Switching from piano to harp as my primary instrument required a learning curve that was unexpected and quite challenging.
Tuning. And for a long time I hated it. Today, however, I can look back and see that it was the endless, enforced tuning of the harp that released my repressed musical self. Comprende?
On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7, I will be playing with my harp at the “Downton Abbey Tea” a fundraiser for a local library. The event will be held at a local tea room.
Come! Listen to me tune & play & tune again! You’ll love it.
Now, back to tuning. Along the way I stumbled on the frequency debate of 440 vs 432. If you are a musician who tunes you probably know what I’m referring to.
Or maybe not. Recently at the Harper’s Escape I met a very accomplished harpist who I immediately wanted to know better. Later in the weekend, after we had shared a few classes, I asked to borrow her tuner. It really doesn’t take much to knock a string out of tune. However, immediately i noticed that her tuner was set to some bizarre number like 437……I corrected her device, with her permission, and then began to tell her what I’d learned about tuning frequencies. For the time thus far into the weekend she had been unable to tune her harp so that it was in tune with the rest of us. It was beyond frustration for her. I explained what had happened and our friendship was forged. The electronic tuner, like all devices, enable us to create settings that were nearly impossible before.
The difference between 440 & 432 hz is quite an interesting read if you’re interested. You might want to start here.