Pedal Harp for 5 ft. person

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  • Participant
    unknown-user on #164778

    Hi again,


    Participant
    catherine-rogers on #164779

    It would be helpful to know why your teacher advised against student models, which are smaller. Perhaps because they generally lack some strings that you will later need for more advanced literature.

    You are tall enough to play a concert grand or semi-grand. The key is knowing where to sit, relative to the instrument.

    If price is an issue, consider a used harp, but have it carefully checked out by a trained professional first. If weight is a problem, consider Camac harps, which often weigh less than some other makes of comparable size.

    Contact the major harp companies–Lyon & Healy, Salvi, Venus, Camac, Aoyama–and ask for brochures with the specs on their various models so you can compare price, weight, number of strings, etc. Then you can make a more educated decision.


    Participant
    Pat Eisenberger on #164780

    My teacher is under 5 feet call and plays a


    Participant
    Jessica Frost on #164781

    Jessica,

    I am 4’11” and have been playing a concert grand Lyon and Healy 23 since I was a freshman in college (I also have not grown at all since I was in middle school).


    Participant
    Leigh Griffith on #164782

    How does she do it?! I am 4′ 9″ tall and have just about decided that
    32 strings is my maximum reach! (And that felt like a stretch!) Is
    there a better way to sit, turn the harp, what? I would like to be able
    to have more strings, but have been feeling like, “If I can’t reach
    ’em, why pay for ’em?” Is there a book or video somewhere that would
    help with a good – posture and reach wise – positioning? (I also have
    arthritis and a bad back). This is new ground for my mentor who has
    never worked with someone as short as I am.

    Thanks!
    Leigh


    Participant
    Jessica Frost on #164783

    I don’t know why it works for me.


    Participant
    Leigh Griffith on #164784

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