First of all, I’m a total beginner. No experience. I’m taking piano lessons, which I thought might help me a bit. Since I am just starting to read music. I have always wanted to play the harp since I can remember. Its one of those things where I thought I could only dream about. There seemed like there weren’t harp teachers out there and buying a harp seemed out of the question. Well thats true, it is pretty out of the question to buy a $$$$ harp. But ever since I found the harpsicle I’ve seen a bit of hope. I could afford up to the flatsicle I suppose, but thats at the good price I found it at(much cheaper than the original price). So here’s my basic questions….
I don’t want to rent a harp really, because honestly it costs as much to rent one for a few months as it would for me to buy one(the harpsicle at least). But then maybe it would be a good idea. I am fortunate enough(as I’ve read) to have a harp store near me. I just feel strange walking in their and asking if I can try their harps when I don’t even know how to play one yet. The only way I’ll learn is by using one though.
So what harp would you recommend? I can pretty much go up to $500 to be blunt, and thats still a lot for me. It would be a half Christmas gift, half my money. The fullsicle would be a little over $300 if I was to get it. I’ve heard this forum talk about other harps. I just can’t figure out what to do. If I love it enough, I could possibly pursue it in college and so on. So this decision might be a big one. Please tell me which harps a beginner is going to enjoy and get the most for their money. Do I need levers? I’m very confused about that. Thanks!