I can answer the last question for you :). You do indeed tilt the harp back and rest it on your shoulder – both pedal harps and lever harps are tilted back when you play. As far as what happens to the pedals when you tilt the harp back, they are high enough off the ground that they still remain high off the ground when you tilt the harp back.
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I definitely agree with Andy’s post above of the 50 Christmas Carols arr by Sylvia Woods! That is a great Christmas book to have is full of lovely easy to play arrangements!
In addition, on of my favorites is from another collection of hers – I love the Silver Bells arrangement from her ‘Four Holiday Favorites’. It has Silver Bells ( so pretty), Frosty the Snowman, Let it Snow and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (another of my favorites to play!).
Ok, this may not be the issue but just in case, perhaps it is a loos foot on the harp? I only say this because I had that issue with my very first rental harp and I just could not find the problem but I noticed when I was tuning it and had all 3 feet on the ground there was no buzz. I finally found that one of the feet was the tiniest bit loose (I would never have seen it) and I tightened it and no more buzz.
I played on an Isolde for lessons but when the time came to buy, I tried out as many harps as I could get my hands on and I purchased the Excaliber. The string tension is tighter and it felt great to me, but I also greatly preferred the sound. It’s sound is quite massive I feel, especially for a lever harp. Very crisp and just wonderful and HUGE. The Isolde is a very nice harp as well, but had a looser feel and nowhere near the volume, clarity or volume of the Excaliber.
Definitely play them both, as they are both very nice lever harps. I have not had the opportunity to play the Aziliz.tanyanoel on January 28, 2019 at 1:22 pm · in reply to: Bench placement for the..ahem… larger chested harpist….. #224424
That is a good idea, I’ll try some out and see if that helps!tanyanoel on January 28, 2019 at 12:14 pm · in reply to: What's on your music stand? January 2019 #224421
I do love reading these threads, always like seeing what people are working on!
I am working on Dussek’s Harp Sonata in C minor (so beautiful!), Au Bord Du Ruisseau H. Renie and Feuilles D’Autumne Hasselman. I am really enjoying these pieces and I can’t decide which I like the best, every time I switch to practicing the next piece I keep saying ‘oh this one is definitely my favorite!’. I think they sound nice at various tempos, so it is very rewarding for me that even as I practice them downtempo they still sound so lovely.
tanyanoel on January 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm · in reply to: Looking for an arrangement of Stand By Me #224335
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What timing, I found this one last week and it is very cool. If you click on the page of music there you can also see a video of the arranger playing this.
I have the Bardic 27 as an additional travel harp and I LOVE it. I tried both and like having 27 strings instead of 22, but I think the 22 would be perfect for what you want to use it for. They are both super lightweight and you can get great little soft bags for them to use when you travel.