Lyre Harps

Lyre harps, also known as wire harps or Apollo harps, are modern instruments inspired by both ancient lyres and traditional harps. They offer a unique sound and playing experience, combining elements of both instruments. Here’s a breakdown of their key features:

  • Typically made of wood with a hollow sound chamber and a curved arm extending from the top.
  • The number of strings varies depending on the model, ranging from 6 to 18, usually made of nylon or steel.
  • Tuning methods differ with desired sound and playing style, with common options like diatonic, pentatonic, and chromatic.
  • Played by plucking the strings with fingers or a pick, either seated or standing.
  • Smaller sizes are available, offering convenient mobility for travel or practice.

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