The harp is a stringed instrument and part of the lute family. It has been played for over three thousand years and can be found in many different cultures worldwide. Harps are known to have originated from Mesopotamia as early as 2300 BC, where they were used mainly by priests who would play during ceremonies such as weddings or funerals. Since their origin, it’s believed that there have been at least 2500 kinds of harps created with varying sizes and shapes throughout history. The most popular type of modern-day harp today is pedal-harp, which was first developed back in 1859 after a French inventor named Sebastien Erard improved upon an earlier design made by his father, Pierre Louis François Erard.

It’s estimated that there are about 75 million pedal harps today, and they can be found in many different countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and many others. However, the one thing that most of these harps have in common is their ability to produce beautiful music no matter what culture or country it comes from, which makes them a genuinely international instrument welcome at any event.

There’s a lot of information you need to know when playing the harp, and due to this, many people can find it complicated. However, having said that, there are some essential tips which every player should keep in mind when learning how to play them, such as:

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