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Beginners' Guide

New to the Harp? Help Awaits You in Our Beginners’ Section

At Clive Morley Harps we are dedicated to offering you the best help and advice, so you can be completely confident that you are buying the right harp for your interests and budget – and that you will be able to continue to enjoy a trouble-free relationship with your harp for many years. Therefore, we have packed this section with articles, advice and resources especially for those who are new to the harp.


Introductory Harp Workshops


You are welcome to join us at one of our monthly Hands on the Harp or our Feet on Pedals sessions at our showrooms. These basic workshops are held at our showrooms and are designed to offer you an informative, but fun introduction to the harp.



Hands on the Harp



Feet on Pedals




Choosing Your Harp

Initial advice to help you with acquiring your first harp.

What Type of Harp is Right for Me?

What Should I Look For When Choosing a Harp?

Is the Harp Hard to Play?


Harp Tuning

How are Harps Tuned?
Identifies string names and how semi-tones are achieved on the lever and pedal harp.

Lever Positions for the Three Main Tunings
How to set your levers to play in the key you need, when your harp is tuned in C, E Flat or A Flat.

How to Tune Using an Electronic Tuner

How to Tune By Ear in Octaves

Equal Temperament
Explains why your harp is meant to be ever so slightly out of tune.


Harp Strings

Everything you ever wanted to know about Harp Strings.

Harp String Compass in a Nutshell
Quickly helps you to decode what those string compass shorthands mean.

How to Identify Harp Strings
An in depth look at string terminology and how to order the string that you want.

All About String Spacing and Tension

How to Change a Harp String
Every harpist is going to need to be able to change a string. Follow our step-by-step instructions for re-stringing without tears!

String Breakage
Harp strings break – often for no apparent reason. Find out how to reduce string breakage and whether or not a regularly broken string should be a cause for concern.

Stringing Scales
Find out how to measure the thickness of your harp strings to be certain that you are using the correct replacement string.


Learning the Harp

Can I Teach Myself?
A few words about learning the harp, if you are considering teaching yourself.

Find a Harp Teacher
Let us put you in touch with your local harp teacher.

I Can’t Find a Teacher – What Shall I Do?

Advice on teaching yourself if you can’t find a harp teacher in your area.

Help Choosing Exam Pieces
Sample performance videos for Associated Board and Trinity Guildhall grade exams.


Further Information

See our main resources section for more articles on all aspects of harp playing.