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Festival Dates...
May 17, 2018 Optional Extra Day
May 18-20, 2018 Regular Festival

The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
2018 Performer/Instructors!!!

Tip of the Week...

Check in weekly for tips and tricks from the pros!

Tuning your harp

Harpists don't realize the value and importance of tuning their harps correctly. It comes down to a simple question, "Do you want your harp to ring or not?" I don't know about you, but I want my harp to SING (and ring)!

Find the first wire string (or wound string) closest to you. Start at that string and tune down to the bottom of the harp. Now find the string above the first wire string (or wound string). Start at that string and tune up to the top of the harp.

When you tune going down, you won't notice anything, but when you tune up, you will notice a sympathetic vibration when you have tuned the string to the correct pitch. You can damp the string you just tuned and it will still continue to ring because the lower strings that you tuned first will still be ringing due to the sympathetic vibration of the harp. That sympathetic vibration indicates that you have tuned the string correctly.

-Frank Voltz



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So Much to Tell...

So, my timing is all messed up!!! I have been dealing with putting out fire, after fire, after fire etc...

Ok...enough with the excuses...lets get back in the saddle and get this party started!!!

First, a new "Tip of the Week" (or when ever I manage to get one posted....very heavy sigh!!!). Great advice from Mr. Frank Voltz about tunig your harp to make it sing....Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti_Dooooooooo.

Next, we have a new vendor joining at The Harp Gathering in 2018, Embellish by Carol Martin. Do make sure to stop by her booth and see all of her trinkets and treasures!!

Next after that, we have the concert schedule posted so be sure to swing by the Concerts page and peruse at your leisure!

Just before finally, Lynda Kuckenbrod from Sound Werk Certification Course will be sponsoring the Friday evening reception....BIG HAND for Lynda....WooHoo!!!!!!!!

And finally...for all you Instagram fans, Denise finally got me to start my own profile so if your are interested in seeing my photographs, that I've been posting, head on over to Instagram and Follow @photoguitardude and you can see all my awesome photos that I've been sharing with the world!!! If you're not on Instagram you can download the app to your smart phone and set up a profile in about 5 minutes. If you're not really into posting photos, you can just set up a profile so you can cruze around Instagram and check out all the incredible photos and wonderful stories people are posting. It's certainly my favorite piece of social media technology!!!

Ok, that about does it for now...stay tuned because we're itchin' to have another registration contest in the near future...BIG FAT WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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



Another Tip of the Week...

I know, I'm working on my timing but as they say..."Better late than never!" A new Tip of the Week is posted, great words of wisdom from Harper Tasche.

Also, have a look at Frank Voltz's updated bio on the Instructor/Talent page, a very impressive read!

Finally, Joy Slavens from Expressions of Joy will be joining us in 2018 as a vendor.

More to come so stay tuned!

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



Ok, so Denise and Kim are giving me the blues...!!!

I know it's been a while since I last posted...very heavy sigh!!!

So, here are a few updates and I'll try to do better about being more timely.

First, A new "Tip of the Week" (I know, I says "Week!"). Check out what Dr. Diana Rowan has to say about practice!

Next, we have our Friday lobby performers posted on the Schedule page so do peruse at your leisure!

And finally, there are new teachers posted on the Harp Teacher Finder page, so if you are in the market for a local instructor or perhaps an on-line instructor, have a look as there are many to choose from!

More to come soon (REALLY!!!) and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!



Performer Bios Posted and More...

Well. first of all, all of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. hope that all of you Harp Gatherlings are having a great summer! Believe it or not, we have been hard at work, this summer, planning for the 2018 Harp Gathering. It may not look like it, at first blush, but we are laying the foundation for another super fun weekend of workshops, performances, yummy food and camaraderie.

We have posted bios of some of our 2018 performers so check 'em out on the Performer Page! Also, we are pleased to announce that Cass Jendzurski has agreed to come back and give some more of her insightful workshops. And while we are on the subject of return artists, we were informed that Harper Tasche's music theory and modes workshop was very popular and that students couldn't get enough of modes. With that being said, Harper has agreed to finish the job and devote an entire workshop to the subject of modes, so if you're interested in taking your playing to the next level and spicing it up with Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian you won't want to miss Harper's follow-up workshop! WooHoo!!!!!!

Next, our Tip of the Week is now posted and ready for your perusal!

Finally, we are also working on a top secret project and as we have more details we might let all of you Harp Gatherlings in on it...but not just yet!!! Hmmmm...what could it be??? : )

Be sure to check back soon and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!



Thanks for a Great 10th Anniversary!!!

Something to remember our wonderful time together this year! Keep checking back and more to come soon.

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