About Harp Strings

(For the new harper)

If you need to replace a string, please see the string chart attached to the side of your harp, inside the sound box. String #1 is your shortest string (the highest string on your harp, and the highest pitch). Each one of your harp strings is numbered on the chart and will tell you the proper gauge string to replace your broken one.

Remember that your C notes are red, and your F notes are blue (sometimes black or green).

Many beginning harp books will show you how to replace a string. Hopefully, you have a harp teacher who can show you. Once you have done it yourself a couple of times, it is very easy.

Remember that harp strings do break. Although you can have your harp for two years and never break a string, most likely you will have an occasional “pop.” Even if your strings never break, they will lose their tone quality as they get older. Eventually, perhaps every 2-3 years, you will want to change your entire set of strings. You might be surprised how lovely your harp sounds with new strings.

Harp strings are affected by dirt, skin oils, lotions, etc. Always wash your hands before you play, and make sure anyone else who wants to strum your strings has clean hands as well.

See “Why Keep an Extra Set of Strings?” for more information.