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
Lingo. We were performing the Saturday night concert at
an informal music camp at Simcoe Mountain in Washington State.
Here's a segment of the House
Concert in Spokane, Washington we did
Upcoming Public Performances in 2017:
Thanksgiving at Brietenbush Hot Springs!!!
Performances on Wednesday Nov 22 and Friday Nov 24 in the lodge.
December 16th Christmas Sing-a-long
with Audrey Perkens and John Bliss at Imagine Coffee House, 7-9pm
SW Philomath Blvd, 541 286-4340
December 24th at Fireworks restaurant in Corvallis 6-9pm
That's all for now. Hope you can make it to one of our gigs.
"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
"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).
original music was my favorite of whole evening. They evoked images,
memories, and emotions. Thank you!!! You and Dave were certainly worth
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
interview appearing in a local paper
"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
Alice Williams (Board member of the International
Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen)
"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.
In the Wind
The Night Sky
The Singing Tree
A Rose in Winter
Birds of Blueridge
Van Gogh Canyon
Mayne Island Waltz
Wolf at the Big Odell
Last Leaves of Autumn
Moon Over the Mountain
Nanalou O Kohola (Waves of the Whale)
In My Life
City of Stars
And I Love
Red River Valley
Love Me Tender
Over the Rainbow
Till There Was You
Swingin' On a Star
Bicycle Built for Two
Fly Me to the Moon
America the Beautiful
This Land Is Your Land
When You Wish Upon a Star
Here, There and Everywhere
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Can't Help Falling in Love With You
Irish/Celtic type tunes
Wolf at the Big Odell
Gander in the Pratie Hole
Star of the County Down
Planxty George Brabazon
Merrily Kiss the Quaker
South American/Latin or tunes from other exotic
Old San Juan
Tourner à Trois
Quiero Ser Tu Sombra
Mi Ha Ish (Who is this man who seeks peace)
Im Eshcahech (I Won't Forget You O Jerusalem)
Stiil Still Still
The First Noel
Deck the Halls
Jingle Bell Rock
Joy to the World
O Christmas Tree
Christmas in Killarny
Frosty the Snowman
In the Bleak MidWinter
Here Comes Santa Claus
Ding Dong Merrily On High
God Rest Ye
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Angels We Have Heard On High
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Let it Snow! Let it
Snow, Let it Snow!
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts
Roasting on an Open Fire)
Marylhurst Handmade Instrument Show
April, 28, 2012
(Photos by James White)
We also do a number of workshops for harpists and other
musicians as well.
1. THE METRONOME/Your New Best Friend (Sharon)
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 (Sharon)
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 CHORD (Sharon)
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 THEORYIMPROVISING (Sharon)
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
theory, it would be a “hands on your harp” workshop for any
5. STRING TYING AND HARP TUNING (Sharon)
Using rope and sticks (which I have for each participant) I show how
to tie a knot for your harp string. Then we do it with real string.
I show how to secure the string to the tuning pin. I go over some tuning
tips that will increase the speed at which you tune your harp. We talk
about any problems people have with string tying or tuning.
6. ELEMENTS OF ARRANGING (Sharon)
I use the tune Star of the County Down to show a variety of arranging
ideas (left and right hand) including different chord configurations,
chord tones played in a different order, parallel 6ths or 10ths in
the left hand which follow the melody in the right hand, echoing of
the melody in the bass line, arpeggios (1-5-8-9-10), chord substitutions,
varying your pick up notes, varying your melody notes, pedaling a lower
note with the melody, treble echo notes up high. We can talk about
introductions and endings.
7. PICK A CHORD, ANY CHORD (Sharon)
When learning a song from a lead sheet with only the melody line, it
can be challenging to figure out what chords to play with your left
hand. In this workshop, Sharon will provide practical tips to
help you figure out what chords go with the melody. You will learn
what the “chord family” is and how to use it.
8. BEGINNING HARP (Sharon)
You’re excited – you just got a harp. You want to make beautiful
sounds, but you’re wondering how to get started. The good news
is you can have fun AND create pleasing music with your harp even as
Sharon will take you on a tour of your harp – and talk about what to do
with your fingers. You’ll learn some of simple patterns, and then
discover how to make them musical. A super preparation if you are a true beginner! You’ll
even get individual attention.
9. ACCOMPANYING THE HARPIST (Dave and Sharon)
Often a harpist has a spouse, friend or relative that plays an instrument but
doesn't know how to fit in with a harp player. Dave and I play together using
a chordal instrument, the guitar, and a melody instrument, the mandolin or
banjo. There are some things to know for both the harpist and the accompanist
that makes it easier to play together. This workshop can help get you started
10. HARP MAINTENANCE
Includes lever regulation, repairing small dings, the elusive buzz, tuning pin
issues, weather and humidity, cleaning your harp and any questions answered.
11. DINGS, BUZZES AND GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING (Dave)
Dave will talk about repairing small dings, the elusive buzz, tuning pin issues,
weather and humidity, and cleaning your harp. Bring questions. This workshop
is good for all harpists and companions.
12. LEVER REGULATION (Dave)
A more involved look at what's involved in regulating the levers on your harp.
Dave will show you how to get a perfect half step with your levers using
both bridge pin placement and lever mechanism placement. This workshop is
good for all harpists and companions.
"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
"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
"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