I’m gonna start playing the harp soon, it’s been a dream for many years so I’m very excited! 😀 I’ve read as much as I could, and this forum has been a great help – thank you!!!!! I apologize for another post on which beginner harp to buy, I hope you don’t mind. I have no musical background so I’m a little lost here and your advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading! 🙂
So, I want a lever harp and it must be small as I want to carry it with me to play outdoors. I’m down to 2 models:
Stoney End Eve 22 strings (G-G) (3,5 kg)
Camac Bardic 27 strings (6 kg)
Now, my heart’s set on the Eve, but many say 22 strings isn’t good for a beginner… 🙁 It’s just that I love EVERYTHING about it, and KNOW I’ll buy one someday anyway – I knew ever since I saw and heard it! I LOVE the sound!!!!! And the looks! 🙂 Just AMAZING!! String tension not too high. Also I know I’ll take up wire harp someday and so I’m gonna have to learn to play with fewer strings anyhow?
The Bardic: I like it very much, in natural color I think it’s very, very pretty and good sound (but it really can’t compare to the Eve…) Also it’s maybe a little heavy and big for me to be carried for a long while, so it’s not really portable ENOUGH. And the string tension – is it very high? I have a very frail build, and small hands so it worries me… I guess the main problem, though, is it’s neither as portable as I’d like and yet it would maybe not serve me as a bigger harp with more strings (for more variation in the music) to have at home. So I fear it wouldn’t be a keeper… and don’t want to sell my first harp (or any harp) ever, I know I’ll get attached to it, LOL!
Has anyone here started out on a lap harp?
What I really would like to know is how great a variety of music can be played? Can almost anything be adapted? I like celtic, folk, classical pop songs, I love O’Carolan so I would especially want to play those.
Could I use Wire Harp music? And if so how much is available?
Would it be difficult to complete the Pamela Bruner and Sylvia Woods courses with only 22 strings?
Sorry, this became really long…
If it’s really not advisable to go for 22 strings, PLEASE TALK ME OUT OF IT!!! If adapting a lot of the tunes would slow down my learning process a lot I can see it might be wiser to buy the Eve later.
Thank you so much!!!