Hi all! I've been playing the harp for a few years now at a conservatory but because of time issues (currently a senior in HS) I ended up having to quit. That being said, I no longer have a pedal harp to practice with, and lack the funds to afford one. I do however own a celtic harp and when I tried getting it tuned when I first got it, it still sounded as funky as it does now. Does anyone think this could be a problem with the strings? Or could it be the whole harp itself? Thanks!
I am a first year harp student at the conservatory of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Like many people during this COVID-19 crisis I am stuck at home trying to figure out what to do. I would expect that a lot of you are also in a similar situation, which gave me the idea to offer online harp lessons. I don't have real teaching experience so this will be an experiment for me as well. I would offer the lessons for free in exchange for feedback in how I can improve.
I think I would be best suited to teach people at a beginners-intermediate level but everyone who is interested is welcome. I can speak English and Dutch. If you're interested, send me a personal message and we can arrange the specifics!
Stay safe everyone!
I've been lurking here for a while but yesterday I finally pulled the trigger and purchased a 21 string Gothic harp. I love it already but I need to get some new strings for it.
Does anyone have some suggestions on where to purchase those?
I'm pretty sure it's a Gothic harp now. Visually it's similar to a Celtic one but it has now levers.
I'm not a harpist I just wanted to get a harp for my daughter.
I bought a used folk harp for $100. It was sitting in storage for years, no strings. I gave it some love (sanded a bit, a new coat of lacquer, strung it), and it works great.
EXCEPT certain strings aren't holding their note.
I know that strings relax over a few weeks. I'm a classical guitarist so know about nylon strings and the need to re-tune. However it's been a few weeks and many of the strings (some in particular) keep slipping a fraction of a semitone or a full semitone down every few days.
Investigating the tuning pegs more, they are tapered metal that goes right into a wooden hole. I tried hitting some gently with a hammer to shove the taper deeper into the hole so there would be more friction, but it only goes so far.
I'm guessing a lot of harps with tapered tuning pins have this problem? Or do I just have particularly slippery tapered tuning pins? Should I hit them harder with a hammer to really shove t... keep reading on reddit ➡
As the title says, I’ve just started learning the harp! So far I’m a month in and I absolutely love it! I’m 25 y/o so I was nervous about starting as an adult, most people start learning very young. But I’m determined to get good at it!
Edit: Thank you to everyone for the support! :)
In the past I mentioned in some comment sections on this subreddit that I had made my own harp. and I decided now is as good a time as any to show it to Reddit.
In the pictures below you can see the harp me and my friend made, and parts of the process.
yes, as it doesn't have a soundbox, it technically is a harpsicle and not a harp, but since i made it, i can call it what i want. (still thinking of a good name for him/her/it too)
strings: Harley Benton electric guitar strings
can fit 34 strings. currently strung with 25 strings
string spacing: 1.7mm
wood: pine (untreated)
tuning pins: piano tuning pins form aliexpress.com, colour: 'black'
sizes: height:110cm, depth: 83cm. see first image for more details
cost: about €70-€80 (bit more when all missing strings and tuning pegs are added)
built: December 2019, over several days' work
at some point about 3/4 of a year ago as of posting this, i came up with the absurd idea to make an... keep reading on reddit ➡
hi, I am learning to play kalimba so I have long finger nails (just the thumbs) , I would like to buy a lyre harp, do I have to cut them? any advice or tips , thank you , sorry for my bad english
Hey all! I am an engineer in university, and with all this crazy pandemic stuff I’m stuck on online classes in a few weeks but left to my imagination to fill the time. I have a long fascination with harps, so I decided on my time off I wanted to begin researching the harp. I have been studying the history and different types and styles of harps the last few days and now I’m ready to start delving into the engineering part. I am not sure if I want to design and build a harp, but at the very least I’d like to look at designs and understand how they are made. Anyway, does anyone know anywhere to find detailed drawings of harp construction? I’m mostly looking at lever harps that are bigger. It seems that mostly concert pedal harps have the tall circular pillar, but I really do enjoy that look as well so I’d be interested in that as well. I’d appreciate any resources. If by chance someone reading this has a wide harp collection and wouldn’t mind chatting about them, drop a message to me and... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm a college student currently enrolled in an orchestration class. Our final project is to transcribe a piano piece into a piece for full orchestra.
In one of the pieces I have been dabbling with I feel this passage in this piece would be amazing if played on the harp.
Specifically I'm talking about the 16th note runs at minute 2:40, there's a lot of accidentals that I imagine would make it difficult to play but I don't know very little harp repetoire that has this many accidentals. If frankly it's not possible without taking out too much it's not a problem it can be played by the violins or piccolo or something and the harp can play the arpeggiated spot at minute 3:05 to the end.
(I'm currently just thinking to do the treble 16th note runs and the triplet 16ths at 2:51)
My nearly-7-year-old girl wants to learn the harp and I got a nice little 30-string folk harp secondhand for her birthday in a couple of weeks. She doesn't have any musical experience (eg. she can't yet read music) and I'm having real trouble trying to find the best resources online for her to learn.
What books or websites or youtube channels do you recommend?
There are a lot of books for beginners, but they are more geared towards adults and/or assume you can read music. There are a few youtube channels but haven't really found beginner lessons yet, and it's hard to sift through everything else to find a good large set of lessons.
I agree, sending her to a harp teacher is best but I can't afford that right now, and anyway I consider this just a bit of fun for her rather than something we want to regimen-ize(?) right now. We're not in a hurry to send her to college to study music... So, for now a harp teacher is not an option.
SUBJECT: TO FIND AFFORDABLE AND GOOD QUALITY (NEW/USED) CELTIC LAP HARP FROM WITHIN CANADA.
So a bit about me: I am 21 years old and am diagnosed with High Functioning Aspergers with High Intellect. I live in an apartment in Montreal, I am going to University and have 2 wonderful cats.But what you mostly need to know is this: I am a music lover. I am extremely receptive to sounds and rhythms. My mom always told me that I was attempting to sing before even being able to speak. I am a proud soprano and a Musical theatre hardcore fan(I am a thespian, in short).
Backstory, you can skip it if you don't feel like reading why I want to learn to play the harp
I grew up watching ballets and Cirque du Soleil cassettes on repeat, as young as 3 years old. I would ditch the ca... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi, I am a harpist enrolled at the Berklee College of Music. Berklee recently cancelled its semester so I had to go back home. I’m currently in the Carolinas in need of a pedal harp to rent (46 string or more). I am willing to come drive to grab it if I can come rent one. I really need one to practice on and to do my online lessons and ensembles. If anyone can help out, it would be greatly appreciated!!
I really want one of their 130 series harps, but they're hard to find used and new they're expensive - still less than many other harps. Their “Be honest and do your best work” ethos is attractive to me. Anyone have experience with these harps, or know where to get a used one?
I’m buying a 16 strings lyre. I’ve never played the lyre nor the harp, are they similar instruments? Should I position my fingers the way I’d do to play the harp, or the way I’d do to play the guitar?
I bought an electric celtic harp a few months ago, now I'm trying to do some electronic music and progressive rock with some friends. I also bought a guitar amplifier which has some fun effects.
Did any of you try to do non-celtic music in a band with an electric harp or do you know someone who does ?
I have a DHC32 made by Camac (France).
My soundcloud (I have only 2 tracks online and they're not perfect at all, too much distortion, but I'm getting better !)
I need something portable. :) thank you!
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Thanks guys! It's 70" tall
Hello! I’m a beginner harpist and I’d like to rent or buy a harp. I’m having trouble figuring out what kind would be the best fit for me since there are so many choices and not many places you can actually try them out. I’m looking for a lever harp with 36 or 38 strings. I’d prefer a harp with a warm, gentle, mellow kind of tone. I’m currently being trained in classical harp but would also love to eventually play some folk and even jazz :) Does anyone know the biggest differences between Dusty Strings, Lyon and Healy, and Camac harps of this size? I was considering Dusty String’s Walnut FH36H or S but there weren’t any available for renting at the moment. I’ve found one Lyon and Healy Prelude lever harp, one Ana Salvi lever Harp, and one Camac Petite Classique harp at a consignment shop. Would anyone recommend one of these? Or is there a different harp I should look into? Thank you for reading :)
I'm about to buy my first harp in a couple of weeks. I'm so excited!
I'm looking to buy a travel harp (full lever). Since I travel and relocate often internationally, it's important that it is portable and hopefully can fit inside the overhead compartment on an airplane.
I'm considering the Fullsicle and Sasha 22. Would really appreciate any other suggestions.
Thanks in advance all!
LF diys in title, will pay in bells, nook miles tickets, or trade an ice wand for one. Name your price for the diys!
Edit* still buying the following resources!
(No longer buying gold) gold nuggets 100k each
Cherry blossom petals 2k each
all Easter egg types (except wood) for 2k each
And Selling zodiac pieces: Virgo Harp for 4m
(Sold) Capricorn ornament for 4m
I was just reminded that I’ve wanted a Music Maker’s “Harp Desk” for a while, but it’s just not in my budget since I don’t think I could use it for busking on the street.
Is anyone here looking to sell a used one?
I just placed an order for a 16 string lyre harp (originally was going to get a 10 string but I liked this harp too much) and I'm wondering if anyone has any good learning sources? I've never played an instrument and dont know how to read music either so I'm as beginner as it gets.
Thanks so much in advance!
i was wondering if anyone on this subreddit has ever tried to tun their harp through an effect pedal of themselves - or a guitar owning friend. if you have, how does it sound? is it in any way comparable to an electric guitar? or does it have no resemblance to a playable instrument?
as far as i can find out, no one seems to have tried it and share their findings online. so i hope one of you might be more resourceful and try it
Any thoughts on this new craft? Name suggestions too?
(Actually crafted it 10 days ago but managed to Fuck up uploading on reddit lol)
Hello everyone! I picked up the harp a couple months back and I'm absolutely in love with it but unfortunately there are no teachers available in my area. This discourages me so much but I'm working through a few books and am hoping that will take me in the right direction. I'm scared that I'm not working on the fundamentals because I don't have someone to take me through that.
But then it hit me that I could maybe ask someone what a harp lesson is like and see if I can replicate at least the structure of it. So my question is, what happens in an advanced beginner harp lesson? Does the instructor have you do scales? Then maybe some pages in Grossi? Then work on a song or two? Hopefully this makes sense!
Thanks so much for any advice!
I want to build a small harp/lyre from scratch with around 20 strings using cheapish materials...can anyone guide me to some basic plans?
Thanks in advance!
Really the idea is all decks are subjective. There is now one deck that is the best of all. The game has so many combinations and attacks that anyone can build a deck that works for them. This is a truly subjective game.
Kurly should post his to show us how it's done.
I was tuning my pedal harp today, and as I was tuning it, I hear the mildest of buzzing. Like, I could barely notice it. But once I sit down to warm up, I hear this loud, grating buzzing coming from the lower wire strings. I took off the tuning key that was attached to the back of the soundboard, as it's caused this before, but no luck. I've tried locating it but the resonance seems the same whether I put my ear up to the neck or near the base. I'm not sure what else to do.
So here's my dilemma. So first off I suppose harp isn't the correct term, but I think this lyre functions more like a harp than anything. My brother saw me trying to figure out a litte 7 string pentatonic lyre which is really fun to play with, but it has little use if you want to play any music because it's so limited. Because of this he got me a cheap 16 string diatonic lyre that ranges from g3 to a5. I know a lot of folks reccomend for a smaller harp that 22 stings minimum, but I was wondering if there is anyone out there with any tips on figuring it out or if there are any books or sheet music or anything I can learn for it. You guys seem like a really cool community. Ps. Always loved the sound of Celtic harps from the moment I heard someone play a harp at an irish fair
Hello everybody, so I'm a musician who plays guitar, ocarina, bass, drums, piano, and cello. I have a desire to learn as many instruments as possible in different variety of sounds. So I've never played a harp, and want to start learning, as I know it's one of the more difficult instruments out there, so I want to start as soon as possible. I have a limited amount of money, so I want to buy a harp that I'll be happy to learn on and play for at least 6-10 years. After browsing this sub for a while, I considered getting a roosebeck, but I couldn't find a full size offering from them, and I just have general reservations about getting one from them. Does anybody have any suggestions for something that is preferably full size, and sounds pretty decent, for under $650? EDIT: If not, next best thing that you would recommend? EDIT 2: And alternatively, should I just wait and save up more for another option? If so what price range should I be shooting for and from what brands?