What do you think of the harp guitar?

Is it worth playing a harp guitar? Does it make you a better guitarrist if you can play one? How much does it cost?? (lol) Overall, what's your opinion on this exotic guitar?
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I think they are sweet! And the more instruments you can play, the better! Unfortunately, I think they are very, very expensive.
I'd love to try one... would take some getting use to though.

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If you've ever seen the Last Waltz, Robbie Robertson is playing one in the ending sequence i believe. But Andy McKee has really popularized them.
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I've been GASing for one for years.
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I've owned my Harp Sympitar (24-string harp guitar dedicated to Michael Hedges) since it was completed in 2002. Before that I had never actually played one and had to teach myself, as there are not many instructional materials out there. It was really Michael Hedges that "re-popularized" these instruments back in the 80's... (no offense to my friend Andy McKee).

You can learn pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about harp guitars on harpguitars.net, BTW.

Anyway, my whole style has been enhanced by this beautiful instrument. The long "pedaling" bass notes below my fingerstyle and tap notes really adds a whole new dimension to both the tunes I write and my own compositional style. The instrument is definitely unique in the acoustic world and has almost no limits in where you can take it.

A few things to note:

If you're going to commit to this instrument, you will want to understand string stopping techniques fairly well. It's really important in achieving the proper sound as those long pedaling bass notes are beautiful but they can go on forever.

The sustain on these instruments is typically waaaaaay longer than most 6 strings, from the fact that they have so much more string area to help propagate the notes you play. Mine sounds like a grand piano from top to bottom.

There are plenty of "bad harp guitars" out there... there is a ton more tension associated with all those strings and it can take a toll over the years on the bridge and the top of the guitar, as well as the neck. Make sure you get a decent instrument if you're going to go for one at all. It's better to spend a few extra bucks early, trust me.

Here's a video of mine in action at my house... just something I taped to demonstrate the instrument and show my arrangement of Michael Hedges' tune "Chava's Song". I think it's a decent representation of what the instrument can do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBKKRBc9avA&fmt=18

My other tunes include tap notes and other techniques that take full advantage of the harp guitar's capabilities. I've spent a few years now working hard to perfect my own technique on this instrument, but there are plenty of great players out there like Stephen Bennett, Andy McKee and others in the harp guitar community that have their own amazing approach. You can find "Because It's There" tab/notation from Michael Hedges on stropes.com, by the way.

If it was the money in my own account... and the instrument was sweet... I'd buy it. Enjoy and good luck!
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wow, that's awesome.

Thanks! Glad you dig it. Harp guitars take things up a notch. I hope this inspires all of you to go out and get your hands on one of these monsters.

Here's some others from my live shows... I think they illustrate what can be done with a harp guitar in two different modes. One with a bass player (Manring, in this case) and the other using tap notes in duet with a guzheng.

Jeff Titus & Michael Manring playing Chava's Song (Michael Hedges) live:

Jeff Titus & Gregg Miner playing Wood Dragon (original) live: