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Fingers and Feet, Wood and Strings

March 21, 2016
By Dr. Gail Looney - Wheeling Symphony historian , OVParent

What instrument has strings, is one of the oldest instruments, can be played with the fingers and feet, and in its largest version can easily be moved on wheels? If you guessed the harp, you are correct!

Let's listen to one. Type "Harp Music-a bird came flying - anne vanschothorst" into your search engine and listen to a very beautiful song played on the harp.

Parents and grandparents: Try these activities with your children and grandchildren. Ask them to:

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1. Pretend to fly quietly like the bird in the music.

2. Draw a bird flying so quietly high in the sky.

3. Play the black keys on the piano quietly like the harp.

4. Make and play a harp by stretching long rubber bands on a tissue box.

The harp is made of wood with strings attached at the top with tuning pegs. It comes in many sizes - some to play in your lap and others that you must sit down to play. You can see the harp in the orchestra very easily because it is so tall. The feet change the pitch of the notes so that many different songs can be played in many keys. It is beautiful to hear and difficult to play!

Harp music can be peaceful and relaxing. This music is for all ages to enjoy, across the generations.



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