I’m about two months, maybe a bit less, into harp lessons, and I really enjoy it. I’m very
glad I’ve taken up this hobby, and hope to maybe even make it my career, because I love
the sound of the harp, and just the over all being of it. It’s wonderful.
Here’s the thing: I have a 29-string lever harp. It doesn’t say what brand it’s made by, so I
have no clue, but the other day at my lesson, my teacher noticed that my right hand was
being brought up too high on the strings. I’m supposed to play in the middle of the
strings, but the harp is smaller, which, when doing four-finger drills (C-D-E-F, raise) [I’m
studying the Salzedo technique], causes my right hand (thumb) to come up higher than it
should on the strings.
Since my harp is smaller, and my teacher insists that I do not sit on the floor, I have to
place the harp on something such as an ottoman or chair to level it with me, then play. So
during the last lesson, after noticing this problem, finally suggested that I move to a
bigger harp. This problem could be resolved by lowering my seating position, or raising
the harp, but she thinks I’m at the age where I’m old enough to move on to something
bigger, like a floor-harp, preferably lever (since I’m still a beginner and what-not)
She suggested the Lyon & Healy Troubadour V as a predominant option. But I really like
the Prelude. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think my parents are in a financial place where
they cannot afford it, so I MIGHT be able to afford the Prelude. I think they see that I’m
interested in the harp, because I ramble on and on about it all the time.
Here’s my question:
Which would you guys recommend for me? Troubadour or Prelude? What are their
qualities? Similarities? Is one better than the other in certain areas?
Also, what’s the difference between the Lyon & Healy Prelude and the Salvi Ana? Is one
better than the other?
Thanks for those of you who take time to answer! You’re a big help! 🙂