Make Mine a Double Book

Make Mine a Double: A Beginning Method for Double-Strung Harp

by Cynthia Shelhart 

The updated version of this best-selling method book for double-strung harp is coming soon! We have SOLD OUT of the current print edition, but the new edition (print and PDF) will ship this spring. In the meantime, the current PDF version is still available. Join the mailing list (at right) and be the first to get notified when the new edition is available. It won't be long before this classic lands on your doorstep!

The contemporary double-strung harp has fascinated harp players and listeners since its inception in 1989. The instrument’s ability to overlap melody and harmony in the same range, as well as its characteristic “echo” effect, makes it a natural outlet for musical creativity. Some harpers and harpists have learned its secrets through instinct and experimentation—but many potential players still ask: “How do you play that thing?” 

Make Mine a Double is the first beginning-level method available for contemporary double-strung harp. In this book, Cynthia Shelhart, a double-strung harp specialist since 1992, identifies the musical techniques you need to play this unique instrument. Make Mine a Double provides exercises, etudes, arrangements and resources for your journey to double-strung enjoyment and success. 

Contents include: 

  • 66 exercises and etudes to support each area of technique, for large and small double-strung harps. 
  • 15 additional arrangements for double-strung harps, playable on both large and small instruments. 
  • Background information to answer questions frequently asked by double-strung harp players. 
  • A resource guide to double-strung harp builders, performers and publications. 
  • 81 full-length recordings of the musical selections from this book are now available below as a no-cost download (click on "Download MMD Companion MP3s" to download). *NOTE: The download is a .zip file, containing all 81 recordings in .MP3 format. Effective June 11, 2018, this download replaces the CD mentioned in the book text. Previous MMD book purchasers may download the MP3s at no cost. The MP3 download is now included with all new MMD book purchases, at no additional cost.*

158 pages; spiral-bound book. PDF digital version available separately.

Make Mine a Double TOC Preview MMD Table of Contents (PDF) 35.2 KB
MMD Sample 1 Preview MMD Semi-Echo Exercise #8 (PDF) 191 KB
MMD Sample 2 Preview MMD Etude I Saw Three Ships (PDF) 240 KB

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Park Concert

Baugher Center, 100 W Indiana Ave, Chesterton IN 46304

Solo harp & voice concert sponsored by Westchester Public Library. Admission free. Classic film ("E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial ") follows concert. Due to the extreme heat, the concert has been moved to the Baugher Center (100 W Indiana Ave, Chesterton IN 46304).


Kleppe Wedding (private event)

Sand Creek Country Club, Chesterton IN


Moore Wedding (private event)

Chateau Banquets, Merrillville IN


Housing Opportunities Gala (private event)

Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City IN


Fields Wedding (private event)

Aberdeen Manor Ballroom & Event Center, Valparaiso IN


University of Chicago Early Music Ensemble

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Bond Chapel, 1050 E 59th St, Chicago IL 60637

As a member of the Early Music Ensemble, Cynthia sings and plays continuo on this early music bouquet from France featuring pieces by Mouton, Sermisy, Arcadelt, Janequin, and others for voices, viols, guitar, harpsichord, and winds. Admission free.


Kristevski Wedding (private event)

Aberdeen Manor, Valparaiso IN

Private event.


U of C Early Music Ensemble Tea Time Concert

Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S Ellis Ave, Chicago IL 60637

Cynthia sings soprano with the University of Chicago Early Music Ensemble. Concert is free and open to the public, in Fulton Recital Hall (fourth floor of Goodspeed Hall). Complimentary tea and cookies are served in the Fulton Hall lobby at 4:15pm and the concert begins promptly at 4:30pm.


Benedict Wedding (private event)

Aberdeen Manor, Valparaiso IN

Private event.