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Thread #37398   Message #522479
Posted By: black walnut
07-Aug-01 - 08:21 AM
Thread Name: Help: fell in love with a harp
Subject: RE: Help: fell in love with a harp
My harp is a 36 string Josephus. Sometimes I wish I had a smaller one that I could carry around more easily (although mine is just over 20 lbs - long but quite light, actually) : Sometimes I wish I had a bigger one with about 6 more of those resonant bass strings. But I can't complain....I have a beautiful harp that was had at a beautiful price and it fits beautifully (in its beautiful aubergine soft case with shoulder strap) into the back seat of just about any car. There are SO many things to consider when buying a harp...

There are also some important things to consider when looking for a teacher. Do you eventually want to play your own arrangements, or always play someone else's arrangements out a book? Some teachers will only teach from a book, some only by ear, some both ways. Are you yearning to play a grand pedal harp, or are you craving someone who can teach you the intimacies of a levered harp? Do you want a drill sergeant, or someone who will encourage and support you through the tough times? Do you want someone who insists on weekly lessons, or someone with a flexible schedule? Hint: Don't try to skimp on lesson usually gets what you pays for.