Already sold on the instrument and now eager to learn how to play a Harp Guitar? Go directly to the video guitar lessons or just add this course to your cart, download it and dig in immediately. There's no question you've come to the right place.
On the other hand, if you've never played or have yet to experience a harp guitar performance--don't go anywhere. This course may change your musical destiny. At the very least, you're about to acquire a taste for a spectacular ear-bending breed of guitar music.
Start by treating yourself to audio samples off of Stephen Bennett's latest CD, In-A-Gadda-Da-Stephen and then a few videos of Stephen's performances on TrueFireTV. We'll wait.
OK, not what you expected, right? Indeed, the harp guitar dates back a couple of centuries and the instrument has facilitated the composition and performance of an impressive range of classical, parlor and folk music (check out Gregg Miner's Modern Organology of Historical and Modern Harp Guitars).
Today however, an impressive group of world-class acoustic and fingerstyle players have adopted the instrument and given birth to a new generation of contemporary harp guitar music that has sparked great interest from listening audiences the world over. Amateur and pro players across a variety of styles are likewise smitten and have added the instrument to their collection. Fair warning to players: without even touching them, the overtones generated by the additional bass strings will alone intoxicate and addict you instantly.
One of the core players at the heart of the harp guitar movement is American guitarist, Stephen Bennett. Stephen is widely respected as one of the most versatile and original guitarists performing today. With nearly 20 CD recordings to his credit, Bennett is a prolific composer who consistently garners critical praise and audience enthusiasm for his recordings and live performances.
"My objective with Harp Guitar Basics is to take you through a series of musical arrangements to get you acquainted with my approach to the harp guitar. I start with the assumption that you already have at least some minimal experience playing finger-style on a standard 6-string guitar. But even if you have never played guitar and somehow have wound up with a harp guitar, you will still be served well by the simple arrangements presented in the course."
No tedious theory or exercises here. You will learn harp guitar by playing through six of Stephen's arrangements during which he covers tunings, techniques, all of the basics and few advanced tricks of the trade to keep you inspired and on your toes. Bennett worked up the following arrangements and lesson plan for your introduction to harp guitar: Stephen Foster's tune, Gentle Annie; Turlough O'Carolan's Bridget & Elanor (two tunes in one); an English folk song, The Water is Wide; Antonin Dvorak's Largo movement from that symphony, commonly known as Going Home; and Bennett's own Perestroika.
All in all, Harp Guitar Basics will treat your ears, tickle your musical senses and get you up and running quickly!
P.S. Once you've got these basic harp guitar chops together, go directly to Bennett's Harp Guitar Repertoire and take on seven more tunes, all written by Bennett and all composed specifically for harp guitar. In fact, go and check out the videos samples now for a peek at your future as a harp guitarist.
P. P. S. If you don't yet own a harp guitar, there are now some very affordable options on the market due to its rising popularity amongst players. Holloway recently introduced a Stephen Bennett model that you can pick up very reasonably.