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Definition of a Harp

What is a Harp?

Fundamentally, a harp consists of:

  • a resonating box
  • a neck
  • strings

it may also feature:

  • a front column
  • a base

Furthermore, these three elements are unique to the harp:

  • The strings emerge vertically from a soundbox, rather than being stretched over it.
  • Every string is of a different length.
  • The player uses both hands; one on each side.

There are three basic types of harp:

  • The Bow harp: neck and soundbox form a bow shape, without a front pillar.
  • The Angular harp: neck and soundbox are joined at an angle.
  • The Frame harp: neck and soundbox are linked by a front pillar.