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acoustictone 08-08-2019 03:46 PM

Got to be Talented To Play Harp Guitar
 
Or not? I found it a pretty easy transition form a 6 string guitar. Maybe because I also have played bass guitar in the past. What's your take. Easy or difficult?

jaymarsch 08-09-2019 01:50 PM

I have next to no long term experience playing a harp guitar but from what little I do have, I think the hardest thing is muting the subs when you need to. I think that it takes practice and good technique to really showcase what a harp guitar can do and sound musically pleasing. Maybe one day I'll try it out again but I'll stick with 6 strings for now. :)

Best,
Jayne

mot 08-12-2019 11:38 AM

The reason I don't have a harp guitar is because there's just too darn many choices that I would like to play. I might get one someday. I played around on an X20 Synergy for a few days through a loan from Alistair. I loved it. I also loved the uke harp and several others I tried out. I even put money down on a custom guitar, but decided not to go the harp guitar route this time.

Cole_ 08-30-2019 02:12 PM

In general I think the transition isn't too difficult, as mentioned above the toughest part of bringing the harp guitar to life is managing your sub-bass strings in terms of muting; too many strings active will generally sound very bad. Simpler songs (eg. Into the Ocean by Andy Mckee) that require less muting due to simpler bass melodies are very approachable :D.

The only other thing that could complicate learning the harp guitar would be ensuring you don't accidentally mute the bass strings when they need to be sustained. This will depend on where you anchor your right hand to your normal 6-string.

A veteran of the acoustic guitar could make the transition with relative ease, depending on experience i would think :).


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