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  • What about the harp?

    Nobody ever discusses the harp here. I mean it's got 6 strings, several times over, doesn't it? What's the problem then? "Elitism"? In a perfect world, it would be the ultimate chick magnet, though I've rarely seen a guy play it, I must confess.



    Isn't it somewhat "related" to our beloved 6-strings? C'mon, we can always talk about proper posture, finger nail length, tonewood type (?), etc., no?



    Like does Eastman make harps? I'd get one sight unseen.



    Am I wrong in thinking that the harp is not getting the respect it deserves?



    It looks like the world won't be coming to an end after all.



    I can hear harps playing....
    no pain no gain no volume : "D03nut"

    CMWANLW (kwba)

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    OK, harps! A friend of mine's wife plays pedal harp and she is good. But the coolest thing she does is give people harp massage. What you do is lean into the main post of the harp and then she plays. It is the coolest feeling. She is in San Diego, and were suppose to do some Christmas carols when I go down after Christmas. We were going to do harp and hammer dulcimer, if we do we will record it.

    Bob
    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
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    Guild GAD JF-30
    Guild D212 12 Westerly,RI 1981
    Lyle Hummingbird
    Holloway Harp Guitar
    Lyle ES335
    HCAG Civil Posters Society #10
    My Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/bobstarr

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    • #3
      Reel men play lyres.



      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQrmycg8-Qc

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      • #4






        Quote Originally Posted by Starrshine
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        But the coolest thing she does is give people harp massage. What you do is lean into the main post of the harp and then she plays. It is the coolest feeling.




        Harp massage !!!??? Aahhh.....oooohhhh......ehhh. I just gotta get me one before I die. My....



        Oh, stupid question: and what does she play?
        no pain no gain no volume : "D03nut"

        CMWANLW (kwba)

        www.musishen.com

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          • #6
            Not popular because they're a bitch to carry to gigs. Whenever you leave it on stage, EVERYONE just has to put their fingers on it, the stupid "angel" jokes get tiresome, and it's really, really tough to learn how to bend notes. Also tough to clamp a snark to one.. tuning on the fly for that one drop-C# tune is slow, and.. speaking of jokes,



            What's perfect pitch?



            When you throw a harp into the dumpster and it lands on a uke...just doesn't make sense when you consider the heft of a full size harp..



            These are all good reasons the harp isn't talked about much.
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            • #7
              You're supposed to get a harp to play while you sit on the clouds, after you die. Why worry about it now?
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                Quote Originally Posted by d03nut
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                Harp massage !!!??? Aahhh.....oooohhhh......ehhh. I just gotta get me one before I die. My....



                Oh, stupid question: and what does she play?




                She is classically trained. And, Neal, You step on pedals or use sharping levers to sharp to get that C# . I have a small harp, but I find that my callouses catch on the strings, very annoying!!!

                Bob
                Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
                -------------------------------
                Guild GAD JF-30
                Guild D212 12 Westerly,RI 1981
                Lyle Hummingbird
                Holloway Harp Guitar
                Lyle ES335
                HCAG Civil Posters Society #10
                My Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/bobstarr

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                  Quote Originally Posted by Starrshine
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                  She is classically trained. And, Neal, You step on pedals or use sharping levers to sharp to get that C# . I have a small harp, but I find that my callouses catch on the strings, very annoying!!!

                  Bob




                  Bob, YOU might step on pedals, but the rest of us are still trying to figure out how to bend notes on a harp the right way! And don't give me that "it's easy, there are pedals for that just like a B-Bender on a guitar" sort of rigamarole. And it's really hard to play "Stairway to Heaven" in a music store at volume enough to irritate everyone. Capos are near impossible to use. And what about slide? That's a tough one. Really tough.



                  Plus the thousand strings, what a day wasted changing..
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                  • #10
                    Well, I've thrown harps into dumpsters and had them land on other things besides ukes. Usually, but not always something different. They've landed on banjos a couple times.
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                    • #11
                      I have a little "chromatic" Esabella cross strung harp.







                      The cross strung harp is a very hard instrument to learn. I have a long way to go.
                      “One who loves & understands nature will never be alone & will never be afraid.”
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                        Quote Originally Posted by JasmineTea
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                        Well, I've thrown harps into dumpsters and had them land on other things besides ukes. Usually, but not always something different. They've landed on banjos a couple times.




                        Talk about perfect effin' pitch!!!!
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                        • #13






                          Quote Originally Posted by FretFiend.
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                          You're supposed to get a harp to play while you sit on the clouds, after you die. Why worry about it now?




                          Some of us would prefer not to go there...think about it...Eternity being around a bunch of folks who may or may not have either a sense of pitch or rhythm, all playing the same instruments?



                          At least Hell has jazz and blues!









                          Quote Originally Posted by dparr
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                          I have a little "chromatic" Esabella cross strung harp.







                          The cross strung harp is a very hard instrument to learn. I have a long way to go.




                          I'd never get that in my neck rack!
                          God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                          • #14
                            Does one of these count?



                            http://acapella.harmony-central.com/...AHD&highlight=
                            Howard

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                            • #15
                              I built a harp in college, and actually just last week scrapped it for parts. They sound nice, but there's just not a lot of application to the live music settings I've fallen into. I'll let you know when I pitch what's left of it into the dumpster.
                              Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

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                              Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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