A guitar, 5-string banjo,
mandolin, dobro, and bass player since 1955, Harold began teaching and performing
professionally on all four instruments in 1960. After fourteen years of
performing and touring, he decided to focus primarily on teaching. Noticing that very
little quality instruction material was available for 5-string banjo, he
placed an ad in a music magazine in 1974 and the response was amazing. He
soon began hearing from banjo and mandolin players, and guitarists from
all over the world, which led to the formation of LeWalt Publishing. What
follows are some of the high points of his musical career:
Private guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro, and bass instructor since
1960 in Minnesota, Texas, Arizona, Washington, and Idaho.
Class guitar instructor for Yavapai College in Sedona, Arizona from 1980 to 1982.
Class guitar instructor for Spokane Falls Community
College in Spokane, Washington from 1988 to 1998.
Currently class guitar and 5-string banjo instructor
for North Idaho College in Post Falls, Idaho, since 2000.
Currently director of the New Horizons Bluegrass Band at Holy Names Music School in Spokane, Washington, since 2003.
columnist for Bluegrass Canada Magazine (1989 - 92), guitar
columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine since 1999, banjo
columnist for Banjo Newsletter since 1979, contributor to
Frets and Acoustic Guitar magazines.
Author of instructional books and courses for guitar, 5-string banjo and mandolin, including: The Guitar
Primer (a course consisting of a book and 17 CDs), Basic Bluegrass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Beginnerís Bluegrass
5-String Banjo, 5-String Banjo Improvisations, Banjo II (a course consisting of a book and 40 CDs, and
Beginnerís Bluegrass Mandolin.
Arranged and recorded film sound tracks, numerous national radio and tv
commercials, syndicated tv shows, approximately 2000 instructional recordings (including all
backgrounds), plus guitar solos for the "easy listening"
market which were released into national FM radio syndication through Churchill Productions.
Five guitar albums have been released to date: "String Styles of Harold Streeter", "Beautiful",
"Guitarscapes", "Streets of Laredo", and "Sent Forth By God's Blessing".
Harold's current project is a latin-oriented CD for solo acoustic guitar.
Concert guitar soloist and string musician in rock, jazz,
bluegrass, and country bands, including four years performing with such
artists as Bobby Vinton, Lenny Welch, Dee Dee Sharp, Jimmy Clanton, and
Bill Monroe, since 1963, and three years performing with the Sons of
the Golden West (1988 - 90).
Guitar and banjo workshops since 1979 in
Canada and western U.S.
Performed with Chad Mitchell Trio, Pete
Seeger, Tom Paxton, Eric Weissburg, Josh White, Jr., and Burl
Ives at historic concert in New York City in 1993.
Formerly a member of the
6-piece Riders of the Rockin' B, performing traditional western (Sons of the Pioneers,etc), Texas swing,
and Bluegrass on guitar, banjo and mandolin in the Pacific Northwest (1997 - 2004).
Instruments for Performances and Recordings:
Solo: Harold plays a traditional flamenco guitar with friction pegs, and a Guild cutaway steel-string.
Group (Western, Swing, & Bluegrass): banjo is a 1928 Mastertone archtop, mandolin is a 1911 F-2, guitar is aforementioned steel-string.
Group (Jazz): Les Paul (with Roland Jazz/Chorus amp), and Ovation classic.