The harp is a stringed instrument, with individual strings attached along its soundboard. It is one of the oldest instruments , almost dating back to 3000 BC. There are different kinds of harps - most commonly the lap, lever harp and pedal harp. The modern, "double-action" concert (pedal) harp was developed in 1811 by Sébastien Erard. Konomi Music Center offers instruction in lap, lever and pedal harps.
- The most affordable of the harps!
- Extremely portable, lightweight, easy-to-carry, colourful with a solid sound!
- Sits on your lap / use a strap to carry!
- Recommended for all beginners ages 5 and up!
- 26 strings! Lever and No-lever options available!
- Uses nylon strings.
- Recommended for students ages 5 and above.
- A lever harp is smaller in size, it has a range of 26 - 38 strings and allows the harpist to play easily in multiple music keys.
- Uses a lever mechanism to adjust keys.
- Options of detachable legs to adjust its height.
- The instrument can be found in a large variety of sizes, prices, makers and colours!
- Recommended for students ages 11 and above (also depending on size and height of child).
- Standard orchestral instrument!
- A pedal harp is much larger in size (usually 5 - 6 feet in height), it has a range of 47 strings and allows the harpist to play in all music keys.
- Uses a pedal mechanism to adjust keys.
- Its soundboard is wide, resulting in a magnificent sound!
- The instrument can be found a variety of colours, makers and engraving designs.
- Mostly uses gut and wire strings.