Like any music therapy instrument, the Reverie Harp needs to be tuned. Each instrument comes with a paper tuning template that slides right under the strings to help you tune the Reverie Harp. We recommend you purchase an electronic tuner for accurate tuning if you don’t already own one.
This article features:
- Downloadable Standard Tuning Chart for the Reverie Harp
- Video Tutorial for Tuning the Reverie Harp
- Audio Samples for Tuning the Reverie Harp
- Downloadable Alternative Tuning Charts for the Reverie Harp
- Tutorial for Replacing a Broken String on the Reverie Harp
Standard Tuning Chart for the Reverie Harp
How often should you tune? The harp is quite stable after the first 3-4 tunings, but you should expect to tune it at least once per week if you need it to be in tune with other instruments. If you only play the harp by itself, however, you may not need to tune it that frequently because all the strings tend to settle quite evenly across the harp.
The standard Reverie Harp tuning is a Pentatonic (5-note) scale in the key of C major. Those notes are C, D, E, G, & A (everything but the B and F notes). This makes the instrument harmonious no matter what notes you play together. When you pluck the strings randomly, even with your eyes closed, you will hear beautiful harmony – kind of like the tones of a wind chime.
Watch the following video and you can see just how easy it is to tune the Reverie Harp!
Audio Tuning File for Reverie Harp
On this MP3 file you will hear each string plucked 4 times.
Alternative Tuning Charts for the Reverie Harp
Although 95% of our customers don’t use anything other than the standard Reverie Harp tuning, we do have other tunings available.
MEDITATION TUNING: This is a C minor pentatonic scale. The notes are C, D, E-flat, G, and A. The suggested use for this tuning is for a person who is quite depressed, as it expresses that sort of mood.
LULLABYE TUNING: This tuning divides the harp into two halves, left and right. We tune the left side to the C major pentatonic scale, and the right side to a D minor pentatonic scale. This arrangement allows a person to accompany songs with several chords, because the left side works well for the C and A minor chords, and the right side works for the F, D minor, and G7 chords. People use this tuning when they want to sing with the harp.
Click on any tuning below and it will open a PDF file of that tuning chart. This chart may be cut out and placed under the strings to assist with tuning.
Replacing a String on the Reverie Harp
Should you happen to break a string on your Reverie Harp, replacements are readily available at any local music store. Just bring in your tuning chart and ask for a “ball-end acoustic guitar string” of the correct size.
Here is a short how-to video that will teach you how to install strings
Considering purchasing a Reverie Harp? The Reverie Harp is a music therapy instrument designed to be played by everyone regardless of musical skill and produces soothing music, healing vibrations, and lightweight portability.