thorharpdotcombo: Dave & Sharon Thormahlen
Dave and Sharon Thormahlen play mostly original compositions by Sharon on instruments built by Dave. What a great team! The instruments are harp, guitar, mandolin along with the newly added, banjo. Their original tunes are like musical watercolors. They invoke images of the beauty in our natural environment. They also play some fun Irish tunes, lively South American tunes, some familiar tunes, and they have even been known to sing a few. (see tune list below) Sharon says, "We may not rock but we sure do ROLL!"
Dave and Sharon have perfomed in Corvallis at Fireworks Restaurant, Belle Valle Wine Cellars, Imagine Coffee House, The Best Cellar Coffee House, Regent Court Care Center and Retirement Home, Stoneybrook Retirement Home, StoneyBrook Assisted Living Home, Timberhill Retirement Home, art openings and other events.
Here's a video of Dave and I performing Mason William
Here's a segment of the House Concert in Spokane, Washington we did in June.
Upcoming Public Performances:
"Dave and Sharon Thormahlen are Corvallis treasures making a gorgeous product that is a genuine throwback to a forgotten age. Their harps are a vision to behold, and they sound great. You normally don't intend on hearing harps until your translucent spirit rises from your dead body and perches on a cloud, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't hear some harp music a little earlier than planned!" Corvallis Advocate
"What a delightful evening listening to the beautiful music that you two make together!" Cindy Crosby
My mother and I very much enjoyed your music at Imagine
Cafe last night and the conversation with Dave regarding building instruments.
It's been the best concert I've attended since arriving (in Corvallis).
Regent Court Retirement Home
Your original music was my favorite of whole evening. They evoked images, memories, and emotions. Thank you!!! You and Dave were certainly worth it! Cynthia
It was a great concert. I thought you and Dave were particularly good last night. Jan Dromlewicz
Thank you so much for yesterdays performance!!! You guys are terrific and the residents and their Families love you guys! You are a huge hit...Thank you and see you next month. Shanna (Willamette Springs Memory Care)
We have heard many comments about your playing at our open house, and I just wanted to thank you again for sharing your gift of music. I also appreciate how you play a diverse selection. Dave Cudo, Raymond James Investmetns
"I thoroughly enjoyed your performance, such a great diversity of music you play." Christina Calkins, Breitenbush Music Coordinator
I really enjoyed your Christmas music. You and your husband are wonderful musicians! Katchen Moa, Videx, Inc
Are you coming to Somerset this year? I loved your concert last year and your CD is one of my favorites. Marjorie Markowitz
Live From the Harp Shop
Check out their new CD: LiveFromtheHarpShop
"Thank you for the concert Sat. at Imagine Coffee. Your music is uplifting and delightful. An aspect that makes it very special is your personal energy and relationship to the sounds of the music. David, the art of your musical instrument building is a treasure and Sharon, your compositions are lovely. Warm Regards and blessings" Shirley
"Thank you so much for coming to Missoula and presenting
your workshops and concert! I enjoyed the day, and really enjoyed your
music at the Starving Artist -- such easy listening music and very
"It was great having you and Dave here (in Coeur d'Alene)
and I've heard nothing but positive comments on the workshops!! Thank
you for coming and let's talk again in 2017!!" Kim Davidson
Dave & Sharon have a special program for retirement homes that include fun sing-a-longs and "little known" facts about the familiar tunes in their set.
South American/Latin or tunes from other exotic
Marylhurst Handmade Instrument Show
April, 28, 2012
We also do a number of workshops for harpists and other musicians as well.
1. THE METRONOME/Your New Best Friend: We start by talking briefly about the history and kinds of metronomes. We then move on to some clapping and moving our bodies to the metronome. We play progressively more involved etudes while really paying attention to the beat of the metronome that we will take from 60bpm to 200bpm. You will be amazed at the speed you can play when we take it up slowly. There is also a page of duet etudes.
2. 3RDS, 5THS AND 6THS AS HARMONY: Harmony is one way to dress up your music. Using 3rds, 5ths & 6ths, we will learn when you can use each interval, and why. We will also use a piece of music to see how this works. These harmonies can be added to your tune as a second time around to make your music more interesting.
3. COMFORT CHORDS: Learn how to play and recognize chord inversions, and how to easily read them off the music score. Using major chords, you will experience shaping your hand and placing your fingers on the strings in the root position, first inversion and second inversion for each chord. By playing some inversion etudes, you will memorize these inversions by seeing them played with your fingers. After this workshop, the harp will make more sense and your playing will reach another level.
4. MUSIC THEORY/Improvising: This is kind of a nerdy approach to music theory, starting with the circle of 5ths and how it relates to 1-4-5 chords, then going into scales, how chords are made (major, minor, 7ths, suspended 2nds and 4ths, etc.) and how to use this information ultimiatly for improvising. It would also relate to key signatures, lever configurations, and how to color your chords with tones not in the major triad. There are many "AHA" moments in this workshop. Even though it’s theory, it would be a “hands on your harp” workshop for any level.
5. STRING TYING AND HARP TUNING
6. ELEMENTS OF ARRANGING
Includes lever regulation, repairing small dings, the elusive buzz, tuning pin issues, weather and humidity, cleaning your harp and any questions answered.
8. ACCOMPANYING THE HARPIST
9. BEGINNING HARP
"I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your class. I have a new metronome tuner combo & I am using the metronome all the time for scales and pieces I'm learning. It is forcing me to play more smoothly (and slowly ?)and to quit cheating! It really lets me know when I can't make a transition... woe!!" Robin Tower, Southeastern Harp Weekend.
"Loved your personalized interest in each student at whatever level they were at. You made me feel welcome." Annonymous
"The workshop was well paced and geared appropriately for the group even considering you had a variety of playing levels in attendance. I enjoyed your style of teaching. You explained things very well. I still use the tuning technique you taught me and I really like that." Janice Mineer (workshop organizer) Montana
"Sharon made the Metronome easy. After struggling with the Metronome for years, I now having a better understanding on how to use it & how it works. Also, how it can make your playing better. That light bulb was shining bright over my head when I left." Annonymous Southeastern Harp Weekend
"Sharon gave out some good tips on inversions, which were very clever. Many different levels of students in this class made it a little difficult for some, but everyone got it in the end." Annonymous Southeastern Harp Weekend
Thormahlen Harps | 1876 SW Brooklane Corvallis, Oregon 97333 | (541) 753-4334 | firstname.lastname@example.org