Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Harps: Lever or Pedal?


collage made/edited with Pixlr and Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0

I recently received an inquiry about harps for a new student. Thought I'd share a modified version of my response.

There are different types of harps, but the most common in the U.S. are pedal harps and lever harps (even harps with no levers or pedals). Both pedal and pedal-free harps are harps and the musicians who play them should be respected as such. Lever harps are not necessarily beginner harps and can be used by beginners and professionals alike. There are professional harpers (lever harp players) and professional harpists. Some people can move levers very impressively! Whether or not a student plans eventually like to add the pedal harp to his/her repertoire, a lever harp will be beneficial and a good basis. Both types can play a variety of genres. Lever harps are also more affordable and generally more portable. :)

Some websites I'd recommend perusing for harps and harp information are Virginia Harp Center, Lyon and Healy, Salvi, Camac, Sylvia Woods Harp Center, Harp Spectrum, and Harp Column. These sites should be a good start. :)

Exploring the music that is played on the various models can be useful and fun. Some harpists/harpers you might like to check out are Jakez Fran├žois, Louise Trotter, Greg Buchanan, Deborah Hensen-Conant, Park Stickney, and Susann McDonald, and, of course, Harpo Marx. :)

If you're a harpist/harper, do you prefer playing pedal or pedal-free harps?

-Barbara

Friday, June 5, 2015

Making Harp Lessons Exciting for Young Children, 2nd ed

click the image to find the PDF at Sylvia Woods Harp Center!
click the image to find the PDF at Sylvia Woods Harp Center!

Are you ready for some super exciting news?! My mom's book, Making Harp Lessons Exciting for Young Children (2nd edition revised and edited by yours truly) is now available for purchase through the Sylvia Woods Harp Center! It's a PDF, so you can read it from your tablet or print it out. It's got lots of good ideas for teachers any instrument, if I do say so myself. My mom did a great job!

If you want to read this on a Kindle, check this tutorial on converting PDFs to Kindle format. I'm not sure how this will work, so it might have to be read as a PDF. Let me know if you try it!

Thank you for following! What's your favorite part of the book?

-Barbara

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Still blogging at this spot!

Hi all,

I posted previously that I was planning to start blogging on my website, fischarper.com. However, I've decided to keep the blog here for the time being :)

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement! You might've already seen it posted on social media or my website.

Have a great day!

-Barbara

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Website!

I now have a website! Check out the blog section of fischarper.com, where I'm planning to post future blog entries. :)