Beth, 9, playing on her Lyon and Healy Ogden Harp
Have you always wanted to play the harp? Harp is known for its vibrating sounds that relaxes your soul, and often used for therapies and healing. Unlike other string instrument the harp is fixed-pitched and doesn't squeak, and its sound is pleasant to your ears. (sorry, violin!) Beginners can sound very good from the first day.
When you decide you want to take a lesson, you'd need to get a harp to practice at home. I suggest you rent a harp for the first 6-12 months to see if this is something you like. Then you can purchase your own harp.
Harps come in different sizes but largely divided into two categories: lever/folk harps, and pedal harps.
Lever/folk harps ranges from 3-5 octaves with levers on top to raise semi-tones (works like black-keys on the piano). Generally string tension is less then pedal harps and it's probably easier for beginners to play.
Pedal harps come with seven pedals to control seven different pitches in a scale. There are three steps to the pedal: flat, natural, and sharp, from top to bottom. Each pedal controls all of the same letter name strings as you move. (For example, D pedal controls all the D strings). Pedal harps requires complicated foot works especially when a piece has chromatic passages.
Which harp to rent? I would say lever harps would be great for beginners. Lever harps are less expensive, yet you can learn the same technique.
I currently have 2 harps available for rent.
Lyon and Healy Style 100 pedal harp
Triplette full-lever 36 strings harp
Pedal harp is $250 per month, or $200 if you take lessons from me. $400 refundable security deposit is required.
Triplette harp is $80 per month. $200 refundable security deposit is required.
Harp lessons are held at my studio in Irvine. Online lessons are available as well. Please contact me if you are interested in harp lessons/rentals.