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Harry Moore
  • 75, Male
  • Springfield, MO
  • United States
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  • Tim Sanders
  • Terry Calloway
  • Spencer Moore
  • Ralph Papile
  • Pat Kline
  • Kim Davis
  • Steve Kilby
  • Steve Kaufman
  • Steve Good
  • Shana Aisenberg
  • Marcy Marxer "Iona Martin"
  • Barry Smith
  • Robert Shafer
  • Norm Cox
  • William L. Whitacre

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Favorite Flatpickers
Norman Blake, Steve Kaufman, Doc Watson, Mark Cosgrove, Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer, lots of others
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Whiskey Before Breakfast, Saint Annes Reel, Beaumont Rag, Alabama Jubilee, too many to list
Favorite Guitars
Collings, Proulx, McKnight, NGC, Gallagher, Lucas, Dudenbostel, others too.
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
My best friend in high school played guitar, but didn't remember lyrics. I would try to play along with him on one of his guitars, and would prompt him with the lyrics.

I got my first guitar while stationed in Japan in the mid sixties. It was a Ventura - I didn't have the money or the knowledge to buy a Martin at the PX. I never got past changing chords. The Ventura stayed in Japan when I returned to the US of A.

Finally, after a long time without a guitar, I got a Gibson SJN "Country Western". A good guitar, but I still didn't get past the difficulty of changing chords on time. At the time, I was a novice amateur radio operator, and failed the 13 wpm test for morse code by one letter. A good indicator of my poor hand-brain coordination.

I had the Gibson for a while, and have since traded it for Martins, Gallaghers, Taylors, Collings and others (not necessarily in that order). My guitar has always been better than my playing deserves. Finally, I gave it up. I recently sold my last "name-brand" guitar. Never fear, I have two that I recently built, and I have 4 that were built by a luthier friend of mine, so I'm guitar satisfied. No GAS here.

I finally gave up on actually playing the guitar, but came up with an off-the-wall thought. Since I can't pick, why not organize an effort to raise funds and provide scholarships to Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps to give aothers a fighting chance to learn. I had seen Steve win three times at Winfield, but didn't meet him until 1999, when he came to Northern Virginia to conduct a workshop. I talked with him about it, and then cogitated util February of 2001 when I found a D-18 that a friend of mine had bought new in 1974 and had put in the closet because he also bought a Sigma about that same time that he liked better. It needed some work (I had pickguard curled, top crack near pickguard, neck set) . I made him an offer for it, and raffled it off (as is) to raise funds for a scholarship. Gil Robins won the raffle, and when he came up on stage at Maryville to get the guitar, he handed it back to me, and said "I've got enought Martins - fix it up and raffle it off again next year" That's when Dreadnoughts Unlimited took off. Marty Lanham was one of the kamp doctors, and he volunteered to fix it. He did a great job, and we raffled it off again in 2002. I was on Mario Proulx's build list and he built the guitar we raffled off in 2003. Then it was back to CF martin for a brand new D-18 in 2004. In 2005, Heinz Mader donated a D-35 that we raffled off. In 2006, Dana Bourgeois built a sunburst slope-shouldered dreadnought for us, and in 2007, Don Gallagher built a Doc Watson Signature model that we raffled off. This year, Seth Naugler has built a Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce dreadnought that we will be drawing for at kamp in June.

We've raised funds since 2001 by raffling guitars, selling guitar-related items that have been donated, and accepting donations of cash. We've managed to award full or partial scholarships to about 30 students, ranging in age from 10 to 59 or so.

Thanks to you for your support.
Do you have a website?
http://duscholar.home.mchsi.com

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Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 10:03am on May 13, 2008, Marty Lanham said…
Thanks Harry , come see us.....Marty
At 10:21am on May 13, 2008, Coy Wylie said…
Hey Harry! Thanks for the invite. I'll see you in Maryville I hope.
At 11:37am on May 13, 2008, Jim Nunally said…
Hello Harry,
Thanks for adding me to your friends list.
Jim
At 3:13pm on May 13, 2008, Rick Crenshaw said…
Hey, Harry! I'm as pleased as punch with the Martin 000-15s that I won! Buy those tickets folks! Great cause... great guitars. I'm eyeballing that Naugler. Got my tickets already. Can lightning strike the same place twice??? We'll see very soon. See you at Kamp, Harry.
At 8:18pm on May 13, 2008, Chris Thiessen said…
Harry: did you get my email about me not being able to attend Kamp this year? Do you have a scholarship-worthy student you could match with my spot? If so, let Steve Kaufman know ASAP. Thanks!
At 2:03am on May 14, 2008, Roberto Dalla Vecchia said…
Ciao Harry
thanks for adding me to your friends list.
Roberto
At 3:49am on May 14, 2008, Jerry Garland said…
Hi Harry,

Thanks for adding me to your friends list.
At 7:52am on May 14, 2008, Chris Thiessen said…
Fantastic! Sorry I won't be able to see you this year, but next - certainly!

Thanks!
At 8:08am on May 14, 2008, Nancy Cardwell said…
Thanks, Harry. I haven't heard from Mike Smith lately, and I hoped he got the CD all right. Good to hear from you, too! -Nancy C.
At 10:43am on May 23, 2008, Tate Greer said…
Thanks Harry I'm Pretty Proud Of It...But Then Again It Is A MARTIN!

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