Good morning everyone,
I apologise if a similar topic has already been created before but I haven’t found anything in the archives.
I am very new at the harp, and I intend to practice in particular the Celtic harp for Celtic songs, having grown up hearing this in Brittany (France). Hence, this topic concerns only the lever harps although I suppose we could give informations about the pedal harp here as well.
I wonder if we could do a compilation of which levers to flip when we want to reach a particular tone.
What I mean by tone is : “an accent peculiar to a person, people, locality, etc., or a characteristic mode of sounding words in speech.” (Definition by Dictionary.com). Perhaps this is not the correct word used in music in English, you’ll have to forgive my lack of knowledge there as I study music in French.
So, for example, flipping up the E (mi), A (la) and B (ti) levers and leaving the other levers down gives us the range in C major (gamme en do majeur). The C major is used for most children’s song and standard music.
I know however that some ranges correspond with particular music styles. In your opinion, what would be the best tone for medieval music? For Irish celtic music? Bolivian harp music? Latino? Asian-style (shamisen) music?
And which levers would you need to flip to get there?
I realise that this question might sound ignorant, since you adapt the levers to a specific tune and not to a tone. But what I have in mind is a form of improvisation, sort of what one does when playing Therapy Harp. When playing therapy, you don’t focus on flipping levers, only on the effect the melody has on the patient. In this case, the way the levers are is going to give a different tone to the melody.
What do you think? Do you have specific palettes in mind that give different tones?