Beginning how to play plucked psaltery/lap harp





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Published on Jan 23, 2016

I have had a lot of people ask me for information on how to play the plucked psaltery/lap harp after watching my videos, so I put this together. This goes over the basic layout of the instrument and how to get started playing. I'm intending to do another video about how to play harmonies and such things. If you have anything you'd like me to discuss, please put it in the comments so that I may include it in a later video.

CORRECTION! The thumb pick I am using is NOT a Fred Kelly Slick Pick. It is a Fred Kelly Delrin Speed Thumb Pick. Here is a link to where I bought mine. Most places don't sell left handed thumb picks, and of the few places that do, most of them you have to buy in bulk. You still have to buy two each from here, but that's a lot better than 24 of each. I recommend the right hand heavy and left hand heavy so that the sound matches.

Here is a link to the aLaska Pik website for the finger picks. I recommend getting the plastic picks because the metal ones will make more string noise. You can order these from lots of different places (like Amazon or Guitar Center). They also run really small, so keep that in mind when ordering.


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