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  • Brenda Lindsey

    Member
    23 March, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I had my little lap harp for years and didn’t play it. I was working and involved for one thing and for another I was really too tense to relax into the sweet sound. It was made by an artist and I bought it at an art show. I wish now I still had his name. It’s a good little instrument. Keeps its tune for some time. I’d like him to know what a precious instrument it is. I’m 77 years on this earth and have become a rank beginner at playing the harp. I have also started riding my new recumbent trike on the local bike trail. In short, I’ve started the Joy stage of life: healthy enough to have fun and old enough to let myself enjoy it all. I’m blessed with a husband to ride with and who has hearing aids he can remove if my repetitious playing gets to him. I’m learning…slowly and sometimes patiently.

  • Judiann Maddigan

    Member
    23 March, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Hi, Brenda. It sounds like you are really enjoying your special little Irish harp. What is your favorite style of music to play?

    • Brenda Lindsey

      Member
      25 March, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      I look forward to playing more complicated versions of Hallelujah and others that I have hummed for days after hearing. What do you enjoy playing most? Does your harp have mysterious pedals or levers?

      • Judiann Maddigan

        Member
        25 March, 2021 at 10:14 pm

        My favorite style is slow Celtic airs, which are simply gorgeous on the harp. I say “slow” because that is the only tempo I can manage so far. A lever harp has been perfect for Celtic tunes, and I have no plans to move to pedal.

        • Brenda Lindsey

          Member
          26 March, 2021 at 7:32 pm

          Slow is my pace, too. I like to hear the sound, temp, etc of a piece. I can feel lost without some direction. I have some simple understanding of tempo but feel pushed and tense with a metronome. The pleasure I feel when my temp sounds right is huge. Do you Ave title/s you can share? I do relate to the slow part and the romantic feel of “airs”.

  • Laura Kubiszewski

    Member
    24 March, 2021 at 12:23 am

    I hope your efforts to play the harp bring you joy. Harp music is soooo

    Beautiful that even the simplest music is soothing.

    • Brenda Lindsey

      Member
      25 March, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      I agree fully! The harp is so sweet and strong all at once.me it’s silly to say but true that I sometimes have gotten so involved with the sound, I’ve forgotten to place and play. Are you an experienced player?

    • Laura Kubiszewski

      Member
      26 March, 2021 at 2:45 am

      No. I always wanted to learn but had no time. I retired two years ago and one year ago bought a small 22 string harp with cardboard soundbox. I have been teaching myself for the most part. Christys channel has been quite helpful too. Anyway, I plan to upgrade to a 34 string soon. I just haven’t decided which one. Blessings.

      • Brenda Lindsey

        Member
        26 March, 2021 at 7:38 pm

        I’m so happy for you to find a 34 string friend to play with! The deeper sound is appealing to me.

        And there’s something about a harp that can stand on the floor that’s appealing, too. Please let me know about your adventures in finding the right one and all about the one you choose.

  • Suzi Scholtz

    Member
    21 April, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Brenda!

    I was interested to see that you also have a recumbent bike… I have a recumbent TRIcycle. I had broken my foot/leg/ankle a few years ago and Dr. advised me not to ride a bicycle anymore (no, I did not break it while riding… i was walking the dog!). But I have not gotten back into the habit of riding since I moved over a year ago… maybe now that my hubby is also moved out here with me now, and has his bicycle, we can ride together? But he can go faster and farther than I. I’m finding that the recumbent requires a lot more leg muscle – you can’t use your weight to help push!

    So maybe I will cycle part way with hubby, and then come back home and harp?

    Suzi

    ~ in Sioux Falls, SD

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