I’m 52 and I need to give up the double bass for health reasons. I
had thought of taking up the Folk Harp, so I can play at church. My
goal is to accompany by playing off chord charts, or playing simple
Christmas tunes during Advent. I met with one very good teacher, who
tried to “strongly” encourage me to take up the pedal harp. My first
lesson involved learning the pedals. I became real discouraged. I
thought I could get by on a nice, folk lever harp. Do I really need
to take up a pedal harp?