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Profile of the Harp

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Name:

Harp

Family:

Plucked string instrument

How to Play:

Harps are played by strumming or plucking the strings while seated.

Types:

Concert grand harps has 47 strings and a range of 6 octaves. There are various types of harps:
  • Pedal Harp - Also known as the classical harp, has 7 pedals at the base.
  • Lever Harp - Also known as the folk harp, are non-pedal harps.

    There are also Celtic, Irish, Wire-strung, Double strung and lap harps.

  • First Known Harp:

    The harp is one of the oldest musical instruments; archaeologists discovered a wall painting in Ancient Egyptian tombs which resembled that of a harp and dates back to 3000 BC.

    Harp Players:

    One of the well known harp players today is Sylvia Woods.
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