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  • Amanda Barnes

    Member
    2 April, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve watched various videos on YouTube where harpists have tuned their harps to 432Mhz.

    Has anyone here done that? Does it affect the harp at all?

  • Diana White

    Member
    2 April, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Amanda

    Yes, I did retune my harp to 432 frequency and did notice a difference. 440, became the new standard default frequency just after WWll, decided by a few global elites. I think the idea was to create dissonance between our heads and our hearts. 432 is said to be the God note. All broadcasting has been reset to 440 frequency as well as our music. If that’s the case, it’s doesn’t surprise me there is such turmoil in the world.

    I noticed the difference between the two frequencies is that tuned in 440, all the notes are sharper, kind of like fingernails on a chalkboard.

    The tuner I had been using did not even give me the option to tune in 432. I had a buy a new one.

  • Titia Stultitia

    Member
    2 April, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Amanda, no I haven’t retuned my harp and have no plans to do so either, but you may be interested in reading this elaborate, scientific article of Ruth E. Rosenberg in the <em style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;”>Journal of Popular Music Studies (2021) 33 (1): 137–154.

    You can read this article for free at https://online.ucpress.edu/jpms/article/33/1/137/116319/Perfect-Pitch432-Hz-Music-and-the-Promise-of (University of California Press)

  • Markus Faller

    Member
    2 April, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    If you compare pieces which are played tuned to 440 and 432 Hz on youtube it is not easy to say which tune is it. But if you hear the pieces played on a real harp you can recognize the difference very easily. For me the 432 Hz piece sounds more relaxing. If you play for your own there is no reason not to tune your harp to 432 Hz. Playing with other instruments makes it more complicated of coarse. If you have 2 harps you can make a direct comparison by tuning one harp to 432 and the other to 440 Hz.

    • Diana White

      Member
      3 April, 2021 at 12:37 am

      Hi Markus

      I agree the difference was hard to hear on youtube but I did hear it when I tuned my harp to 432 and then tried the play through with Kristy. It would be challenging to play with others. I assume all instruments would have to be tuned to the same frequency? I don’t know for sure because I’m self taught and not a musical expert.

      I just thought it was very interesting to learn about the different frequencies and how they could effect us emotionally and physically. I’m all for keeping an open mind and learning new ways to heal ourselves and the world with beautiful music.

  • Amanda Barnes

    Member
    3 April, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Thanks for all the great information!

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    9 April, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I had my small harp tuned for some years in 432 Hz and I liked it a lot. But when I started to play with other people I had to tune it at 440 Hz – especially because there were instruments like the accordion who could not tune down.

    But I read many articles about the 432 Hz tuning. I think I remember some comments that as professional singer you do ruin your voice if you sing in 440 Hz the whole time. Many professional musicians try to bring back the official frequence to 432 Hz – but so far without success.

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