I’ve just joined and I wanted to ask for some advice. I would like to start playing the harp but I haven’t been able to find any teachers near me. There is also the problem of language for me as I am British living in Alsace, France. I have found details for a shop selling harps in the south of Alsace and I’m hoping to go there this Saturday. I was hoping some of you might be able to spare some time to explain a bit about the differences in harps so that I am a bit more informed before I go to this shop. I’m not definitely going to buy one but I’m hopeful 🙂 I’m trying to look into harp rental as well as that would be really good before committing to such a large expenditure. what is the difference between small (I think they’re called lap harps) and big harps? From what I’ve read online there seems to be lever and pedal harps and ones with nothing at all, how do these compare? What would you recommend for a complete beginner? Do you have any other tips for what to look for in a good harp when trying them in a shop? I would normally ask the person in the shop 101 questions but whilst ly french is ok it’s not great. I’ve never really been musical, I had keyboard lessons when I was little but had no real passion for it. I’ve wanted to play the harp for years but always told myself that I’ll grow out of it but after 10 years of wanting to I’m saying heck it’s time to give it a try. I can’t afford a really expensive one and I’d like to know I’ll stick at it before investing 4 figure sums into a harp but I can go up to a few hundred. Last question I was hoping to start off teaching myself with books a youtube and then once I know I like it and am going to stick with it progressing to lessons. Do you think this is possible or is the harp too difficult to teach yourself?
Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated,