Re: [Harp-L] Going Solo?
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- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Going Solo?
- From: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:34:59 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
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- Reply-to: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Mike Fugazzi wrote:
<For you one man band types...anyone able to pull off a three set
<I guess my reservations are in trying to play a full 4 hour gig (up to
<3 one hour sets). I've thought about adding a guitar player for about
<half the night. Any ideas or suggestions?
I think it's hard to work a 3-hour solo with a harp, especially since you can't sing and play harp at the same time. It's also pretty lonely. I suggest that a guitar player or keyboard player will add a lot of value both for you and the audience.
I worked solo gigs with acoustic harp for several years, and I found when I added a guitarist that audiences were much better able to appreciate the unaccompanied harp. It's a reference point for the audience, and it helps get the rest of the message across.
Regarding John Potts's point that the harp has limited chording capabilities: yes and no. It'll never be as flexible as a guitar or piano, of course. But you can get a lot more mileage from chords than most harp players do by 1) using non-standard tunings such as natural minor, dorian minor, and country tuning, and 2) using spread chord voicings, i.e. 6ths, octaves, 10ths, 12ths, etc. It takes a little practice, but it works. But the big issue remains: you can't sing and play the harp at the same time.
Regards, Richard Hunter
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