I can feel a "chill" in the air; that means it's "back-to-school" time and the holidays are right around the corner.
I've been working on new music and building new harp guitars and fanned fret guitars.
It seems, these days, just about everybody has a smart device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) and are connected to the Internet 24/7 via Facebook. Starting September, I will be posting my new music and updates on my Facebook page. This includes all of my bluegrass music arrangements and the instruments I'm building. This will give my music and instrument more exposure. Be sure to visit and "like"!
Here are the very latest updates for September:
A fresh, new "Song of the Month" is posted; "Clementine". All of the details are below.
The new 21 String Harp Guitars are finished! The initial review is below.
In addition to the 21 String Harp Guitar, there are some more new Harp Ukuleles and Fanned Fret Guitars coming this month.
I've been posting more details of the instruments I'm making and what's coming regularly on my Facebook page. Please stop by!
I think just about everybody has heard this melody; a classical American folk song in 3/4 time.
This is a good tune to play in jam sessions, with family and friends and for teachers with their students. I've several arrangements including all of the sheet music, tablatures and many play-along mp3s. Everything, including the performance notes are in the .rar package below. This is a password protected file. The password is availabe in my free monthly newsletter. Subscribe today!
If you're unfamiliar with a .rar package and need help, click here for the details of what a .rar package is, how to download, open and play back the files.
The Hard Copy Books are available again! They are being processed with FedEx. When you place an online order, the files are sent to a FedEx near you and are available the same or next business day for pickup. If a FedEx Office is not near you, they will ship to your address. This service is available for the USA and Canada.
The matching audio CDs are also available. More details are here.
first production models of the 21 String Harp Guitar
are complete and now shipping in September!
This harp guitar is based on the 20 string Sullivan/Elliot design. I've made three adjustments to the original plans.
1. The head stock has been modified to accept sharping levers.
2. The super treble box has been eliminated to accept sharping levers and use standard guitar machines. The sharping levers used are Dragon Whispers. These levers are too large for the super treble block. I'm searching for another lever option.
3. The steel string 21 harp guitar has a standard 48mm nut width; this harp guitar is also available with a 44.5mm nut (1 3/4 inch) similar to the Dyer harp guitar. A nylon string, classical guitar 51mm nut is also available
If you prefer alternate, drop tunings, a fanned fret 21 string harp guitar will be available soon. Also, there will be several varieties of tone woods available for the next releases. Currently, on the bench are Sapele (pictured), Bocote, Ziricote, Claro Walnut, Granadillo and Flamed Maple. Tops can be Carpathian spruce (pictured), Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir. Other tone woods will be added as I can secure large enough material for a harp guitar build.
Here are the:
High resolution photos and here