We recently experimented with some different strings on our Hurdy Gurdy and were amazed at how much these new strings improve the tone. They are more expensive (the new strings cost $99.00 and the old set was $39) but we feel the improved tone makes it worth the price. You can purchase the new strings … Continue reading New Hurdy Gurdy Strings
Here are some chords you can play on Strumbly. Chords are grouped by tuning. Click the tuning you like to see the chords.
I am considering becoming a harp owner, and have been practicing on a borrowed one for a few months. What do I need to know so I can make a wise purchase and continue learning to play? This is a great question and one we hear quite often. Here are some general suggestions to get … Continue reading Harp 101
What size string do I need for my musical instrument? We often hear from folks that have “found an old zither in the attic” or “picked up this instrument at a garage sale” or had an instrument given to them by a well-intentioned friend or relative. There are a myriad variety of these old zithers, … Continue reading Steel String Finder
Here are a collection of articles Jerry wrote for the Folk Harp Journal about home built harps. This features were written to celebrate and encourage the craft of harp-making by home hobbyists around the world. The goal was to publicize the excellent, and sometimes surprising, results of several of these adventurous woodworkers. The focus is … Continue reading Home Built Harps
The following is an excerpt from Chapter Four of Jerry Brown’s book on harp making, Folk Harp Design and Construction. The entire 150-page manual is in print in a 3-ring binder or as a downloadable PDF file. The Great Plywood Debate: Laminated -vs- Solid Soundboards There has been rather heated discussion over the years … Continue reading Harp Soundboards: Plywood vs Solid Wood
TUNING TIPS: It is best to tune the harp with all sharping levers flipped down (disengaged), so there will be no interference from the levers. Please note that this means you may be tuning some strings to flats instead of natural notes. If you have levers on the B strings, for example, you should tune … Continue reading Care and Feeding of your Harp
Here are some practice tips brought to you by some of our local harp teachers. 1. Practice a measure at a time right hand alone then left hand alone then put together, then move to the next measure. In order to resist the temptation to play the whole piece through – use sticky notes to … Continue reading Music Practice Tips
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Produced from 2012 to 2017 Info The Lil’ Lyre was a simple 10 string instrument. It was 14″ tall, 10″ wide, and weighed about 5 pounds. It was built with a poplar frame and baltic birch front and back. Download the kit assembly instructions. Strings (4) Loop-end stings, .016″ dia. (6) Loop-end strings, .014″ dia.