Harps.

(I’ve been putting off LJ for a while; this for instance is from nearly a week ago.)

I’ve never really been into music. (Unless you want to kibitz about never not having music stuck in my head.) I took one basic class in college just so I could follow some of the basic terms, but I didn’t even own music until about the same time.

(It’s kind of interesting, really. I didn’t buy any music until about two years into college. And I think about everything I’ve bought afterwards was in about the two years following my departure. I wonder if my interest in music has to do with general mood/social ability? Other point on that thread is that I had a huge music binge right about the last time I took after a girl; I had something playing continuously and got a new CD from the library every week. I even put the the radio antenna on my car (an exercise which largely confirmed my opinion that there isn’t much music I like on radio. ;^) ))

Anyway. Then I went to a ren fair several years ago and got enchanted by two different performers playing the large harps. (I found one other man less interesting, so I’m not a sucker for any harp, just ones that are played well ;^) ) The instrument has had some degree of fascination ever since, but I’ve been able to easy deflect any over-serious consideration of it with brief thought to the number of hobbies I already have which lie rotting for want of attention.

Regardless, for a least a little while a week ago, I had enough interest to searching the internet, to among other things, get a ballpark for what harps cost (a lot) and see if there were any instructor directories.

Mostly I worked off of Google’s Directory, and I didn’t even get very far through that in one evening. I browsed a couple of manufacturers, where I learned the difference between the folk harp, which is essentially what I was fascinated with, and the concert harp, which has a wider musical range, a heck of lot more complexity, an a price tag to match. First I found the American Harp Society, which looks frightfully officially, and then ISFHC (International Society of Folk Hapers and Craftsmen), which, at least by their web page, came off a little more friendly, has a chapter in my area, and runs HarpCon in Indiana, which could be an opportunity to pick up a lot of information.

Of course the best use of it would be to look at different kinds of harps if I decided to buy one. But the practical side of me says I should learn I little first so I know what to look for. (I did find one ‘cheapo’ harp if I did just want to try it out.)

But interest seems to have wavered a bit in the past week. Protospiel 2003 was also announced only a few days later, on exactly the same days as HarpCon :-(

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