The Harmonium Handbook
Owning, Playing, and Maintaining the Devotional Instrument of India

Satyaki Kraig Brockschmidt

The Harmonium Handbook

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Paperback, 159 pages (5½" x 8½")
ISBN 978-1-56589-191-3
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The Harmonium Handbook provides detailed instruction in how to play, maintain, and repair this popular devotional instrument. It also reveals the colorful history of free-reed instruments such as the harmonium, which dates back to the time of Marco Polo. The story behind the modern version of the harmonium is a fascinating testimony to the love, skill, innovation, and intermingling of many of the world's great cultures. The Harmonium Handbook reveals:

  • The history of the Indian harmonium, from Ancient China to Europe and America.
  • The essentials of owning and caring for Indian harmoniums, helping them give many years of service.
  • How to play the harmonium in a variety of styles, from the simple to the complex, including single-note melody, melody with a drone, chords, and other more advanced methods (a complete appendix of chords and chord inversions is provided).
  • How to explore the "inner realms" of the instrument and perform a variety of adjustments and corrections, including how to tune a harmonium's individual brass reeds.

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"The Harmonium Handbook is a welcome manual and important resource for music scholars and followers of spiritual paths alike. This book is a treasure."

Henry Doktorski, Founder of The Classical Free-Reed Company, author of The Classical Squeezebox