I’m ready to make a childhood dream come true and finally start learning the harp. I was wondering if any of you fine people could suggest some beginner books to start with? I’m mostly interested in Celtic/Scandinavian/medieval and folk songs and will be learning by myself for now because with my return to school (studying to become a mortician) and job, for the moment I’m tight on time and budget. I have a background with violin though so can read and write music, if that’s any help with a harp.
For my harp I was eyeing the Ravenna 26 (Dusty Strings) because the sound is very warm from the videos I heard. I unfortunately cannot try out the harp myself because I live in Canada and no music shop where I live have them, it’s all special orders.
I would appreciate if there is a cheaper priced harp, or at least one that, for the price of a fulle levered Ravenna, comes with extra strings, or a carry bag or stand. I saw McHugh and Muzikkon harps at a good price but have no idea if they have a good warm sound. I am aware of the Harpsicle but they are way too bright for my taste, though their portability would be awesome as I want to bring my harp to the country to play in the forest on the weekends.
Can anyone offer advice on harps also? Anyone tried out those McHugh or Muzikkon harps maybe?