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October 21, 2016

 

If anyone had told me, say, a year ago, that one day I would start a blog or vlog, I would have laughed in disbelief... But here it is, my first blog post, wíth videos!

The main reason* for this is that more than once I have received emails via my website, from harpists in remote places asking how do you change a string on a harp which doesn't have the soundholes in the back.  I don't mind taking the time to answer such an email, but since I feel that images can sometime be more helpful than words I made a little video, and here it is! A blog seems a practical medium to help people find this video (and other harp- and viol- related things I may want to share in the future).

 

*The other reason is probably that I am more vain than I'd like to admit!

 

If your harp has bray-pins, just think 'bray pin' every time you hear me say 'button'. Once your new string is up at the proper pitch, you can adjust the position of your bray-pin.

And here are two other videos which show how to tie an almost-but-not-quite-long-enough string when your harp has either pierced or slotted tuning pins. This may allow you to recycle a string which had broken at the soundboard or at the tuning pin. 

First: the toothpick method, for pierced pins.

And for slotted tuning pins:

 

 

 

 

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