June 1, 2016

The Celtic harp is a beautiful but stubborn creature. It won’t always go where you want it to go. Unlike its larger and more domesticated cousin, the classical harp, it absolutely refuses to move into certain keys (F sharp for example and A flat major). Any key change, in fact, is awkward. With a classical harp you can glide seamlessly between keys with the help of your foot pedals. My harp has no pedals. Instead I have levers; a very different story.

Recently I’ve been trying to expand my repertoire of wedding pieces – and boy, how those classical composers like key changes! I used to be scared of key changes. While you are busy plucking strings with every finger of both hands, how can you simultaneously reach up to the top of the...

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