recording my celtic harp – noisy fingers!

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  • Participant
    unknown-user on #162775

    My husband and I are trying to make an “amateur” recording of my celtic harp for a family member…I just got a new harp, and unlike playing my older harp, my fingers make a “sliding” noise on the nylon strings when I play. I can’t stand that sound on the recording!

    Participant
    Jerusha Amado on #162776

    Anne,

    If you’re using a mic on a stand, try aiming it in the opposite direction of your harp so that it doesn’t pick up every noise directly.

    Participant
    unknown-user on #162777

    Jerusha,

    Thanks for your reply!

    Participant
    bernhard-schmidt on #162778

    Anne,
    this is a known problem to new Nylon strings. Surely it will go away after a while.

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    hannah-roberts on #162779

    Hi Anne,

    My husband uses this thing a lot in his recording that he calls a “plouf” in French. No idea what it is in English, but it’s a fine-mesh screen that filters out some of the little noises that you don’t want when you’re recording, like Ps and Ss that end up sounding really explosive when people sing, and squeaking and popping on guitar strings.

    If you have one of these, you might give it a try. If

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    tony-morosco on #162780

    I would suggest trying to use a

    Participant
    unknown-user on #162781

    Thanks, everyone for your feedback! We tried the “plouf” (we call it a “pop filter”) idea, and that helped a little bit. I will try some moisturizer and see if that helps.

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    hannah-roberts on #162782

    Thanks from me and my husband for telling

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