As I have been getting into playing jazz music with my dad, and moving toward learning more difficult classical peices, I learned that I needed a pedal harp.
A pedal harp is a harp that has seven foot pedals which allows me to change key centers with my feet. This way, I can play more complicated peices and change notes with my feet while my hands focus on playing the music.
Pedal harps range from 10-50 thousand dollars! The one that I am saving up for is a Camac Little Big Blue. You can see a picture of it Here.
This harp will be an instrument I can play for the next 40 + years and will bring so much joy to myself and the world.
I have been busking on Pearl Street playing my harp for dollars and have made $1,998.95 so far (as of September 2017). Check out this short article about me busking on Pearl Street to save up for my harp Here.
You can also see a video of me playing Jazz harp with my dad Here . We play an arrangement of Paul Desmonds' "Take Five".
Fun fact about this song's arrangement is it was inspired, in part, by harpist Jakez Francois who happens to be the president of the company that makes the kind of harp I want to buy.
If you would like to see other videos of me playing harp, you can watch me play a Welsh Lullaby Here.
Or or a fun, fancy tune called 'Gigue' Here .
(Please subscribe to my YouTube channel while your at it:-)
I am learning the Suzuki method. Book 4 songs require a pedal harp to play them. At the rate I am learning that will happen in about one years time.
I have also decided to give 10% of what I raise to an organization that gives instruments to kids who can't afford them. If you would like to learn more about the organization I will be donating to, you can do that Here.
To receive your support will make me so happy because it will mean I can play more songs and it will bring me a lot of joy.
Music makes the world a happier place.
I am so greatful for your generosity.
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