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How much are harps and how difficult are they to learn?

I have some music experience, I’ve been playing guitar for around 3 years and have gotten pretty good at it. I taught myself how to play using guitar tablature and a variety of sources on the internet. I haven’t written any of my own music yet, but i have been coming up with a plan for a concept album I would like to try to make someday. Anyways, I would like to learn another instrument eventually, and I think harp would be an awesome one to learn. I love the sound of harps, and I also think it would be a perfect instrument to go with the music I would like to write.

So, I have a few questions about harps. First, I noticed when I did a quick google shopping search that harps come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and number of strings. If I do eventually get one, How can I decide which harp is the right one to get? Second, how much should I expect to pay for a good harp? For example, the first result on my google shopping search is a 36″ tall harp with 22 strings for around $300 that looks pretty nice. Would a harp like that be a good one to get? $300 is definitely an affordable price for me, but I’m afraid 22 strings might be a bit too few considering a lot of harps have over 40 strings. I’m a very poor college student, but I just got a job so I will finally be making some money pretty soon, but still, I can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars on a harp. Ideally I’d prefer to pay around $500 or less, but I could go a bit higher if I needed to. Third, what’s a good place to purchase a harp from? I’ve never seen a harp in any of the music stores I’ve been to. And finally, how difficult are they to learn? I would like to take lessons, but if I’m paying a lot of money for a harp I probably won’t be able to afford lessons for it as well. So really what I mean to ask is how difficult would it be to teach myself how to play a harp? Are there a lot of online sources that I can use to teach myself to play it?

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One Response to "How much are harps and how difficult are they to learn?"

  1. Madelyn Gutierrez says:
    I play the harp and I started off with a lyon and healy prelude. It’s awsome it has the same shape as a full pedal harp just a little smaller. You can rent them at the harp connection for 80 bucks a month or buy one for 4,500 something like that. I wouldnt go for the little 300 harps cuz those are folk harps and if your looking for something good you might as well start with a lyon and healy lever. NOW if you wanna go straight for a pedal harp those are REALLY expensive ranging between 15-40 thousand and up depending on the style, finish and well everything else. Size and they even make those beautiful gold harps i cant afford =(. The prelude I was talking to you about has 40 strings. a full harp has 47 strings so a prelude is really the best way to start.
    But yea you should start off renting. The Harp Connection delivers the harp anywhere to the U.S. for an additional cost but its worth it. The harp is, from the three instruments I play being the harp, piano and violin, the easiest to play and the one with the best sound. If you play the piano the harp’s gunna be really easy. Dont get discouraged if you have little hands cuz the my teacher always told me the best harpists have small hands and I’m doing awsome so best of luck and have fun. It’s an amazing instrument but seriously do it justice and rent a good one instead of buying a $500 folk harp that wont serve its purpose.

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