USED HARP FOLLOW-UP
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HOW IS YOUR USED HARP?
Insure your harp.
Basic care for your harp.
Playing and tuning.
Need help with anything?
INSURANCE: ARE YOU COVERED?
See about adding your harp to your home owner's or renters insurance policy. There are also instrument insurance plans available.
CLICK ME to find out about instrument insurance options.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF ME!
You don't need to to do much to keep your harp happy-clean. For dust, wipe your harp down using a plain dust cloth or feather duster. For fingerprints or smudges, use nothing except just a little bit of Endust. It is the only wood cleaner with no wax or polish in it (any oils or polishes may harm the finish on your harp).
PHEW, IT'S HOT IN HERE:
NEVER, EVER leave your harp in a parked car. Heat builds up in a parked car and can literally melt the glue that holds your harp together. This damage may not be immediate, but it can cause your harp to fall apart - even explode!
NEVER, EVER keep your harp near a heater or AC vent. Always keep your harp in a climate-controlled area. It will thank you by remaining stable in pitch with less string breakage.
Always remove watches, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, dangling earrings and even wedding bands before playing your harp. These items can scratch the harp and also, distract you (and your audience) while playing. Belt buckles and shirts with large buttons or studs also can damage the finish or wood of your harp.
Minimize the possibility of your harp falling over when not in use by placing it on a flat, firm surface. Thick, soft-pile carpets may leave the harp feeling unsteady, so be sure to place your harp with your bench or stool just behind it after playing, to keep it steady.
After your first year of ownership, set an appointment with a certified harp technician to make sure all is going well with your harp. Especially being a bit on the older side, your technician will be able to tell you how things are going with your harp and you can bring up perhaps things you’ve noticed while playing the harp that the technician is able to tweak for you. CLICK ME and read how to prepare for a harp service.
PLAYING AND TUNING
Playing and tuning keeps your harp in tip-top shape. New instruments need to flex, stretch and grow their tone. It is very important to tune every single string on your harp, not just the ones you play! Not only will your harp perform and sound better, you are training your ear to properly hear the correct sound for each note. So, play that harp and keep it in tune, it's the best thing you can do for it.
STRING BROKEN? DON'T BE AFRAID: Strings break. Tuning and breaking strings are part of owning and playing the harp. If you have a teacher ask for help.
CLICK ME to find a string chart for your harp.
Think about purchasing an extra set of strings for your harp, because you never know when a string might break. Need more info? Ask HILA.
(Everyone has their own special way to knot/replace a string. Be sure to speak to your teacher about how to replace a broken string on your harp.)
TUNE, TUNE, TUNE!
One of the best things you can do for your harp is to tune it and not just the strings you play - all the strings! Your harp needs to feel even tension and be in correct pitch everyday of its life to feel calm and happy.
Peterson Strobe Tuners are the tuners used in many harp factories during the last regulation process. iStroboSoft is a mini version you can download to your iPad, iPhone or Android. Don't be intimidated by this app; everything you see on the screen is there to help you. If you are confused by the app, have your teacher show you how to use it correctly.
Some find Cleartune's Note Wheel app easier to read and not so intimidating. Learn about both, and tune, tune, tune!
CLICK ME to learn about Peterson's Apple Tuner App.
CLICK ME to learn about Peterson's Android Tuner App.
CLICK ME to learn about ClearTune's Apple App.
CLICK ME to learn about ClearTune's Android App.
LISTEN TO SYLVIA WOODS EXPLAIN HOW TO TUNE YOUR HARP
Surrounding yourself with artistic and musical endeavors can really motivate your harp playing. Attend a concert, dance performance, art exhibit, even a make a great meal! Become involved in the harp community and familiarize yourself with other harpists and their music.