Tim Donahue Official News
JANUARY 7, 2015: NEW FRETLESS GUITAR BOOK RELEASED
I recently had the great honor of writing the forward to "FRETLESS GUITAR The Definitive Guide",
a new book by UK fretless guitarist, producer and leading authority of the instrument, Jeff Berg.
There are guitar books, and there are guitar books...but this ground-breaking book is the bible of fretless guitar.
Finally, there is a world-class book that eloquently documents the instrument I've had a love affair with for over 30 years.
Thanks to Jeff Berg's tireless research, players now have a resource for information on all aspects related to this still
somewhat rare (but not as rare as you may think) modern guitar. Besides chronicling numerous fretless guitar artists
and albums, there is a thorough history & timeline as well as detailed info on fretless guitar set up, tips & playing techniques
and festivals. Readers will enjoy the visual aspect of the book too, with it's many high-quality photos and classy print.
I'm proud to congratulate Jeff Berg on this monumental achievement.
See the above cover photo and click here for details on where to purchase "FRETLESS GUITAR The Definitive Guide"
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM TIM DONAHUE HARP GUITARS!
JANUARY 1, 2015: 2015 HARP GUITAR PRODUCTION BEGINS
Thank you to everyone who has ordered a 2015 Tim Donahue Harp Guitar from our 4th production run,
which commences this month! See our 2015 Harp Guitar products page and pricing page for details.
10/26/2014 ELECTRIC HARP GUITAR / GREGORIAN CHANT CONCERT
On December 1st, I will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform solo harp guitar at a mini-cathedral in Japan.
The Mishima Plaza Hotel Solumier has a ceiling that reaches to the heavens, so the acoustics are truly amazing.
I'm now composing specifically for this concert and will be performing Gregorian chant with electric harp guitar.
Details can be found here. Come for a rare and magical night indeed!
10/25/2014 ELECTRIC HARP GUITAR NIGHT IN TOKYO- THANK YOU!
Thank you to everyone who turned out to my solo gig at WELCOMEBACK Tokyo! It was a magical night,
and the 2 and 1/2-hour performance went by so quickly. Thank you to a great audience who received the new music so warmly!
9/22/2014 ELECTRIC HARP GUITAR NIGHT IN TOKYO
Our first Electric Harp Guitar Night will be held at WELCOME BACK on 10/16 at 7:30PM. Tim will premier his newest HG works
and feature rare pieces from 2005 - present that have never performed in public. Come and join us for an intense evening
of electric harp guitar madness!
8/19/2014 NEW TD HARP GUITARIST
Congratulations to Sebastien Robert for being the newest player to join our roster of TD Harp Guitarists!
Sebastien is our 2nd player from France, and is the owner of our last Mahogany Fretted Model in stock.
Look for photos on the players page soon.
7/11/2014 NEW HG GALLERY PAGE UP
Check out the new Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitars gallery page
7/10/2014 ECLIPSE LIVE IN TOKYO
ECLIPSE will be at WELCOME BACK/TOKYO on July 31, premiering new music for 3 varieties of electric
harp guitar. Join us as we welcome guest saxophonist Junichiro Watanabe onstage. Info in Japanese.
7/7/2014 PLAYERS PAGE UPDATED
Have a look at the updated players page as we welcome more new Tim Donahue Signature harp guitarists!
3/30/2014 ECLIPSE LIVE IN TOKYO
We look forward to seeing all our fans on April 11 when ECLIPSE performs at WELCOME BACK Tokyo.
Join us as we premier exciting new music with ECLIPSE's first guest performer, saxophone monster
Junichiro Watanabe joining us onstage. Click here for more info in Japanese.
2/2/2014 WHAT AN HONOR!
At a recent performance, ECLIPSE had quite a surprize when our good friend Kazuko-san came to the show
wearing a beautiful silk kimono that she embroidered herself with a Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitar
and Roland V-Drums! Incredible detail and delicate technique has gone into creating this masterpiece.
We have never been so moved... Thank you Kazuko-san!
2/2/2014 ECLIPSE AT GORILLA HOUSE, FEBRUARY 27th
Happy to announce another ECLIPSE performance on February 27 at Gorilla House, a classy hall
in Mishima Japan, just outside of Tokyo. Looking forward to seeing our Japanese fans as we premier
yet more new music for the upcoming new album. Click here for an announcement in Japanese.
2/2/2014 2014 HARP GUITAR PRODUCTION UPDATE
Our manufacturer has informed us that construction of our first 2014 reservation-order models is proceeding
and completion is expected the beginning of next month. Thank you to all our new players for your cherished
10/18/2013 ECLIPSE REUNION LIVE PERFORMANCE ON 11/14
After a 2-year break between performances, Tim Donahue & Akira Yamazaki will be back in full force
with a performance on November 14th at Welcome Back, Tokyo. We look forward to seeing our fans
as we premier lots of new music for a new upcoming album. Click here for an announcement in Japanese.
******** 10/15/2013 THANK YOU TO OUR NEWEST HARP GUITAR MEMBERS ********
Thank you to everyone who reserved a 2014 Tim Donahue Harp Guitar, scheduled to be completed
in February of next year. We look forward to announcing the many new players who have joined our
harp guitar family, so check back often to see the new 2014 TD harp guitars and artists!
7/18/2013 NEW 8-STRING MODEL SNEAK PEAK
Take a look at the new 2013 TD Harp Guitar 8-string model currently under construction!
This particular harp guitar features a slightly larger body and thicker ebony headstock
than those found on our 6-string models. This instrument is open for reservations,
just drop us an email for details.
7/8/2013 HARP GUITAR ORDER RESERVATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!
We are happy to announce that 2013 harp guitar production has been extended,
and we are able to accept custom-order reservations until October 15!
This will give more players the chance to order their harp guitars with a variety of
finishes and options, at the low price outlined on our pricing page.
7/7/2013 DR. FRET VERSION 3 UNVEILED
Thank you to all our players for your enthusiasm with DR. FRET versions 1 & 2.
We are happy to announce DR. FRET ver. 3, a new option soon to be available on TD Harp Guitars.
While versions 1 & 2 are mounted on the harp guitar head, DR. FRET ver. 3 is a series of frets mounted
on the harp guitar body, and fingered with the left hand. Innovations such as DR. DRET 1, 2 & 3 turn the
harp section of our guitar into an independent and versatile instrument unto itself, opening up all kinds
of musical possibilites.
DR. FRET ver. 3 is patent pending and may be offered on 2014 production harp guitars.
7/6/2013 TD HARP GUITAR LECTURE IN TOKYO
Tim Donahue will host a harp guitar lecture and performance on Sunday, July 21 @ 4:00PM
at Kunitachi Music Academy, Tokyo. The lecture is open to the public and will include
discussion on the history and development of TD harp guitars and Tim's music.
6/14/2013 ONLY TWO RESERVATIONS LEFT FOR 2013 HARP GUITAR MODELS
Thank you to everyone who has reserved a 2013 TD Harp Guitar, from this summer's production run.
We can only accept 2 more reservations at the pre-July 15 discount price, so don't hesitate to contact us
if you'd like a 2013 model!
6/13/2013 NEW FRETLESS HARP GUITAR ALBUM
Be sure to check out the new album "Les Mouvements" by TD Harp Guitarist Christophe GODBILLE of France.
This new CD features Christophe's tasteful playing on his Green Oil fretless TD Harp Guitar as well as other
beautiful compositions for fretless 6-string guitars and drums. Sit back and enjoy the cool and dreamy tracks of "Les Mouvements". Congratulations Christophe!
5/9/2013 GREAT NEW BOOK FOR GUITARISTS
My longtime friend and wonderful guitarist Lauren Passarelli recently published
a new book that all guitarists can benefit from. Check it out here!
5/3/2013 NEW PRODUCTS PAGE UP
Check out the new options available on our 2013 Harp Guitars here.
5/1/2013 TD HARP GUITAR 2013 PRODUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT
RESERVATION SYSTEM & PRICE REDUCTION ANNOUNCMENT
NEW FAQ PAGE ONLINE
1.) We are happy to announce 2013 TD Harp Guitar models will start production this July!
This year, we offer improved versions of DR. HOOK and DR. FRET as options,
a choice of 650mm long scale and new high-gloss Black & Natural Mahogany finishes.
Look for details on the new products webpage.
2.) Thank you to everyone waiting to purchase a TD Harp Guitar.
We announce a new reservation system that will allow each harp guitar to be tailored
to our customer's needs. And, we offer a huge price reduction for all TD Harp Guitars
reserved before July 15th, 2013. See details of our reservation system and new prices here.
3.) Check out the FAQ page, with Tim Donahue's harp guitar tuning chart and new info on electronic tuners.
4/8/2013 NEW TD HARP GUITAR PLAYER PICS UP
Check out TD Harp Guitarist Derek Dallenger and his Green Oil Fretless Model on our player's page.
4/7/2013 DR. FRET PROGRESS
Development is continuing with DR. FRET, an optional accessory that raises the pitch of each harp string a
half-step, making it possible to play chord changes on the harp section alone.
3/17/2013 NEW TD HARP GUITAR ARTIST
We are happy to add longtime Stick player Derek Dallenger to our growing roster of TD Harp Guitarists!
Derek is the proud owner of our last fretless model in stock, the Green Oil HG pictured here. We very much
look forward to hearing Derek's approach to playing his new HG. Derek's rich musical world is documented
in his extensive website. Check it out and congratulations Derek!
3/15/2013 TIM DONAHUE WITH ITANI LIVE IN TOKYO
I'm looking forward to another night of guitar madness with my good friend Nozomi Itani and his band ITANI,
this Friday 3/22 at Welcome Back in Otsuka Tokyo. For those who love rock guitar, come see the battle
of the Flying V's (one fretless, the other fretted nonetheless). As usual, I'll start the evening off with solo
harp guitar and premier a new version of "Riff Raff" on HG!
2/20/2013 NEW TIM DONAHUE HARP GUITAR PLAYER PHOTOS
Tim is happy to add longtime fretless guitarist and builder Eric T. Fleisher to our players page.
Congratulations on your new Purple Oil fretless TD Harp Guitar Eric, and we look forward to hearing
more great music from you on your TD Harp Guitar in the near future!
2/19/2013 TIM DONAHUE HARP GUITAR LESSONS ANNOUNCEMENT
Tim has completed lessons 1 & 2 of a long-awaited series of Tim Donahue Harp Guitar DVD lessons!
These DVD's are available exclusively to Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitarists, and this DVD set will be
included free of charge with every TD Harp Guitar purchase. Many topics are covered in this 3-hour series:
Lesson 1: Tim's Harp Guitar Setup
Tim's Audio / Effects Processing Setup
F# Lowbass Tuning
Marking Harmonics On Harp Strings
Lesson 2A: Performance Video Of "Ostinato" Study Piece
Lesson 2B: "Ostinato" Playing Techniques Breakdown : Building Left / Right Hand Independence
Harp / Fingerboard Rhythmic Syncopation
Harmonized Melody On Harp
Harmonized Melody On Fingerboard
Harp Tapping / Percussive Grooves
3-Part Playing Technique / Exercizes
Behind Bridge Playing
2/18/2013 KMA TOKYO GUITAR SHOW
Tim is excited to once again host the 3rd KMA Guitar Show on Sunday, 2/24/2013. The show will feature
all handmade guitars by students as well as many vintage fretless and harp guitars made by Tim Donahue.
If you are in Tokyo, stop by and see why our slogan is "We Love Handmade Guitars!" An announcment in
Japanese can be found here.
1/19/2013 TD TOKYO DATE
Tim will guest with Nozomi Itani's band at Welcome Back in Tokyo, on Friday 1/25 in support of Nozomi's new
CD release STATION TO STATION. Tim will be solo on TD Harp Guitars for the first half of the night, and fretless rock guitar for the 2nd half. Looking forward to seeing my friends and fans on this night of guitar madness!
1/21/2013 TD HARP GUITARS WELCOMES NEW PLAYER
TD Harp Guitars would like to congratulate and welcome Eric T. Fleisher to our growing TD Harp Guitar family!
Eric is a very accomplished jazz/fusion guitarist and Berklee College of Music graduate, and also expert luthier
who has designed and built his own fretless guitars. To further his musical quest, Eric has chosen our Purple Oil Fretless Model seen below. Check out Eric with his band TOUCH.
1/1/2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM TD HARP GUITARS / NEW VIDEOS
A Happy New Year to all and here's looking to another great year for TD Harp Guitars!
The video page has been updated with some new live videos filmed at KMA Guitar Show in Tokyo.
The electric harp guitar sounds massive as ever, so I hope everyone enjoys the new footage!
12/25/2012 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM TD HARP GUITARS
Best Holiday wishes to everyone logging onto our site and thank you for making 2012
a great year.Look for new videos and Tim Donahue Harp Guitar options in 2013!
12/23/2012 TD HARP GUITARS WELCOMES NEW PLAYER
Congratulations to Nancy Conescu for her recent purchase of a beautiful Wine Red Oil finish TD Harp Guitar!
Nancy is a well-established performer and recording artist and we are proud to welcome her to our growing
family of electric harp guitarists. We look forward to hearing Nancy's music on her new TD Harp Guitar.
Check out Nancy's website and enjoy a a perfect world of music artistry.
12/22/2012 LOTSA USA NEWS
Lots of TD Harp Guitar activity since October! First off, my heartfelt thanks Gregg Miner, Stephen Bennett,
Joe Morgan, Frank Doucette and everyone behind the scenes who helped make the 10th Annual
Harp Guitar Gathering such a blast. It was a pleasure to not only perform on Day 1 and Day 2, but also
conduct a player's seminar and be part of the luthier's panel. Check out the pics below and Gregg Miner's
fantastic account of this world-class event.
Many thanks to Lewiston-Porter High School for hosting a TD harp guitar performance and career seminar
last November. It was great to stop by my old high school and discuss my recording career and also pass on
some knowledge about the music industry to the students. It was impressive to see Lewiston Porter's
unparalleled support of the arts. Check out this cool up-and-coming Lew-Port band as well as a pic
from the day's event:
12/17/2012 2ND ANNUAL KMA GUITAR SHOW A SMASHING SUCCESS
What a proud moment it was to host the 2nd annual Kunitachi Music Academy Guitar Show on December 16!
Some 40+ handmade guitars by students and Tim Donahue were on display as well as harp guitar performances
by TD and his student Yoichi Kayama. Check out some pics and look for a video online soon:
10/22/2012 HOPS & VINES NIGHT
For all my friends and fans in the Western New York area, I'll be with good friend and musician extraordinaire
Mike Killian at Hops & Vines in Lewiston NY, on Tuesday 10/30. With Mike's wonderful guitar & vocals and
electric harp guitar madness from yours truly, it will surely be a unique musical evening. Looking forward to
seeing many old friends there! I'll be playing my new Signature Harp Guitar for those interested in seeing
and hearing this amazing instrument played in an intimate setting.
I'll also be at Serene Gardens on Grand Island, NY, on Sunday 10/28 @ 6:30pm, to help raise funds for
victims of Japan's Great Tohoku Earthquake. Come out for a good cause, and hear some music never
heard outside of Japan, composed specially for this tragedy.
10/21/2012 BUFFALO STATE UNIVERSITY LECTURE & MASTERCLASS
I'll be conducting a film scoring lecture and harp guitar performance seminar at Buffalo State University's
Rockwell Hall in upstate New York, on Saturday, 10/27 at 10:00AM. It will be an honor again to work with
Buffalo State University's world-class Music Department, so I very much look forward to this event!
8/6/2012 MADMEN & SINNERS ON JAZZ CHARTS?
How many people know that soon after it was released in 2004, the epic MADMEN & SINNERS
album was #1 on Amazon's jazz sales chart? Here is another incredible chart just found, with MADMEN
coming in at #3! Hope jazz fans listened to the album before buying it...
8/6/2012 TIM DONAHUE PERFORMANCES IN THE USA
Happy to announce I will be performing at the 10th Annual Harp Guitar Gathering (HGG10) this
November 2, 3, 4 at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie Texas. This event will feature some of the world's
most renown guitarists, with 3 days of concerts, seminars and lectures. In addition to the main concert,
I will be giving a player's seminar on my harp guitar playing techniques and will also give a separate lecture
on the development of my current production model harp guitars. This will surely be a memorable event for guitarists
and music lovers around the world, and I look forward to premiering lots of new solo music on the electric harp guitar.
Other Tim Donahue USA performances will soon be posted as they are confirmed.
7/5/2012 GREAT TOHOKU EARTHQUAKE BENEFIT CONCERT
Many thanks to a fantastic audience who turned out for the Great Tohoku Earthquake Benefit Concert on July 2,
making it a smashing success! Special thanks goes to the GIA staff, sound technicians and hotel support staff.
6/1/2012 "HEAVEN" VIDEO RELEASED
HEAVEN was one of the first tracks ECLIPSE ever recorded, and now the video is finally released!
5/28/2012 NEW VIDEO & GALLERY PAGES UP
Check out the new video page for a compilation of Tim's new and older works,
as well as the gallery page featuring new ECLIPSE video captures.
5/20/2012 NEW STOCKLIST & PRICING / OPTIONS PAGES UP
The current stock of Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitars can now be viewed on the stocklist page.
Pricing and harp guitar options have also been revised for 2012, and can be found here.
5/19/2012 NEW HARP GUITAR ARTIST
We would like to welcome Per Boysen of Sweden to the TD Signature Harp Guitar family! Per is a busy performer and quite active in the jazz/looping scene. He is our first player with the new Purple Oil Finish fretless Model. Check him out in the players page. Congratulations Per!
5/1/2012 NEW PROMOTION VIDEO POSTED
A new ECLIPSE promo video is online, featuring Tim Donahue & drummer Akira Yamazaki performing
SONIC SOLUTION. Best viewed on full screen with the volume cranked!
3/13/2012 NEW HARP GUITAR VIDEOS POSTED
Here are the first in a series of solo harp guitar vids for 2012: ST. ELMO'S FIRE and CAKEWALK.
3/3/2012 KMA GUITAR SHOW IN TOKYO
I'm happy to announce the first Kunitachi Music Academy Guitar Craft & Repair Show in Tokyo,
on March 24th - 25th. Between 40 - 50 beautiful handmade guitars, basses, and even a few
Tim Donahue prototype harp guitars will be on display. Tim will perform solo harp guitar and
will be on fretless guitar with his trio for the finale of the show. Looking forward to this event,
and hope to see lots of guitar lovers there! Details here.
3/2/2012 TD SIGNATURE HARP GUITAR BLOG
My humble thanks to harp guitar guru and my mentor Gregg Miner for his kind efforts in setting up
a classy Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitar Blog! Now players can communicate and share news
on TD Harp Signature Guitars, moderated by the world's foremost harp guitar authority and virtuoso,
Gregg Miner. The blog can be found here.
2/15/2012 LAST 6/6 MODEL IN STOCK
Due to the prolonged extraordinarily high yen exchange rate, we will soon be announcing a price increase
on 2012 Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitars. But we have one last 6/6 model in stock, available at the
lower price listed on the stocklist page. It's a beautiful Mahogany Natural Oil fretted model, ready to ship.
2/14/2012 NEW TD HARP GUITAR PLAYER
We are happy to welcome GODBILLE Christophe from France as the newest member
of the TD Harp Guitar family! Christophe is a longtime fretless guitarist who composes
and produces his unique style of heavy rock and melodic solo pieces for fretless guitar.
Check him out in our players page. Congratulations Christophe!
2/12/2012 NEW FRET LINES OPTION
We are happy to announce fret lines are now available as an option
on our 2012 fretless harp guitar models! These increase playability
while keeping the jet-black beauty of the ebony fingerboard:
1/31/2012 TIM DONAHUE HARP GUITARS NEW COLOR OPTION
In addition to Natural Mahogany, Wine Red and Green Oil, I am happy to announce
Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitars will be offered with a Purple Oil finish option!
These new versions will come with chrome hardware. Here is a quick sample:
(Special thanks to Sweden's Per Boysen for his input on this)
1/30/2012 VINTAGE FRETLESS HARP GUITAR FOOTAGE
Check out these fretless harp guitar studio performances of "Last Friday Night" and "Tell Me A Story",
filmed during recording sessions for Tim's 1994 album STILL DREAMING.
1/10/2012 MADMEN RADIO AIRPLAY LIST
For TD fans in Europe, here is a listing of radio airplay the MADMEN album continues to receive.
1/1/2012 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
2012 is going to be the busiest year yet! Look for new solo harp guitar videos, an ECLIPSE promo video
and further developments in Tim Donahue Harp Guitars.
12/22/2011 CHECK THIS OUT
My longtime friend Lauren Passerelli has a new album out, called "Blast Of Love" (gotta love that name!).
Be sure to check out this vid of Lauren's virtuosic guitar playing. Congratulations Lauren!
12/17/2011 HARP GUITAR MUSIC ARTISTS
Check out Tim and virtuoso harp guitar artists on the classy Harp Guitar Music Label.
12/14/2011 TIM DONAHUE SEMINAR, TOKYO
Tim will be giving a fretless rock guitar(?) and guitar craft seminar at Kunitachi Music Academy
on Christmas Day in Tokyo. Details here.
12/5/2011 FUTURE BERKLEE HARP GUITARIST
Good luck to Takumi Uchida, who is currently in Boston with his Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitar,
auditioning for a scholarship to Berklee College Of Music.
11/30/2011 TIM DONAHUE WEBSITE ONLINE
Nice to have the site back again with a new account!
Thank you to everyone who wrote to ask when the new webpages would come online.
11/20/2011 HARP GUITAR CHRISTMAS ALBUM!
I'm thrilled to announce this new Christmas album produced by harp guitar guru Gregg Miner.
"The Christmas Song" has always been one of my favorite tunes. Arranging it for the new Tim Donahue
Signature Harp Guitar and having the chance to release it on Miner Music's classy label is a dream come true.
Do check out "The Christmas Song" like you've never heard it before.
11/15/2011 CUSTOM TIM DONAHUE SIGNATURE HARP GUITAR IN PRODUCTION
A new fretless version of the TD Signature Harp Guitar is being manufactured in Nagano, Japan,
with completion date set for this year-end. This model will go to a veteran fretless guitarist in France,
and will include DR. HOOK as well a nice, added touch to the fretless fingerboard. Look for pictures in
11/1/2011 LACEY ACT / TIM DONAHUE SIGNATURE HARP GUITAR PAPERWORK
For those who have not heard the disturbing news about the Feds recent raid on Gibson's factories,
this article is well worth reading. Fortunately, Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitars come with
documentation of certification of the agents who have supplied woods used on the TD harp guitars.
These sources are legitimate dealers, registered within the European Community. This documentation
is included in all Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitars shipped after November 2011, and will be sent
to owners whose instruments we shipped prior to this time.
9/20/2011 TIM DONAHUE SIGNATURE HARP GUITAR PLAYERS PAGE IS UP!
Check out the growing list of Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitar players on this new page.
9/15/2011 NEW HARP GUITARIST
Tim would like to welcome Takumi Uchida of Tokyo to the Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitar family!
Takumi's musical taste is wide and his talent is blossoming further with the addition of a beautiful
Wine Red TD Signature Harp Guitar. Check him out in the new player's page.
9/18/2011 TIM DONAHUE GUITAR CONSTRUCTION COURSE
Tim is proud to introduce his guitar design & construction class at Kunitachi Music Academy (KMA) in Tokyo.
Players who want to learn Tim's guitar design and building techniques can now study directly with Tim in
KMA's state-of-the-art workshop. Look for continued development of the Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitar
to come from this exciting new course in Japan. Info here.
Welcome to Yoichi Kayama as the newest member of the Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitar family!
Yoichi is unique in that he is a keyboardist, and has never played guitar before. So his approach to playing his
TD harp guitar does not involve having to break with standard guitar techniques, like picking with the right hand.
Being a keyboardist, Yoichi is also used to right/left hand independence, and this has allowed him rapid
progress in integrating the harp and fingerboard notes of the harp guitar. Congratulations Kayama-san!
It's always nice to play straight-ahead jazz with my good friend and wonderful guitarist Nozomi Itani.
We'll be at BUNGA Tokyo this Saturday 6/25 @ 7:30PM.
I'm proud to be part of a wordwide relief effort for the disaster victims of the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami.
Originally concieved by NAMBA expert William Reed, this is an exciting and artful collaboration taking place with
artists around the world. Please check out this large-scale charity effort and enjoy the world of NAMBA and WA!
As I await confirmation of new live dates with Akira Yamazaki & ECLIPSE, I'm looking forward to these live dates coming up in Tokyo with best friend & great guitarist Nozomi Itani and the amazing Keiko Saito on piano:
MAY 29, 2001: Nozomi Itani & Tim Donahue at Back In Time/Tokyo
June 7, 2001: Keiko Saito & Tim Donahue at Classics/Tokyo
TIM DONAHUE GUITARS/INTERVIEWS ONLINE
I'm pleased to see a comprehensive summary of my work compiled from various Japanese guitar magazines
and posted online here. The articles are all in Japanese, but there are lots of pictures of instruments that have never been seen outside of Japan. I hope guitarists will enjoy this glimpse into my world...
I have finally begun teaching guitar design & construction at Kunitachi Music Academy in Tokyo,
and very much look forward to passing on my construction approach and design techniques to the students!
NEW HARP GUITAR ACCESSORY / DR. FRET
I recently revisited an old idea from 1991 and developed a new accessory for the Tim Donahue Signature
Harp Guitars. Called DR. FRET, this simple retrofit will raise the pitch of each harp string by one semitone,
thus giving the 6-string harp a total of 12 notes! Now it is possible to modulate chords and melodies on the
harp portion of the guitar. Another accessory in the DR. HOOK lineup, DR. FRET can be seen here.
NEW HARP GUITAR PLAYERS
Tim would like to welcome Rick Menzel of Texas and Kayama-san of Tokyo as new members of the
Tim Donahue Harp Guitar family! Thank you both and I look forward to hearing your work on the new production
It has been a while since the last update as things have settled down a bit after the massive disaster in Japan.
The devastation up North is going to be around for a long time, but cleanup has begun in areas that can be accessed, and are not highly contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima accident.
That said, all is well where we are and there is lots of new music and harp guitar developments on the way!
Thank you for everyone's concern for my well-being after experiencing the massive earthquake that struck
Thank you for everyone's concern for my well-being after experiencing the massive earthquake that struck
I was in Tokyo when the quake struck. But fortunately, after a long and unforgettable ordeal trying to drive out
of Tokyo, I was able to make it back to my home in Mishima (100km away). The mass exodus I saw throughout Tokyo was something right out of a movie. I have the utmost respect for the people of Japan- they really have it together in situations like I was in yesterday. The sheer number of people on the move was of historic proportions, yet everyone was so calm and collected in the face of calamity. Not once did I witness anything other than calm from everyone around me.
I was told that I could go to schools in Tokyo to spend the night, as the government designated 240 schools
to take in people who couldn't return home because of trains that had stopped or roads that were impassable.
And Tokyo wasn't even at the epicenter of the quake! Yet, in order to alleviate the exodus I described above,
people were welcome to spend the night (with basic accomodations provided) at one of those 240 schools.
Countless times in my 30 years of living in Japan, I have often felt the warmth and hospitality of people here.
It's no exaggeration to say many times I felt it is an honor for me to live in Japan. Last night was another time
to feel such an honor.
My condolences to the many, many victims of this disaster. The scope of the devastation is still hard to fathom,
as news reports try to keep up with the tragedy as it unfolds.
Thank you again for everyone's concern for me and my family. We are well but incredibly worried about how
Japan can deal with this catastrophe.
Please make a donation to help our Japanese friends here.
A nice article about Tim Donahue Signature Harp Guitars and a recent TD seminar from Tim's school in Tokyo.
Fretless guitar guru Jahloon's kind review of his fretless TD Signature Harp Guitar is now online here.
Thank YOU Jahloon for enjoying the harp guitar so much!
Roland's website features a nice article on Tim Donahue's group ECLIPSE, with detailed info about
Tim's harp guitars and drummer Akira Yamazaki's approach to playing Tim's music on Roland V-Drums.
Be sure to check out Gregg Miner's fabulous website dedicated to harp guitar history, music and players.
This is the premier source for information on harp guitars and music. Be prepared to spend a long time at
this site, it's so in depth and informative. Hats off to Gregg Miner for his tireless efforts to bring harp guitar
music to more people around the world!