Popular Harp Pieces for Wedding Season

For harpists, sometimes wedding season is an all year occasion! Here are some of our favorite pieces that are easy to learn, recognizable and popular for weddings. All of these solo pieces or harp arrangement compilations you can purchase at Summerhays Music Center in our Murray location. Or call 801-268-4446.   From “Groovy Songs of […]

Harp Wedding Music

How to Wear Your Pratt Sprite Harp

The Pratt Sprite lap harp is fun because you can wear it a couple of different ways when playing. In this video Harp Specialist Allison Brown shows us how to play the Sprite harp with the lap bar as well as standing with the use of a guitar strap.   The Pratt Sprite Harp comes […]

Spending too much time tuning?

Try one or more of the following tips on tuning your harp so that you can use more of your time for practice! Use only one day out of the week to really tune every string on your harp. The rest of the week, only tune the obviously problematic strings with your electric tuner. Become […]

What to Consider When Purchasing a Bow

There are four main things to consider when buying a bow • Material Used • Flexibility • Weight • Sound Material Used: Fiberglass is lightweight and affordable. It is known for durability, but not for its resonant qualities. Fiberglass is an excellent bow for beginners. Pernambuco is the most sought after wood for string instrument […]

Carbon Fiber Bows

Dusty Strings Mariachi 34 Harp-Coming Spring 2017

We are so excited about Dusty Strings’ new Mariachi 34 string harp. Maricachi style harp performance is getting more and more attention and excitement in the harp world. It was fascinating to see Willy Acuna play at the Dusty Strings booth at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and we are loving the sound […]

Dusty Strings Mariachi Harp

The Correct Use of Fine Tuners

The Correct Use of Fine Tuners A professional instrument will often only have one fine tuner on the E string. Over time the fine tuner will get screwed all the way in and become useless in tuning. Before you start the tuning process, unscrew the fine tuner until the screw hits the lower part of the […]

The correct use of fine tuners

The Correct Position of a Violin Bridge

Christian Rapp of Summerhays Music works with all sorts of bow-string instruments. Many students bring in instruments with broken bridges and say “I opened my case and the bridge was broken. I didn’t do anything.” Over the years Christian has observed that not all the broken bridges are due to accidents or mishandling. A negligence […]

violin with correct bridge placement

How to String a Violin

HOW TO STRING A VIOLIN Most strings are rolled in an envelope. Different brands of strings have different colored silking on one end to differentiate between the various strings. The specific brand used in our video has yellow silking as a way to recognize it as a G string. There is a ball on the […]

How to string a violin

Elan Trotman Saxophone Clinic: Improvisation

Elan Trotman Saxophone Clinic: Improvisation Improvisation Tips From Elan Trotman. A summary of this section of his Summerhays Music November Clinic. To play a song and improvise over it you need to know the root of a song, or what key it is in. Everything is built on that note, and you need to know […]

Elan Trotman

How to make a Harp String Knot then put the string on your harp

How to make a Harp String Knot then put the string on your harp Make two loops at the end of your harp string. First loop will tuck into the second loop. 1st-4th octave strings will need an end piece as an anchor. Anchors can be made from old or broken 5th octave strings. Check […]

How to make a harp string knot and string it on a harp