The type of harp makes a big difference. Some have a long dwell which produces a certain amount of dissonant roar under the music when certain things are played. Some strings might be damped when this occours.
Other harps have a shorter dwell, and producing a whole note may require several hits to sound right. Yet, this type harp can do certain things better.
Another factor is percussive attack. A longer string for a certain note will have more string tension. More string tension tends to produce a clear ringing sound, but a much weaker ping sound when the string is plucked.
Also the type of wood and soundboard shape may be a factor.
I play a lot of Kathryn Cater and Mary Lloyd at City of Hope because both of their compositions fall into this category for me. Kathryn’s music was discussed in an earlier post on this thread. Mary Lloyd pieces I play are The Journey, Wishing, Unknown Paths, The Gentle Rain, Peaceful River, and Waiting for Heaven.
Both Cater and Lloyd books are published by Afghan Press and available on the internet through Melody’s Traditional Music and Harp Shoppe.
Jan Jennings has a nice book of pop tunes. It’s called: Pop Standards for the Lever Harp. Most online music stores will have it.
It has songs like Unchained Melody, Theme from Ice Castles, Can’t Help Falling in Love…
The arrangements are for lever harp; if you’re an intermediate student, you will be able to play these pieces. I have the book and really like it.
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