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". . . his versatility and virtuosity
are nothing short of amazing."
- Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen
|A GREGG MINER MUSICAL CHRONOLOGY:
- Grew up on the Monkees,
thinking they were a real group.
- Played rock guitar throughout
High School -- crudely, and too loud.
- Sang in Madrigals and Barbershop
Quartet ("blends well", said
- Later studied classical guitar
("doesn't practice"), then jazz
guitar ("unable to play fast").
- Fooled around with lutes,
mandolins, and whatnot, against teacher's
- Began acquiring stringed
instruments of every size and description.
- Composed and recorded original
instrumental music long before it became
- Took up the pedal harp
and freelanced for awhile, including stint as
L.A.'s first street harpist.
- Played guitar in comedy Oldies
band, The Pretensions -- until the
members became too pathetically old themselves.
- 1991 - 1995: Completed life's work
of playing every instrument in the collection (~100 at the
- 1996-2000: Promoting "A Christmas
Collection." Figuring out how to play some of these
instruments live. Becoming enough of a computer nerd to
maintain this web site.
- 2000-?: Working on next "secret
project." Packaged some of my original tunes for my patient
- 2002-indefinite: Created a whole new web site
devoted to the harp guitars and other instruments of
turn-of-the-century builder Chris Knutsen.
- 2003 and on: Continue research, writing and
exploration into all sorts of wonderful, forgotten instruments....
- 2004-forseeable future: Created
Harpguitars.net, the largest, most complete Internet resource on a
single musical topic that I am aware of.
* No glasses (LASIK surgery -
which totally screws up my logo)
* the "Van Dyke" (for
* the "receding
holding my favorite instrument -
a 1920 Dyer harp-guitar
I'm basically your typical
part-time musician, though with unusually diverse musical
experience, and a rather passionate interest in stringed
instruments of every description. I label myself a collector,
recording artist, and "armchair musicologist" -- which
means that, without leaving my house much, I've managed to become
a world-renowned expert on the entire realm of stringed
instruments (at least if my mom should ask).
I currently divide my time between
the arts and sciences, and in the past have worked as a
free-lance harpist, zookeeper, animation art dealer, and rock
& roll comedian. Then, for five years, my entire being went
into the Christmas-themed Miner Museum book and recording project, which I
consistently strived to imbue with my eclectic brand of humor,
passion, and wonder.