|Learning to play the David's Harp (Kinnor/Kinor)
This teaching is for the new designed Kinnor (from June 2016) if you have a
design previous to this date, you cannot use this teaching.........
This harp is even easier to play than a Celtic harp, due
to the 7 note Diatonic scale in G Major/E Minor.......and
that it is played with only one hand.
If you wish, you can sharpen the D notes,1/2 a tone to Eb
for a haunting mid-eastern sound.
For the purposes of teaching basic playing we will be
showing the instruction below for a 12 string harp in
Diatonic G'major/E'minor Key......
First....tuning, if this is not accurate,
all your best effort will sound "bad"....
Tune your harp to the notes according
to the tuning above......High end is on
the left of the pic......
If you sharpen the D notes to Eb
you will have a Mid-East
( minor) sound......BUT this
is not a good tuning for
playing regular tunes.....So
for the purpose of this
teaching use the tuning at the
top of the page......
It is best to cradle your harp in your left arm
(like a baby) and play with your right hand.....
To play gentley......pluck mid-way between the
length of the strings, just above the curve of the
soundbox. ( if you pluck too hard, strings may"twang")
If you want to play louder, you can pluck
harder,or just above the fixing pins on the bottom.
(playing here will also eliminate any "twanging"
When you wish to play a tune in the Major key (G)
you will almost certainly start it on the lowest G string.
If you wish to play in a minor key (Em) then start on
the lowest E string.........
|You are now ready to start learning to play
|High end: A,G,F#,E,D,C,B,A,G,F#,E,D. Low end: For 12 strings
F#,E,D,C,B,A,G,F#,E,D. For 10 strings
|(High) A,G,F#,E,D,C,B,A,G,F# ,E, D (Low)
| 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12.