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When someone mentions harp music, probably the first thing that comes to mind is relaxing, angelic-sounding music. Something light and sweet, soft and ethereal. While that certainly pertains to a lot of harp music, this beautiful instrument is also featured in many great orchestral pieces, concertos, movie scores and even the occasional pop or rock song. You may never have thought that you’d be shopping for a harp, but musical interest can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and harps are a wonderful instrument for any musician.
The harp is a stringed instrument that features strings running at an angle to its soundboard. You pluck the strings with your fingers to create the beautiful sound that we are all familiar with. The harp has been around for centuries, dating all the way back to 3500 BC. It reached its true peak in popularity during the Renaissance, and that’s when different styles were developed. Some are small enough to sit in your lap (aptly called a lap harp), while others, the more traditional types (pedal harps, lever harps), are larger and heavier and must sit on the floor. Harp strings can be made from a variety of materials, from catgut to metal to nylon, and various combinations of those. Harps also differ in their construction, for example, some have pillars and some do not. Today’s models even have features like foot pedals or levers that can adjust the instrument’s pitch while being played.
When it comes to harps, one style isn’t inherently better than another. It all depends on the harpist and the type of music they wish to create. When you’re looking for a harp to purchase, one of the best-known harp manufacturer is Rees. They started out as a small family-owned business in the 1970’s. From there, the business grew immensely, and the owner decided to begin work full time crafting and selling their high-quality harps out of Rising Sun, Indiana.
Whether you are a new harper looking for your first harp, an experienced harpist, or you’re an educator looking for a harp to introduce your students to its beautiful sound, we have plenty of options to choose from in our selection. Please contact us if you have any questions or need help finishing your order.