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Thread #37398 Message #521322
Posted By: GUEST,guest
05-Aug-01 - 09:58 AM
Thread Name: Help: fell in love with a harp
Subject: RE: Help: fell in love with a harp
Sylvia Woods'book "Teach yourself to play the folk harp" would be a good place to start-- If I remember correctly, there is a companion album-- or at least an album that some of the arrangements in that book are taken.Also, there is a harp shop owned by Betty Truitt--dargonwhispers--(check out your favorite search engine) she probably has much up-to-date beginning harp instruction.Folk harps(without sharping levers) are tuned diatonic--so many of the lap dulcimer tunes will be easily converted to folk harp.It should be an easy transisition.As to what you are calling"pitchtuners" I suspect that's what's commonly called the "sharpening lever"--enabling the player to raise the pitch on an individual string 1/2 a tone,making the diatonic folk harp a chromatic instrument--making you able to play in most every key--at least enlarging it's capabilities. Most folk harps are adaptable to sharpening levers,--but just as I'm sure you know, there are many tunes that can be played with a diatonic scale.