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Questions tagged [harp]

A string instrument with strings perpendicular to the soundboard. For questions regarding the free reed wind instrument, use the "harmonica" tag.

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Shape of a concert harp

Here is a typical concert harp: Concert harp image at Wikipedia The soundboard rises in a straight line from the lower notes to the higher ones. This makes sense as you would expect shorter strings ...
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Harp Multiple Glissando

I don't know if it is the correct term, but how to write in the score a harp glissando where the hands pass many times from the start note to the endnote? Here's an audio example: https://drive....
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How to write this glissando/arpeggio for orchestral harp?

I want to end my piece with the following orchestral harp glissando/arpeggio (not sure which term best applies), starting with Ab2 on the fourth beat, using only the first and fifth note of each ...
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Why do these notes have two sets of beams?

I'm puzzled by the bar ringed in red from a piece for Celtic harp (La danseuse T'ang, in Images de Chine, by Monique Grabus). There are two sets of beams, and every note has both an upward stem and ...
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Is a harp harder to play than a guitar? [closed]

Many people say that the harp is more difficult to play than the guitar. It seems to me that the opposite is true since every string on a guitar has many frets, say 15, so 6 strings * 15=75 notes ...
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Scoring for the harp

I would like to know more about scoring for the harp. I don't really intend to attempt to write music for the harp but I would like to improve my understanding and appreciation. I am considering ...
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Buying a harp, what to consider

I'm considering the purchase of a harp for a first-time harpist with a high level of competency playing the piano and recorder, as well as composition. What factors should I consider? A few more ...
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Stereo instrument input on iOs interface

I need to connect an Electro Harp to an iPad for experimenting distortion with a modelling app (such as Bias FX). I have tested a Line6 Mobile Pod, it works fine for a mono instrument, and the harp ...
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Can you play harmonics on a harp?

This video seems to suggest to me you can. What is the technique called and how is it played?
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Is a harp anything like a piano?

I play and teach piano, and I would like to learn the harp. Does my knowing piano give me an advantage in playing the harp, or does it not matter? Are they anything alike? Thanks a million! Btw I am ...
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As a beginner, what should I look for in a 22 string harp?

I am looking to buy a (hopefully not too expensive) 22 string harp. I've never played the harp, nor do I know anyone who has one, so I have no idea what to look for or how to know if it is of ...
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Add harp muffle notation in Lilypond

I'd like to add a muffle notation to my music sheets for the harp. The notation is a cross with a circle inside for left hand and that plus a circle outside for both hands. Example: There are a few ...
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Lilypond finger placement brackets

In music sheets intended for beginner harpists it's very common that the fingering includes not only the numbers but also brackets that indicate which fingers are positioned at the same time, ...
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Articulations and Ornaments

I am currently studying some music scores, and I see some somethings that I don't know. I saw a French horn part that had a Plus (+) sign above it and it said "Stopped". I also saw a Harp Gliss. that ...
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Does the old Druid song, Les Series, have an ancient melody as Villemarque charted it?

This may be too long and specialized for many, but I'll put it up and see what kind of interest or reaction there is: Some of you may have heard of the old Druid number tutorial, Les Series or Ar ...
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Tension for nylon strings on Lyre

I'm currently in the process of restoring my [alto] Lyre, and I was wondering if there would be implications from using nylon strings instead of steel. There would be two reasons to use nylon over ...
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Is it OK to replace a harp string with an adjacent string?

I'm trying to fix up my girlfriend's Salvi concert harp, but just as I finally got the whole thing stringed and tuned, another string broke, and sadly, we did not have this specific string in stock. ...
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Harp Tuning Tendencies

I am a flutist and I will be playing flute in a harp ensemble. Is there anything I should know concerning tuning issues with harps while playing. Are there certain notes or octaves that are prone to ...
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Harp - “Half Pedal”

I know from Kurt Stone's book Music Notation in Twentieth Century: Hold pedal halfway between two notches to allow the string to vibrate against the tuning gear. So, how exactly is half pedal ...
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Thicker or thinner gauge for frequently snapping harp strings?

I have a kora (West-African harp) on which the highest two strings only seem to last about a week before snapping. The two strings are tuned to A (880Hz) and G (784Hz) respectively and are stretched ...