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What’s the difference between lever harp and celtic harp?

I know that the lever harp has levers at the top to make the note sharp but beside from that are there any other big differences? Also, I really want to, and plan on, learning to play the harp. For a beginner, which one should I choose?

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3 Responses to "What’s the difference between lever harp and celtic harp?"

  1. hot dog says:
    they are spelled differently?
  2. mysticbarkingcow says:
    A celtic harp is a lever harp the terms you are looking for are celtic and folk which are different names for the same thing too. Lever harps can range from lap harps about 2 ft tall with 22 strings to 5 ft tall with as man as 40 strings.These strings come in nylon, wire, and gut as a beginner I do not recommend wire strings because they are difficult to replace if they break and generally more expensive but they do give the base a great sound. For a beginner if you are not sure about playing the harp start off by renting. There are great harp stores out their that will rent you a harp till you are ready to commit because committing is a big step and can cost quite a bit. If you are ready to commit shop around have someone else play the harp you are thinking about getting to see if you like the sound as a audience member, harps sound different when you are playing them. Also I would not recommend lap harps in general. Although they are easier to carry around it is also very hard to find one that sounds good because they are too small in addition they severely limit your song selections because many harp songs require at least 3 and 1/2 octaves. Hope this helps and like I said there really is not I difference just celtic harp sounds much fancier than a folk harp.
  3. Doc says:
    You’re right…lever harp is the name of the particular type of harp, which has sharping levers at the top of each string, which will bring up the pitch of a string by half a step when engaged.
    “Celtic harp” refers to the particular style of music; in much the same way, there is no such thing as a “blues guitar”; but that is the name of a style of music you can play on a guitar.

    I play in a Celtic, specifically Irish, style on a lever harp. If someone asks me what kind of harp I have, I usually refer to it as an Irish harp, even though that’s not quite accurate, because it quickly and simply describes my style much more efficiently than being particular and calling it a lever harp…but you may choose differently.

    As a beginning harp player, I’d suggest asking a harp teacher for his or her recommendations. Many pedal harp players start with lever harps, but then discard them as only a stepping stone to learning pedal harp. I find that approach flawed, to say the least; lever harps are used for different styles of music, and are meant for different playing environments than pedal harps.

    The size of the harp isn’t really important. There are professional players who enjoy having a few octaves to play with; my harp has 32 strings and 4 1/2 octaves, and I find that range to be very comfortable; but other players enjoy the challenge of having fewer strings to work with, and plenty of music can be done on smaller harps.

    I’d recommend any harp by Dusty Strings; they put out high-quality and very durable harps; I’ve played one of theirs for sixteen years now. Other excellent makers are Triplett and Thormahlen.
    If you have a music store near you, you should go and check them out for yourself, and see which one fits you best.

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