One of my aims this year is to play more harp.
I've had my harp for a year now but I didn't play it as much as I had intended last year,
and I didn't get to take any lessons.
Last night I took my harp to the Irish session I play at.
Normally I play the tunes on fiddle and whistle, so playing an accompaniment
is a whole other animal. I could manage to play along to some of the tunes,
and the other session players seemed to think I did alright. Phew.
It's quite an ordeal transporting a harp.
Fortunately my Dusty Springs harp is well-designed, and came with a
great bag that holds all the parts.
The stand goes together easily,
looking a little like a mid-century coffee table.
I screw the stand onto the base of the harp,
and the harp can stand on its own.
Tuning can take another 5-10 minutes, and that has to be done every time I play.
And then there's the whole carrying thing, the car thing
and the parking thing, all slightly easier now we've got a hatchback.
But it all takes a little time and planning and muscle.
I'm excited that I've found a harp teacher who can fit me in
and I start lessons tomorrow!
I was extra glad to hear that I can use her harp at the lessons,
so I don't need to transport my harp every week.
Hopefully I can fit in the practising time and really benefit
from the lessons, so that by the end of this year I can see real improvement.