Review of Donner Concert Ukulele
Ukuleles come in different styles and sizes for people of any age and skill set. Any size you choose is portable for home use or community events. A fairly inexpensive ukulele may be a good introduction to see if you really want an expensive guitar. Here we will look at my ukulele from Donner.
Review of Donner Pentatonic Lyre Harp
A lyre is a fun, portable, and soothing instrument to learn and play. This article will focus on the pentatonic lyre (seven strings) from Donner although there are models with more strings available if you are advanced or prefer more options in song choice. This is also called a harp or a lyre harp.
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