The harp is a stringed musical instrument that is plucked with the fingers to produce sound. Harps vary greatly in size and can either stand upright on the floor or be held in the lap. The strings of a harp can be made of a range of materials including catgut, nylon and steel. All harps feature a neck, resonator, and a set of strings. In large concert harps, the harp body is hollow and this acts as the resonator, projecting sound. Each string of the harp is secured on the crossbar by an adjustable tuning peg, which can be used to adjust how a note sounds. The longest part of the harp is called the column or pillar and its purpose is to hold the neck up against the pull of the strings. You can now experience playing the harp online with the Virtual Harp.
Most modern concert harps feature levers to shorten the strings and extend their musical range. Virtual Piano features a transpose option for the harp, so you can effortlessly extend the range with the push of a button. Harps are thought to date back to 3,000 BCE and they first appeared in the Middle East. Due to their age, their use spread across the world and they have been culturally significant across a range of societies.
The harp has traditionally been used as a symbol of Ireland for centuries. It is thought to have been a feature of public life since at least the 6th century. It was used to compose eulogies and elegies for clan leaders in traditional Gaelic culture. In Christianity, angels in heaven are often depicted playing harps, which has added to the instrument's association with the divine and sacred.
Learn to play the harp in less than one minute, anywhere, anytime. You can use your computer, tablet or even mobile device.
Anyone can experience the harp through Virtual Piano. You don’t need to be able to read music or to have played the harp before. Virtual Piano music sheets contain letters that correspond to the keys from a QWERTY keyboard. So it’s quick and simple to pick up. You can enjoy playing the harp instantly - anywhere, anytime.