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  • #105331
    deb-l
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    I had every string tuned down a 1/2 step for 7 flats in Barcarolle.

    #105332
    brook-boddie
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    Deb, if it’s the same Barcarolle that you mentioned in another post, you can play it in C major and it will sound completely normal because there are no accidentals.

    #105333
    deb-l
    Participant

    thanks Brook I did notice that, and that I could play music written in the key of C when all were tuned flat and that sounded OK too.

    #105334
    deb-l
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    Brook, thanks for mentioning playing Barcarolle in C.

    #105335
    kreig-kitts
    Member

    There were some other pieces I ran into like that, I think out of Salzedo’s Tiny Tales. They’re written for lever harp, but in progressively flat keys, for a lever harp tuned in C-flat. For anything with a lot of flats and no lever changes, you should be able to play it in the key a half step higher (D-flat to D, etc.) and read the same page.

    #105336
    joyce-schemanske
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    The reason that many pedal harp pieces are written in all flats is because that way you’re playing all all open strings.

    #105337
    deb-l
    Participant

    thanks Kreig, that’s a great way to explain it.

    #105338
    michael-rockowitz
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    Deb, I tune my harp daily, and I find that this happens quite often with my Xythia cross-strung as well, particularly with the middle and higher range of strings.

    #105339
    deb-l
    Participant

    Michael, I frequently have to tune as well.

    #105340
    e-nb
    Participant

    Do you use an electronic tuner? One which can shift the frequency? I use a Korg CA-30 which can shift A from 410 Hz to 480 Hz. I had a similar experience to yours, but my “Fairy” turned out to be a friend of my boyfriend’s who can’t resist any electronic gadget and when left unsupervised for a moment with a beer in his hand had discovered my tuner lying about, switched it on and started messing with all the buttons. I found myself trying to tune with A = 410 next time I used it.

    There are definitely such things as fairies, but mine tend to appear in the form of large long-haired beer swilling creatures. Sweet natured, but need to be kept away from button-encrusted gadgets.

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