Tuesday, May 10, 2005
This is my harp, named Patience* (the French word, same meaning) – the original name is Troubador, and it was made in France by the harp company Camac. Harps lie between the luthier-based bowed stringed instruments, and the factory-contructed wind instruments, since it has both organic and mechanical elements. It’s a three octave lever/Celtic harp capable of up to three flats or four sharps. Beats me why I decided to pick my third instrument for a home-recording debut – well, actually it’s because people have been asking about how a small harp sounds, and also because it’s given me the nudge to practice a little. The links are on the sidebar: the first is a simple French piece, the second an Irish air and the third something Bruch used in the Scottish Fantasy. I’m a total amateur on both the instrument and in recording, but the heck.
*because the instrument arrived months late, and can you imagine 5-10 minutes of tuning every time you practice? Still, it's worth it.