kiev Music Exposition. This is the Ukrainian NAMM show. There were many vendors from around the country representing various guitars, pianos, drums, horns, lighting and stage equipment and so on. Our display from Lviv was unique with the new fanned fret guitar. This was the world premier of our fanned fret production model guitar. Many were curious about the "crooked" frets. At this event, we released the latest mahogany fanned fret guitars, the new zebra harp ukulele and cocobolo harp guitars.
As we now enter the holiday season, several new instruments will be available including harp guitars, harp ukuleles and fanned fret guitars.
There are several custom harp guitar builds that are nearing completion. There will be more details on these a little later in the month.
A couple of 21 String John Doan harp guitars are also nearing completion. These will include sharping levers on bot the sub-bass and super-treble strings. It looks like they will be completed right around Christmas. The production models will follow soon thereafter.
John informed me that he is preparing a new web for their introduction. If you are interested in the 21 String Harp Guitar, contact John Doan directly on his web site, http://www.johndoan.com/
The next major project that we're undertaking is the Nylon Classical Harp Guitar. It is a 21st century design for today's progressive finger style guitarists. As we make progress on this new instrument and it's design, I'll post more details here.
If the various instrument projects that we're working on interest you (Harp Guitar, Fanned Fret, Harp Ukulele, 21 string and Nylon String Harp Guitars) sign up for my newsletter, join my Google+ circle, subscribe to my YouTube channel and eBay store. Normally, I post the very latest on my Google+ account (photos) and YouTube (video). The links are at the bottom of this page.
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