The harp is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments in the world. It has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard. Each string is attached to a metal pin or wooden peg. There are different sizes of a harp instrument. There are small harps that can be played on the lap, and larger harps that are very heavy and rest on the floor. Strings may be made of various materials, such as metal, nylon, catgut, or some combination. The main components of a harp are the neck, the resonator and strings.
In modern harps, different techniques are used to extend the range of the strings, such as the adjustment of a string’s note mid performance with pedals or levers which alter the pitch.
Harps are made mainly of wood, and have a triangular shape. The top end of each string is attached to the crossbar or neck of the instrument. From there, the string runs down to the sounding board on the body, where it is secured with a knot.
Dating back as early as 3500 BC, harps have been known since antiquity in Africa, Europe, and Asia. During the Middle Ages, the instrument had a lot of popularity in Europe. The early harps had no devices that would help the players to play in different keys. In the first half of the 17th century, on the left side of the harp, a row of metal hooks was placed.
The harp can be used in almost every music genre, from country, to rock, Celtic but most often it appears in classical music. Some of the most influential harpists are: Marco Marazzoli, Jon Anderson, Carlos Salzedo, Joanna Newsom and Juan Hidalgo.
At Varsity music we provide a great range of new and used harps available to buy online. They are the best on the market and serviced by our trained musicians.
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