Every harpist has that bag they take with them everywhere their harp goes. Call it the string bag, the gig bag, or whatever you want. What do you keep in your “survival kit?” I’m curious what kind of obscure things you could not live without on your outings with your harp. The extra strings, tuner with a pickup, and tuning key are a given. I have seen all kinds of crazy things come out of harpists bags so I thought this might be fun 🙂
Door stops x2
Spare tights (pantyhose for those outside the UK!)
Elastic straps to hold music onto stand on windy days
Clip on light
Sign saying “please do not touch”
Photo of the dog
Besides the obvious necessities: a rabbit-fur muff with a hand-warmer packet inside; several chunks of candied ginger (gets the circulation going in about 20 minutes): a health bar in case I need extra protein; business cards; 2 pens printed with my contact information, one to give away to the event manager; a blank contract; Tiny memo pad for any phone, hint of a requested piece I should learn, etc.;that special pliers with wire-cutter on the side from the roll-up kit of Lyon and Healy; complete set of extra strings along with tiny scissors and a small snack-size baggie with string anchors; good map of event location
I also add a doorstop in multiple sizes for different doors. I have a nifty pink one that’s shaped like an apostrophe that I picked up at a hardware store. Before that I carried three different sized doorstops, for holding doors open while moving my harp.
I talked about mine here:
(My harp case has a string pocket so I don’t have to worry about those.)
These days my gig bag is much lighter thanks to the addition of an IPad. I have put almost all my music in there, it has an electronic tuner, several apps that can record, and the ability to look up almost any reference material I need.
Some of the other things I carry I haven’t seen mentioned are a small flashlight, a bottle of water, a Swiss army knife, and a small first aid kit.
I can’t help it, I was a boyscout once.
Plus all the typical stuff, including strings. Lot and lots and lots of strings.
Hee hee! WD40 is a tribute to my Dad who never left home without it!! If anything is squeaking or sticking (my harp trolley wheel just last weekend for example) it frees it up. Good for damp spark plugs in the car too. Wouldn’t spray it anywhere on the harp though just in case I did some damage!
- The forum ‘Amateur Harpists’ is closed to new topics and replies.