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Very New too

  • Unknown
    Unknown User

    Hi
    New to harping (though SO says not so) and to posting. I have disengaged all the levers and now can't remember how to get back to C. Really emabarrassed to tell my harp teacher, well to tell anyone. I have no musical theory, but since going through major surgery have found the harp very healing, other than my frustrations with lack of musical knowledge.
    Thanks
    Judi

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    • Sherry
      Sherry Lenox

      Hi Judeth- Lots of us newbies have to come to our harps after life changing events, and found that the harp itself can be the most life changing of all.

      If your harp is tuned in Eb, you need to raise 2 levers before the red C strings and one before the blue/black F strings. Try that, play a scale, and see if it sounds right. If not, let us know. Your teacher will not embarrass you- I have a degree in music education and it took me a long time to figure the levers out, and I'm not always sure even now. Keep us posted!     Sherry L.

    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      Thanks so much Sherry. the music is so much improved! This is important for us novices (and those who listen to us.)

      Judi

    • Sherry
      Sherry Lenox

      glad to help!

    • Rod
      Rod C.

      Judeth:

      Welcome.  You join many others who came to the harp with little or no music background. That was my case. I started about a year ago. As I convalesced after a serious shoulder injury/surgery, I reflected on life...and decided I wanted to play the harp!  I'm having the time of my life (despite the left shoulder injury!)

      So.....remember it's normal not to know this stuff if you're just starting. And there is no such thing as a "silly question."  Enjoy your journey into the strings!!

      Onward!

      Rod C.

       

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer Buehler

      Even experienced lever/pedal harpists will have levers or pedals marked at the beginning of the piece.  If that means writing "raise E,A, B levers" that's OK.  Nothings worse than coming in on, oh say, the bridal march in the wrong key.

      Jennifer

       

    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      My goodness, sounds like you may have had that experience
      Cheers and thanks for the encouragement from all