Hello to all,
I have been heartbroken to read that the harpist Carolyn Deal, who has been making free tutorials for Double-Strung harps on YouTube for a few years now, has suffered a terrible and rapid hearing loss.
She encouraged me to reach for the double-strung and I have never looked back. She has uploaded about 80 harp tutorials that can also be used for single-strung harp, and are all clear and fun videos exploring all of the possibilities that the harp offers. Her channel is under the name “Smilingharp” and I recommend everyone to check it out, especially those that are into Celtic/New Age music, or those who want to discover the Double-Strung.
I personally do not know her, but I have learned a lot with her tutorials and her positivity and hard work made me want to do a little bit for her!
Today, she can barely hear.
All musicians must realise how painful it is to be unable to do what we love most. She is looking at surgery but (and I simply cannot understand the US way of doing things) she may not be able to afford it. There is a go-fund-me page for her so that she can have surgery. I will not upload the link ; my aim is not attention-grabbing but raising awareness to the issue. Many may know her work but not know of her condition yet ; perhaps others will discover her this way.
I of course encourage anyone who would want to support her.