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Happy Valentine’s Day, Kay!
I realize that hindsight is 20/20….but don’t you wonder what might have been if you started harp lessons earlier….
In my ultimate harp fantasy…..I am the first chair harpist for the Chicago Symphony…..LOL. ( I don’t think Sarah has any worries!)
I just make sure to ‘live in the moment’ and enjoy all the harp practice and performance I can.
I own a 36 string Aberdeen Meadows, with a range of C to C. If I had to do it all over again…I would have chosen A to A
The guts of all Lyon and Healy pedal harps are the same. However, they all have a diffefrent ‘tone’. Make sure you hear before you buy!
I would think that the inside of the column is smooth in all models…..(I can’t imagine that anyone would spend the time to carve something no one can see).
Since the inside is smooth on all (most??) models,
I visited the Lyon & Healy harp factory a few weeks ago. If you ever find yourself in Chicago with a few hours to spare…they give tours at noon. Highly recommended. And there are dozens of harps to try!
All of their
I have a Rees Aberdeen Meadows that I really love. Rich, warm tone, wonderful sustain. I play it in the Celtic Harp group I perform with.
I also have a 26 string Irish Harp built by Craig Pierpont of Another Era Lutherie in Kentucky. It is for travel and I hope to play in hospitdals and hospice. It has a retractable cello peg that lets me sit and play, and also pegs for a guitar strap to play while standing. For a little harp, it has a big tone.
I can’t imagine not having both.
I covet a Lyon and Healy 23 or 30 pedal harp. We’ll see….I’ll have to rearrange my furniture to make room!
The hotel was sold out during the conference. You can reserve now or after the new year, but I wouldn’t wait until close to the date.
I attended the Harp Gathering last summer, and it was wonderful!
I ordered the ensemble music, but had to leave Sunday morning to play in my teacher’s annual harp recital. I could not participate in the ensemble performance.
I am definately going next year. Especially since they added Thursday. And Kim Robertson will be there.
Jessica, you are right…my error!
I was thinking that since the low string is the C two octaves below middle C, that it was 36 strings.
That low C is more important (to me) than haveing the high A, B, and C, which I would not miss much.
I live about 30 minutes from Harps on Main where Mr. Rees has his shop and store. And I own a
Of course I’m going to Williamsburg next year…if they have it. There was talk about two year intervals in between BITM.
Do you know the schedule?
I play a lot of Irish and Welsh music. Quite often, these pieces are in G major (one sharp) or D major (two sharps). I still tune my harp to E flat major.
Than I am ready for all the sharps I really use, and can still play in the first three flat keys.
This could help. Your harp has already adjusted to being in tune in E flat. You can always stay in the key of C, but it will take time for your harp to get there.
Good luck! Holly
Congratulations! How time flies. My teacher is teaching me how to use the pedals….LOL. Kinda awkward, but maye I’ll get the hang of it.
May you have many more years of harping enjoyment!
I am a new harpist, but I’ve played the piano and taught for 40 years. The theory and note reading was easier for me having learned piano first, but the hand position and small muscle skills needed for harp vs. piano is much different. A year of daily Salzedo exercises helped tremendously!
I donated my piano a few years ago, so I don’t switch back and forth between the two instruments.
I really think that starting with just the harp is fine, although maybe a group piano lesson or a theory class later would help if the student is serious.
HollyJuly 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm in reply to: Valse des Ondines – Cecile Corbel – my latest song addiction #157940
You two have peaked my curosity! I’m always on the lookout for great harp music to learn.
Is this piece suitable for lever harp…or for pedal only?