is it just stupid

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    unknown-user on #168129

    Hello, I am thinking of beginning the harp at the age of 16. I am
    very musical and have always wanted to play the harp. is it just
    stupid to take up another instrument with me going to university in 2
    years. di you think a person of good musical skills would be able to
    learn the harp to a reasonably good standard within 2 years. your
    advice would be greatly appreciated. Frank

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    kimberly-rowe on #168131


    No! It is not just stupid! A lot of harpists start on the later side, probably because harp is not offered in most school music programs. I was 16 when I started and have gone on to have a career as a professional harpist. Many of my colleagues also started as older teens or in college. Go for it!


    unknown-user on #168132

    I started playing harp about 3 1/2 years ago, and I’m considering majoring in harp performance in a year when I go to college. It’s not stupid for you to consider starting now. I’ve been able to learn a lot in 3 years (I had played piano for years before that). I think if you’re willing to work at it, you should be fine. I think it’s awesome that you’re interested in playing!

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    unknown-user on #168134

    Hi Frank! It is definately not stupid to start the harp at a later age. I am 17 and I didn’t start playing the harp until age 15. I played some piano off and on for a number of years, but I never got beyond beginner pieces. My mom started me on the harp and I had no intrest in playing it, but after a few months I fell in love with the harp. I have only been playing 2 and half years, but I feel I am doing considerably hard repertoire, and I plan to major in harp in college. I wish I had started harp at an early age, but I’m very glad I play at all. Start as soon as possoble. I’m sure in two years you’ll be plaing wonderfuly! Best of luck!

    Nadia Tjahja on #168135

    Hi i’m Nadia and i’m 14 years old, it’s not stupid it’s better i think! i began when i was 5 and didn’t know the meaning of dicipline! I used to run away for my harp because i hated 2 play longer than an halfhour. If you want 2 play the harp and you’re musical! DON’T RUN AWAY! and when you’ll go 2 ur college it will the better for you!

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #168136

    I started the harp at 17, and got jobs almost immediately. I have had a job with
    a professional symphony orchestra for 21 years now and they haven’t fired
    me yet! Sure, it’s a struggle at first, but practise intelligently and efficiently and
    you’ll get there. Word of warning: don’t be tempted to practise for hours
    without stopping. Take lots of breaks or you WILL get tendinitis.

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