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Tip: One of the beauties of the harp is that our finger patterns remain the same no matter what key we’re playing in - fabulous! So, we should be able to easily transpose a piece without blinking an eye, right? Oops, but there’s the matter of one’s brain kicking in and messing with us - what’s the right note here supposed to be...?
The goal, however, is not to transpose and play the piece perfectly. Well, that can be one goal, but that is not the gift. Our mind steps in with logic, our fingers get confused and voilà - out of that comes a new ornamentation, a new note pattern, an entire new phrase! That is the gift.

- Martha Gallagher

 

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12/11/14

New Vendors, New "Tip of the Week," and Where is the HG Gnome now....

Lot's of new news to share this week!!!

First, We have two new vendors to post this week. Music Makers will be returning in 2015 and they are going to be bringing a boat load of great stuff for you all to enjoy, so be sure to stop by their booth! We are excited to announce that Marini Harps will be joining us for the first time in 2015 - WooHoo!!! If you've never had the opportunity to see their harps in person you are in for a rare treat. Their harps are absolutely gorgeous and they have a really wide selection to choose from.

Next, the new "Tip of the Week" is posted and this week we have words of wisdom from, none other then, the feisty Martha Gallagher. See what she has to say about the gift of transposition : )

Finally, a big congrats to Phyllis H. for finding our little friend, The HG Gnome. He's certainly making the rounds on the Harp Gathering website! Well, he has again found another hiding place so be the first to find him and get your chance to be entered in the "find the HG Gnome Contest" to win 2 standard room nights at the Sauder, Heritage Inn. Here are the rules in case you're wondering:

All you have to do is find The Harp Gathering Gnome somewhere on the Harp Gathering website (again, the picture below does not count!). He might be in plain view, among the text on one of The Harp Gathering website pages, or maybe he might include himself in one of the many pictures found here. You never know where he might turn up! Once you find the Harp Gathering Gnome all you have to do is go to the "contact us" page and fill out the form, include where you found the Harp Gathering Gnome in the comment section, and submit it. If you are the first Harp Gatherling to submit your answer, with the correct location, you will be placed in a drawing for 2 free standard room nights (15-16 May 2015) at the Sauder Heritage Inn. You must be a full harp registrant to collect your prize which will be drawn on Friday night, May 15th, 2015 at the opening concert. After the Harp Gathering Gnome is found he will move to another location and the fun starts all over again with all of our Harp Gatherlings searching for our playful little Harp Gathering Gnome. You are free to enter as many times as you like (the more you enter, the better your odds of winning!).

Be sure to stay tuned as we are going to have some exciting news coming soon!!!!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

12/03/14

New "Tip of the Week" and where's our little friend gone next...

Ok, so Thanksgiving got us a bit behind but we are back up to date! See our next "Tip of the Week" with some great advise from none other than Harpist Extraordinaire, Kim Robertson! Great advise on playing your best, and by the way, who was that retired film star???

Next, congrats to Cherrie M. for finding the HG Gnome. He has now found a new hiding place so see if you can find him first and get entered in our "Find the HG Gnome" contest : )

We are pleased to announce that Lynda Kuckenbrod from Therapy Harp Training Program has graciously offered to sponsor the Friday evening reception - WooHoo!!!! Thanks Lynda for being such a strong supporter of The Harp Gathering : )

Oh, calling all harp teachers far and wide. All of you harp instructors, send us your contact information and we will post it to our "Harp Teacher Finder" page. It's absolutely free of cost, all we ask is, if possible, that you link back to our webiste at www.harpgathering.com. That will take anyone who clicks on the link on your site right to this page that you're currently reading. We certainly want to connect prospective students and quality harp instructors with one another, as part of the Harp Gathering's mission is to teach!

Well that's it for now...so be sure to check back often.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

11/22/14

The Next "Tip of the Week" is posted and The HG Gnome is on the move...

Check out the new "Tip of the Week." Great advise from Sharon and Dave Thormahlen about changing your harp strings.

Also, A BIG CONGRATS to Anne R. for finding the Harp Gathering Gnome not once but 2 times in a row, Great Job - WooHoo!!! Our Crafty little friend has found another hiding place so go see if you find him first and get entered in the HG Gnome contest. As a recap, here are the rules:

All you have to do is find The Harp Gathering Gnome somewhere on the Harp Gathering website (again, the picture below does not count!). He might be in plain view, among the text on one of The Harp Gathering website pages, or maybe he might include himself in one of the many pictures found here. You never know where he might turn up! Once you find the Harp Gathering Gnome all you have to do is go to the "contact us" page and fill out the form, include where you found the Harp Gathering Gnome in the comment section, and submit it. If you are the first Harp Gatherling to submit your answer, with the correct location, you will be placed in a drawing for 2 free standard room nights (15-16 May 2015) at the Sauder Heritage Inn. You must be a full harp registrant to collect your prize which will be drawn on Friday night, May 15th, 2015 at the opening concert. After the Harp Gathering Gnome is found he will move to another location and the fun starts all over again with all of our Harp Gatherlings searching for our playful little Harp Gathering Gnome. You are free to enter as many times as you like (the more you enter, the better your odds of winning!).

Finally, All of us at Harp Gathering HQ are pleased to anounce that the the "Harp Teacher Finder" page is now launched and ready for you to find a teacher in your area. For all of you Harp Teachers, the Harp Gathering is offering an ongoing list of Harp Teachers by geographic location. The purpose is to connect eager harp students with quality harp instructors in every corner of the world. All harp teachers are encouraged to send us their contact information and location so we can post it for all. There is no charge for this listing however, if available, it would be much appreciated if harp teachers would link back to this Harp Gathering website page from their website. Just go to our contact page and fill out our form or send us an email!

Well that's it for now, so go find that shifty little Gnome and get entered to win!

As always we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

11/16/14

A new "TIp of the Week" and where is that sneaky little HG Gnome...

First, Enjoy a new "Tip of the Week" from Richard Ash of Folkcraft Music. He has some great advise on practicing!

Next, congrats to Anne R. for locating the HG Gnome. He has, again, found another hiding place and is just waiting for one lucky Harp Gatherling to locate him, so peruse the HG website and see if you can find him.

Finally, do be sure to call the Sauder Heritage Inn and make your room reservations as our block of rooms seems to be filling up rather quickly. For Room Reservations Call the Inn at (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408 and give them the Harp Gathering booking ID #4202. Standard rooms are only $99 plus tax and Deluxe Rooms are only $120 plus tax. If you're coming with a friend you both can share a room and save even more $$$. That way you will have more to spend, on yourself, in our wonderful Vendor Hall - lots music, accessories, and most importantly HARPS...WooHoo!!!!

Ok, so get going and find that pesky little HG Gnome and remember...

We look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

11/13/14

The HG Gnome is on the move...

Congratulations to Lara H. for being the first to find the HG Gnome. She now has one entry in the "Find the Harp Gathering Gnome" contest. Our sneaky little friend has moved to a new location so go find him and get yourself entered to win : )

Oh, make sure to refresh your internet browser so as to be sure to get the most current updated Harp Gathering pages!

On another note, be on the lookout for a new tip to be posted soon!!!

All for now.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

11/8/14

It's Time...

Ok, all of our Harp Gatherlings, the Harp Gathering Gnome is on the prowl, so let the games begin - WooHoo!!!

See the rules below : )

 

11/7/14

New Tip of the Week...

Ok, we ar on time this week with the "Tip of the Week" WooHoo!! This week's tip is from Ray Pool and is good advise on how to talk and play at the same time. Have a look, it will only take a minute : )

Also, don't forget that tomorrow November 8th, our little Harp Gathering Gnome will start his mischief, traveling around the Harp Gathering website. All you have to do is find The Harp Gathering Gnome somewhere on the Harp Gathering website (again, the picture below does not count!). He might be in plain view, among the text on one of The Harp Gathering website pages, or maybe he might include himself in one of the many pictures found here. You never know where he might turn up! Once you find the Harp Gathering Gnome all you have to do is go to the "contact us" page and fill out the form, include where you found the Harp Gathering Gnome in the comment section, and submit it. If you are the first Harp Gatherling to submit your answer, with the correct location, you will be placed in a drawing for 2 free standard room nights (15-16 May 2015) at the Sauder Heritage Inn. You must be a full harp registrant to collect your prize which will be drawn on Friday night, May 15th, 2015 at the opening concert. After the Harp Gathering Gnome is found he will move to another location and the fun starts all over again with all of our Harp Gatherlings searching for our playful little Harp Gathering Gnome. You are free to enter as many times as you like (the more you enter, the better your odds of winning!).

That's all for now

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

10/31/14

Catching up...Finally!!!

Well, we have got some explaining to do as we have not posted a "Tip of the Week" for two weeks now (shame on us!) However, just to make good we have posted two "Tips of the Week" in order to make up it! We really weren't being lazy, just very busy with some very exciting things that we will now share with you : )

First, we have been getting a great many of you Harp Gatherlings asking where the 2015 registration form is. We don't ordinaraly post it until around December but...since we have had so many of you asking for it we have listened and now have the full registration form posted on the registration page. We will be posting the single day registration form shortly! Thanks you for so much interest, and I must say we have a stellar lineup for 2015 with Frank Voltz, Kim Robertson, Martha Gallagher, Sharon & Dave Thormahlen, TAPESTRY and none other than, The Legendary, Ray Pool...WooHoo!!!

Next, Denise and I just got back from North Carolina where we were working with Jeff Lewis to promote the HG Harp line that Jeff, Denise and I developed together. With my design background, Denise's ear, and Jeff's mastery of luthery and harp design, we have come up with a beautiful professional line of harps that just keep getting better and better! Denise and I will be working regularly with Jeff from this point on as our contract with Heartland Harps has come to an end. Be on the look out for us in your area as we want to share the beauty and sound of the extraordinary HG Harp Line by Lewis Creek Instruments! Oh, and on that same note, Jeff at Lewis Creek Instruments will be providing the Grand Prize Harp for the 2015 Harp Gathering so stay tuned for more details!

The Harp Gathering Gnome at The 2015 Harp Gathering, Sauder Village, Herritage Inn in  Archbold Ohio.So, I'd like to introduce you to our new little friend. Please meet The Harp Gathering Gnome. He will be traveling around the Harp Gathering website making sure all is well and keeping all of us on our toes. Now, he is a bit mischievous and likes to play games, so in order to keep him happy all of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. have come up with a fun little game that not only will keep The Harp Gathering Gnome occupied, but will also include all of our Harp Gatherlings in the fun too.

Here is how it works, the Harp Gathering Gnome will start his travels around the Harp Gathering website on Saturday, November 8th. Your job is to find The Harp Gathering Gnome somewhere on the Harp Gathering website (this picture on the left does not count!). He might be in plain view, among the text on one of The Harp Gathering website pages, or maybe he might include himself in one of the many pictures found here. You never know where he might turn up... HeeHeeHee... Once you find the Harp Gathering Gnome all you have to do is go to the "contact us" page and fill out the form, include where you found the Harp Gathering Gnome in the comment section, and submit it. If you are the first Harp Gatherling to submit your answer, with the correct location, you will be placed in a drawing for 2 free standard room nights (15-16 May 2015) at the Sauder Heritage Inn. You must be a full harp registrant to collect your prize which will be drawn on Friday night, May 15th, 2015 at the opening concert. After the Harp Gathering Gnome is found he will move to another location and the fun starts all over again with all of our Harp Gatherlings searching for our playful little Harp Gathering Gnome. You are free to enter as many times as you like (the more you enter, the better your odds of winning!). That's all there is to it!

So, stay tuned and visit the Harp Gathering website often as we always like to have you visit!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

10/16/14

Introducing "Tip of The Week," here on the Harp Gathering website....

All of us here at Harp Gathering H.Q. are excited and pleased to announce that we will be posting a "Tip of the Week" from the pros. So, what this means is that all of our instructors, performers, and Harp Gathering staff will be submitting tips and each week we will post them in the "Tip of theWeek" box at the top of this page. Be sure to check back each week to see the lateset "Tip of the Week" and to see all of the other developments in store for the Harp Gathering in 2015!

Just an FYI, Thormahlen Harps has been added to the vendor list and includes a link to their website. Be sure to check them out as Sharon and Dave not only will be vendors at the Harp Gathering but will also be performers and instructors as well.

Stay tuned as there is always more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

10/6/14

Performer/Instructor Bios Posted...

We are pleased to announce that all the performer and instructor bios are posted and ready for your perusal.

We will be starting to work on getting workshop titles and descriptions up really soon, so stay tuned!

We look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

9/8/14

The 2015 Performer/ Instructor lineup is complete...

We are pleased to announce the the 2015 Harp Gathering Performer/Instructor lineup is complete...WooHoo!

Rounding out the gang in 2015 will be none other then the legendary Ray Pool, the quintessential instructor and performer. This is Ray's first appearance at the Harp Gathering and we are excited to have him join us!!!

Next, Sharon and Dave Thormahlen will be joining us, not only as vendors, but as performers and instructors as well. Both, Sharon and Dave are gifted musicians and clinicians!

Finally, we are sad to anounce that we will not be having a Harp Gathering in North Carolina in 2015. It is unfortunate that we didn't have the turnout that we needed in order to schedule another North Carolina Gathering. Now this doesn't mean that we won't return to North Carolina, however we need to do some further evaluation as to the best location and time of year to have it. We truly enjoyed ourselves in North Carolina and it is an absolutely breathtaking area for such an event! We would welcome any input all of you Harp Gatherlings can offer and the more folks we hear from, the more likely it is that we will come back! So give us a shout and let us know that you're ready to kick it, Harp Gathering style : )

The Harp Gathering website has had quite a few updates made and there are many more to come so keep checking back often.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

8/26/14

A BIG SHOUT OUT to our 2015 Harp Gathering Sponsors...so far : )

 

Lewis Creek Instruments will again be providing the Grand Prize Harp at the 2015 Harp Gathering at The Sauder Heritage Inn, in gorgeous Archbold, Ohio. All of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. want to thank Jeff Lewis for his continued support and sponsorship of our event!!! Lewis Creek Instruments Sponsoring the 2015 Harp Gathering!

 

We'll keep you informed as things continue to develop. We are working on booking more Instructor/Performers and will be sure to post them as we finalize them. In the meantime keep watching the Harp Gathering website as we will be starting to update it for the 2015 Harp Festival!!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

8/13/14

So, all of us here at Harp Gathering H.Q. are starting to get back into the swing of things and laying the groundwork for the 2015 Harp Gathering. Can you believe this will be our 8th year??? All I can say is "WOW!!!"

Well, with that being said, we have begun booking the 2015 Instructors/Performers and thus far we have:

TAPESTRY (Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon) - As Always : )
Frank Voltz - Dazzling!!!
Kim Robertson - Witty and Engaging!!!
Martha Gallagher - Full of Spunk and Energy!!!
TBA... (Who do you think should fill this slot?)
TBA... (Who do you think should fill this slot???)

Now, we are looking to make 2015 our best attended year yet and we are looking at some fun ways to get all of our Harp Gatherlings involved in getting the word out about our way-cool party, but more on that a bit later : )

Currently the Harp Gathering website still has a lot of 2014 information on it and the blog page (the one you're reading right now - heehee) is the only page that has had any updating. That will change shortly and we'll start loading the site with lots of fun stuff to read so stay tuned...

And as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!