HILA RENTAL FOLLOW-UP
HARP IN LA RENTAL
(CLICK ME FOR A BETTER VIEW)
Harp In LA
P O Box 65963
Los Angeles, CA 90065
PLAYING AND TUNING
Playing and tuning keeps your harp and your ear in tip-top shape. Instruments flex, stretch and grow their tone and your ears need to learn what the correct tone for each note should sound like.
The best way to train your harp and your ears is to Tune, Tune, Tune!
CLICK HERE to see a string chart for your rental harp.
Talk with your teacher, make sure you know how to tune your harp correctly.
Need more info? Ask HILA.
*TONE: From the latin, Tonus. The quality or character of a sound. "Your tone is beautiful, what technique!"
TUNE ME PLEASE!
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. And tuning is a great way for your ears to learn how notes should sound.
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.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF ME!
Here are a few things to remember to keep your rental in good playing condition:
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 chamois cloth. For fingerprints or smudges, use just a little bit of Endust. It is the only wood cleaner with no wax or polish in it.
PHEW, IT'S HOT IN HERE:
Never, EVER leave your rental 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!
OUCH - THAT HURTS!
Professional harpists always remove watches, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, and dangling earrings before they begin playing their 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 hurt your harp.
Surrounding yourself with artistic and musical endeavors can really motivate your harp playing. Attend a concert, dance performance, art exhibit, even a beautiful meal!
Start a journal, draw pictures or write about how the music you are playing makes you feel. Good days, bad days, all days are creative days. Become involved in the harp community and familiar with other harpists and their music.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENJOY!
Let us know if there is anything we can do.