Which do you prefer?

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    Tacye on #105577

    Fsharps may help the 2nd lot of arpeggios.

    joseph-pagani on #105578

    Yes that’s the one! I use the Sarah Bullen “Principal Harp” edition and they use the 1234321. It makes sense but It’ just getting my hand used to the turn (I really want to repeat that bottom note!) I used the “Add-A-Note” to get used to going up, so I was wondering if there was some kind of technique to help get the turn. Thank You So Much 😀

    unknown-user on #105568

    I’m thinking of investing in a new harp cart.

    I’ve narrowed the choices down to the standard L&H, as well as the six wheeled model, whose manufacturer I can’t remember right now. They’re approximately the same price, so that’s not really the issue. I’ve used both, but I can’t definitively remember what I thought of them at the time. I seem to remember, however, that the L&H model held the harp on the cart a bit better and was very sturdy, while the six wheeled navigated tricky surfaces and pathways better and climbed stairs better. Does that sound right? What are your preferences?


    kay-lister on #105569

    Hi Sam,

    I have the 6 wheel K2 harp cart.

    Misty Harrison on #105570

    being used to the mckay dolly (don’t know if that’s the right spelling) i found the 6-wheeled one hard to maneuver because the wheels were so small but i was intrigued with the idea of being able to go up stairs better so i wish i’d seen someone move a harp with it that was used to it

    might be lame but i’d like to see a clip of that on youtube so i can see how it’s supposed to work

    Tacye on #105579

    Sorry, no tricks, just technical practice.

    diana-day on #105571

    I have the K2 with the extended bottom, and it works well even on paving stones and brick steps.

    unknown-user on #105572

    That’s a great idea about the videos! Nothing’s better than personally trying one, however.

    How long is the extended bottom (roughly)? I have a cart right now (which is neither of the two I’m interesting in) and it has an extended base, which is just awful. The small lip that supports only the back feet is infinitely more steady, at least in my experience.


    unknown-user on #105580

    To add on to what Tacye just said, you could put in the tiniest lift after the second to bottom note, and the lowest note. Eventually, that should disappear, but its a good practice technique to get you started. You might also consider practicing with rhythms. That is, instead of playing the arpeggio as equal sixteenths, play them as dotted sixteenth notes and then a thirty second. Basically, play two successive notes, then pause, then play the next two and repeat. Play those notes fast, and pause only as long as you need to get a grip on the next strings. Alternate the group of notes that is played fast. Does that make sense?


    sidney-butler on #105573

    I have a 6-wheel cart that I think is way better than the K2 cart.

    diana-day on #105574

    Sam, it’s eighteen inches from side to side and about seven and three quarter inches from back to front. What Sidney said about the tipping thing is true, but I guess you can avoid

    john-strand on #105575
    Hi – I know you said you have narrowed it down, but thought I might add this –
    Misty Harrison on #105576

    some harpists like those carts but they can be heavy if you’re not a huge guy what i mean is soem people who aren’t small find them to be lightweight but smaller or not as strong people tend to find them unbearably heavy especially to lift in to a car when loading the harp and cart etc. for gigs

    and the tires go flat at times or come off the cart

    when the tires are working well they certainly are the best thing for going upstairs that’s for sure but it’s a big pain when one of the tires pops off while you’re moving the harp or goes flat

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