Details and F A Q's


       1.      What is the proper term for a harp player?  

                The proper term is, "harpist" or "harper."  
    
       2.      Does “Harpist” refer to women, and “Harper” for men? 
           
                 No, actually, a “Harpist” is a person playing a pedal harp (or
                 orchestral harp), whereas, “Harper” refers to one playing a lever
                 or folk harp.   

       3.     What is the difference between a pedal harp and a lever harp?
    
                 A  "pedal"  harp has seven pedals, one for each note of the scale; and
                 each of these has three settings:  up for flat, middle for natural,
                 and down for sharp.  These pedals correspond to the strings through
                 rods inside the column which move the discs located on the neck of
                 the harp to raise or lower the pitch.  

                 A  "lever"  harp has levers near the top which are hand operated to            
                 individually  and manually lift them to raise the pitch one half step
                 to sharpen the pitch), and then return back to natural.   Although
                 lever harps are much lighter and easier to move, there are some
                 limitations for playing more intricate works of music.  The opposite
                 is true of the pedal harp.   It is heavier and more cumbersome to
                 move, but has the ability to play a wider variety of music, and is
                 known for producing unique glissandos. 
 
        4.      How much do harps cost?
              
                 While harps very in price, lever harps may run from about several
                 hundred dollars to up to $6,000, or $7,000, or more;  whereas, pedal
                 harps vary  from about  $10,000--$11,000  up to anywhere from $80,000--
                 to $250,000 depending on gilding and extras and such.
 

        5.      Are fingernails used in playing the harp?
                                                                                                                                                                                    While there are some lesser known wire strung harps played with
                  the fingernails, most harps are played with the "flesh" of the finger pad,
                  plucking the strings to priduce the wonderfully sweet sound.    Also, the
                  pinky finger is not used on the harp...due to it being to weak and short.

         6.     How much does your harp weigh, and how do you move it?  
  

                  All my harps weigh between 17 lbs  up to nearly 90 lbs.   I use
                  a harp dolly to move my pedal harps,  along with a "snow-suit-like"
                  three-piece transport cover.    For my lever harps,  I use a nice canvas
                  carry  bag  with shoulder strap.
                   
                WEDDING  FAQ’S

         7.      Does the harp need amplification?   
       
                  Yes, and no.   It depends on the size of your event.     My pedal harp
                  is  capable of  producing a large enough sound for small events.
                  I do offer amplification for events which are larger, and highly
                  recommend it.    My amplification system is wireless to the harp
                  but requires an outlet across the room for the amp plug and receiver.
                      
                  With “live” music coming from the harp, and the amplified sound       
                  across the room, the sound meets together where everyone can hear
                  well, and yet be able to carry on conversations. 
  
                   
          8.     Do you play for outdoor events?
          
                  Yes, I do, but with some requirements:  
                      
                  There must be a flat surface on which to place my
                  harp and stand, (which may require a special strong board or
                  platform, if necessary) and the harp must be protected from the
                  elements,  like sun, wind or rain.    In case of inclement weather,
                  an alternate nearby location must be available.   Overhead sun
                  exposure on the harp’s soundboard creates heat expansion, thus,
                  causing the strings to go out of tune which is detrimental to the
                  wood.  A covered area is needed, unless there is low evening sun
                  free of wind and rain. 
 
         9.     How much does it cost to have you come play for our wedding?  
          
                  My fee depends on several factors:
                  Length of the ceremony, location of ceremony, and outside, vs.
                  inside of  the wedding site, as well as any "extras" added.   I have a
                  basic hourly fee,  (for the first hour of a one-time event), which has
                  a cartage fee built in for the delicate process of transporting my
                  harp to and from the performance site.)    The second hour and
                  subsequent hourly fees are largely reduced.   If the harp needs
                  to be moved again for the  second hour at the same event, there may
                  be an additional fee assessed.    Some harpists charge extra for
                  sound equipment, and/or amps or mics, but I include those at
                  no extra charge as a service  to you!    Please call  or email for a quote!
    

       10.     How do I reserve my wedding date?

                  You can reserve your wedding date with me by signing my
                  PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT, along with a deposit of $150 to hold
                  your event date...balance to be paid two weeks before your event or
                  wedding date.
        
       11.     May I choose a vocalist to sing along with the harp?
       
                  Yes, as long as he or she sings professionally, and has adequate
                  practice time. 
    

        12.     Do you play along with other instrumentalists?
  
                  Yes!    I can recommend some, also.

        13.     Do I need to provide you with any equipment?

                   Not at all!     I provide my own  harp stool and accessories.   The only
                   optional extra equipment that I would need would be for shade for
                   an outside wedding if during the day.    Also, if the ground is not level,
                   then I would need a board or ramp approximately 5' x 5'.  

        14.     If we decide to book you for our event, would you be able to provide
                   us with some help in choosing the music?    

                   Absolutely!   I would be most delighted to help you in choosing
                   the right music for your special event!   
                       
   
        15.     What is the general order of a wedding ceremony?
        
                   The general order of a wedding ceremony typically is as follows:
 
                   PRELUDE MUSIC 
                   Includes 15 to 25 minutes of prelude music (I usually do a nice
                   blend of some classical, popular, love songs, and hymns.)
                   Special selections are also performed for the seating of the
                   Honored Guests (Mothers, Grandmothers etc.)
  
                   Selection for the Bridesmaids

                   BRIDAL  ENTRANCE: 
                   Selection chosen for the Bride

                   CEREMONY  MUSIC:     (optional)
                   Music for Communion, or lighting of the unity candle, or sand blending
                       
                   RECESSIONAL MUSIC:
                   Lively music performed for the Bride and Groom’s exit
 
                   POSTLUDE MUSIC

                   Continued upbeat music for the guest’s exit as well
    
                        
         16.     Would you be willing to work with my Wedding Coordinator?  

                   Absolutely!   I would be happy to work with your Wedding Coordinator! 
    
  
 

    
  



                     Harpist, Laurie Galster

     The Gold Harp

              Psalm 33:2   "Praise the Lord with the harp."


            

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