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  1. Standard member mikelom
    Ajarn
    09 Apr '11 12:17
    I have wanted to play the harp for a long time, and am considering investing in one to see if it is a viable instrument for me to play.

    I play classical guitar,as most know, and therefore have the right hand for triplets and long stretches, and my left hand is rhytmical and base. I have heard transposing/transforming to harp isn't too difficult for a classical guitar player, although of course musically it will be a huge challenge with scales (chromatic etc), and, if a levered harp, jumping to F# and Bb at the press of a pedal.

    If anybody playes here, can you possibly give some beginner advice in which type of harp to buy, a reasonably costed quality make that won't break the bank, and some possible books to get me started?

    Thanks,

    -m.
  2. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    09 Apr '11 12:42
    Hohner blues harp. Just 26 euros. It's all you need.
  3. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    09 Apr '11 18:23
    Originally posted by mikelom
    I have wanted to play the harp for a long time, and am considering investing in one to see if it is a viable instrument for me to play.

    I play classical guitar,as most know, and therefore have the right hand for triplets and long stretches, and my left hand is rhytmical and base. I have heard transposing/transforming to harp isn't too difficult for a clas ...[text shortened]... y make that won't break the bank, and some possible books to get me started?

    Thanks,

    -m.
    First, do you have any of your guitar music on say, you tube or myspace? I'd love to hear your work. As to harps, the big concert harps are VERY expensive, I play at the harp, a small irish harp. Leboeuf, a long time buddy plays here, his wife has two classical harps, huge puppies! I repaired one of them for her. I would suggest getting a smaller south american harp before you invest 10 thousand or more in a classic harp and getting a good teacher.

    Here is a link to a harp site, featuring Peruvian harps and there is one solo and one band with a folk dance.

    http://www.celticharper.com/harpblog/?cat=369