Harp Starter Kit
1. Choose a Harp to Rent or Buy
I recommend renting first so you can find out what you enjoy. That way, you avoid expensive mistakes!
Also, if there is a music store that sells harps near you, it’s great to try a few before making any decisions.
$1245 / $2045
This is a floor harp that has a lovely bright sound. It has low/medium tension nylon strings. It is inexpensive for a floor harp, but is a really good quality instrument for it’s price.
$439 – $924
A lap harp, for those who prioritize portability in their harp. I recommend the Fullsicle (all the levers). Remember that lap harps aren’t the easiest way to learn as a beginner (see video above)
$159 – $274
A DIY lap harp with a cardboard sound box! It comes in parts and you assemble, or you can purchase a pre-assembled one. Remember that lap harps aren’t the easiest way to learn as a beginner (see video above)
The harps listed here are not the only harps! There are many available with different pro’s and con’s. The harps here are ones that I think are good value for money as a beginner and will also be a quality instrument for years to come. Make sure that you watch to the end of the video above to help you choose!
2. Get a Music Stand
So important for posture and to prevent neck strain!
This stand folds up really small and can be transported in its little case, so it’s great for performances. If you are planning on using heavy books/files, it might not be right for you, but if the main priority is transportability, it is a winner.
I recently discovered this genius invention and now I use it all the time! A music stand that clamps to the pillar of your harp (no matter the size) and stays at the perfect distance, no matter where you move your harp. Works great if you want to use files or heavy books.
3. Get a Harp Stool
This will really help you find a good position with your harp.
This is the stool I use for performances, and it’s so comfy! It has a lot of padding so that your bum doesn’t go numb from sitting for a while. It’s also really sturdy and wide enough for two small people at a squeeze! It can fold flat for transport.
If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, this is a good option! It is very light and can fold down, so it’s good for taking to performances. The seat of the stool is much smaller though, beware!
If you would like a chair with more support, this is a lovely option. It is height adjustable and it folds flat for transport. While I don’t recommend leaning back while playing, the back rest gives you a chance to break in between songs.
4. Tune Your Harp
5. Get Started with Learning!
Our online courses are a great place to begin. You don’t have to do only boring exercises until you are ‘good enough’ to play something that sounds nice… You can learn beautiful pieces right from the start, because you are working on foundational technique as you go.
With our courses, you will:
- Learn a harp piece note by note – no need to read sheet music.
- Work on your harp technique at the same time.
- Break the piece down into manageable chunks so that you don’t get overwhelmed.
- Learn how to practice effectively.
- Have fun with a ‘Classmates’ group who can answer your questions.
Once you master the ability to quickly and confidently practice a new piece until it’s fluent, the whole world of beautiful harp pieces awaits.
We also recommend becoming a part of our Premium Membership of harpists. Not only will receive more affordable access to our courses, but also special members-only meet-ups!