What is a Harp Guitar?
- by Gregg Miner
guitar, in any of its accepted forms,
with any number of additional
"floating" unstopped strings that can
accommodate individual plucking.
modern harp guitar must have at least one unfretted
string lying off the main fretboard; these
unfretted strings are played as an open string.
word "harp" is a specific reference to the
unstopped open strings, and is not specifically
a reference to the tone, pitch range, volume,
silhouette similarity, construction, floor-standing
ability, nor any other alleged "harp-like"
Why is it important?
(and why have I never heard of it?)
you will learn throughout Harpguitars.net, the harp guitar has an
incredibly long, rich, diverse and utterly fascinating history (since
the mid-1600's!). Though called by many different names throughout
history and the world, it has resurfaced at least once per century in
some part of the world and for various musical purposes - some obsolete,
some not. The most recent resurgence is our own late 20th Century
re-discovery that has been growing for decades and continues to spread
time, the harp guitar will not so soon be forgotten!
Gregg Miner, president,
The Harp Guitar Foundation
The Harp Guitar
Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes
within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).