The world's first ever Harp Guitar Compilation CD!
13 tracks presenting the current "state of the art' in contemporary harp guitar - featuring top artists from around the globe: Muriel Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Larry Berwald, John Doan, Bill Dutcher, Iwan Hasan, Stacy Hobbs, James Kline, Dan LaVoie, Andy McKee, Gregg Miner, Tom Shinness and Andy Wahlberg.
Beyond Six Strings was produced by world-renowned harp guitarists Stephen Bennett and John Doan with harp guitar authority Gregg Miner. Soliciting these cuts from the top players around the world, the intent was to focus on the music and not just chops – and we believe we have more than succeeded!
These instrumental solos are played on all manner of harp guitars. The variety of harp guitars with extra bass strings, extra treble strings, steel strings and nylon strings provides a sonic and musical soundscape that transcends the capabilities of the ordinary 6-string guitar.
The most exciting news of all is that the harp guitar community has been steadily growing over the last couple of decades into a true movement. The instrument has moved well beyond “novelty” status, and these players – and many more on the horizon – consistently demonstrate that harp guitar music is here to stay!
"How many strings does a guitar have? Six, you say? Well, what about the 12-string made famous by Leo Kottke? Tenor guitars? The world of guitar has long ventured outside the bounds of what many people consider a "normal" instrument with a mere six strings. The past two decades has seen a resurgence of historic and musical interest in harp guitars, which first began to appear in this country at the turn of the 20th century when Knutsen, Dyer, and the Larsons made and marketed various forms of harp guitars -- those with extra strings usually attached to a second head, which gave the instrument a plethora of tones and colors. Gibson also got in on the action in those early days. "Beyond Six Strings" is a terrific collection of tunes by modern impresarios of guitars both old and new with lots of strings. Three of the players (and the producers) on this CD are well known for their long-time support for all things harp guitar: John Doan, Steven Bennett, and Gregg Miner, who provides the brief introduction to harp guitars in the liner notes. The packaging of the disc is top notch, with excellent notes on the songs and artists, as well as photos of some of the instruments. Each of the players on the disc has a personal love affair with these instruments. We hear all sort sorts of playing from two-handed tapping on "Emmet's Rising" by Andy Wahlberg and "The Friend I Never Had" by Andy McKee, to gentle fingerpicking on "Clarsah" by Muriel Anderson on a custom nylon string harp requinto crafted by luthier Mike Doolin. The oldest instrument is an 1899 Knutsen played by Miner on "Deserted Island," sounding like a standard OM with some extra bass strings (and looking like it, too). The tonal palette is stretched to its limits on "In John Fahey There Is No East or West" by John Doan on a 20 stringed Sullivan-Elliott harp guitar, while Bennett lets the droning deep bass strings ring on "November" to close a wonderful recording of guitar music, and a must-have for anyone interested in these fascinating instruments." © Kirk Albrecht, www.minor7th.com