Rock Garden


Darryl Minsky  -  Lead Guitar / Autoharp

Rock Garden - Darryl Minsky - Guitar and Autoharp

Ex-Manitoban now residing in Calgary. Played guitar/bass since he was 15. Darryl has eclectic musical tastes, from Classical to New Age to Blues to Electronica, to his first love, Rock! His early music collection consisted of Grand Funk Railroad, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Scorpions, and Uriah Heep. He's never been the same since. His parents listened to James Last and other similar "big band" orchestras, which help shape his classical tastes. They also listened to polkas, but we won't talk about that. Early on, Darryl played lots of classical guitar, but after a while started having more fun with his electric guitar, and now only plays the classical guitar occasionally. He loves to remind people how classical music and rock have similarities. This usually blows their minds. Playing rock was only at jam sessions at friends' homes. The jams were a regular thing, and depending on the mood of the guys, varied from blues to metal to reggae to jazz to...whatever. However, hard rock was flowing through his veins, and he wanted a bit more structure. A few years ago he and friend Steve Pratt formed Olde School, a band that played only hard rock from the 70's and 80's. That band rocked out in various pubs around Calgary and Southern Alberta. Darryl then decided to try playing as a bassist, and joined the blues band Whiskey and The Painkillers for a short time. Darryl heard the calling of a rock band again and answered an ad in FFWD magazine. That's how Rock Garden was born!

Darryl newest musical instrument interest is the AUTOHARP. With 36 strings and a beautiful sound, he can be seen playing this "chorded zither" at Rock Garden gigs, weddings, private parties, or busking around Calgary C-train stations.

His influences are Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night) , Mike Oldfield, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy, Black Label Society) , Judas Priest, Uriah Heep, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Darryl uses Marshall amplification, and Fender, Dean, Ibanez, Yamaha guitars, and Oscar Schmidt Autoharps

When he's not playing guitar, he's riding his Goldwing motorcycle, or learning more songs on his Autoharp



What is an autoharp?

Darryl's autoharp website

Darryl gets interviewed on CTV local news about busking with his autoharp

also on CBC radio and their website


YouTube videos of Darryl playing his autoharp

Love Me Tender (Elvis) Edelweiss
Hotel California (acoustic) Hotel California (electric)
Only You (Platters) ver 1 Only You (Platters) Ver 2
Battle Hymn of the Republic (Glory Glory!) Dvorak's New World Symphony - Largo - a.k.a. "Going Home"
Sealed With a Kiss Crocodile Rock (Elton John)
Beethoven - Excerpt of Ode to Joy (variation) Five Foot Two (Eyes of Blue)
Beatles - Let It Be (acoustic) Beatles - Let It Be (electric)
Beatles -Yesterday (acoustic) Beatles -Yesterday (electric)
Beatles - Yellow Submarine ver 1 Beatles - Yellow Submarine ver 2
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
Beatles - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away Beatles "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da"

Babyface Take Me Out to The Ballgame
America the Beautiful ver 1 America the Beautiful ver 2
I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover There's a Kind of Hush (Hermin's Hermits)
Elvis - (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You Elvis - Love Me Tender
What a Wonderful World Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins)
Victory Rag v1 Victory Rag v2
Puff the Magic Dragon Dixie
Nights in White Satin Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Beautiful Dreamer House of The Rising Sun
Pachelbel Canon (variation) The Rising (solo guitar)

Christmas Music

Joy to The World Auld Lang Syne (Happy New Year!)
Away in a Manger O Christmas Tree
O Holy Night  


YouTube playlist of all Darryl's autoharp videos


Email Darryl

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