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Thread #89374 Message #1687123
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
07-Mar-06 - 07:15 AM
Thread Name: Making an angel harp
Subject: RE: Making an angel harp
Actually all modern harps use coloured strings, both Celtic and concert harps alike. The whole string is coloured, not just the top (which you need in order to be able to see it) and it's standardised as red for the C's and black or dark blue for the F's. Tip: If you're going to colour them yourself rather than forking out for a pre-dyed string, DON'T use paint! Use a broad felt-tip marking pen (permanent not washable), a time-honoured cheapskate-harper's trick. But if you're tuning pentatonically and want to colour any of the strings, I'd say to just do the tonic ones.
And, Jack, pentatonic tonality has been used throughout the history of the instrument - just take a look at our oldest existing Irish harp repertoire.