We bought a harp this weekend from Gustavo Sanabria here in Asuncion, and Gustavo delivered it to our home.  I’m planning to learn both the harp and guitar (pictured, behind harp), while my wife and son will learn to play the piano. I believe that learning both stringed instruments will help me learn both faster.  My guitar and harp teacher, Ruben Sanabria, will come over tomorrow night to talk to me about giving lessons for both instruments.  (Ruben isn’t related to Gustavo, although Gustavo told me that Ruben was his harp teacher.  You can’t beat that.  It’s interesting that every harp player I’ve met in Paraguay has the surname Sanabria, and I don’t know any Sanabrias in Paraguay who don’t play the harp or guitar.)  I plan to have Ruben teach me harp for one hour and guitar back-to-back for one hour on Fridays.  I’ll make a good faith effort to practice between lessons for at least two hours per week per instrument.  My primary goal is to learn a few songs well, such as songs I sing well (Roy Orbison’s "Oh! Pretty Woman," the Beatles’ "Yesterday," and some praise songs), and perform at impromptu gatherings in our home.  I imagine that kinds of songs must sound spectacular on a harp, which sounds absolutely heavenly (No angel jokes, please).  If I can do better than I did when I was a teen — try and fail to learn the guitar — then it will be worth it.  My wife is lining up Friday piano lessons for both my son and her with a Taiwanese-Paraguayan piano teacher.  We dished out the dough for these fine musical instruments, now we have to learn to play them.  Wish us luck! 

Mike with sonMike and son play harpWife plays piano


Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Wade's Gravatar Wade
    September 3, 2008    

    Where did the piano come from?

  2. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    September 14, 2008    

    Man you guys all look the same, even Alex!
    Very cool harp.

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