Tuning Your Harp
(1)  Electronic tuner .... like a guitar tuner
  only a
chromatic version so that all the notes you
  need to tune are there. Much cheaper these days,
  a better way for those who don't have a "good ear"
  Can be purchased at most Music Stores.........
   2) Tune by "ear" using another instrument
  that has the notes needed for the harp:
  ie.  c,d,e,f,g,a,b,c. These instruments must be
  accurate (some piano's are tuned down half a
  key)....ideally a harmonica (not blues harp) or
  penny whistle or recorder in the key of "C"
  is preferable but electronic keyboards are OK.
  When tuning up (especially
  by "ear")        it is best to
  tune all the "C"s (red) first,
  next all the "Fs" (blue/black)
  then fill in with the rest......
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   There are  a number of ways to tune your harp,
  below are some examples.
  ....choose the type of tuning  that is best for you.
                             (1)  DIATONIC TUNING
  This is the regular tuning of most harps....
  From the lowest C string (red) tune your harp....C D E F G A B C.
  You can play almost any music written but it will need to be in the
  Key of C (or natural A minor).....or transposed into that key.
          You can change your harp tuning to any Key you wish by tuning
  various strings either up or down one half step.( eg. F to F# or
   C to C#   or  B to Bb)
    WARNING: NEVER TUNE ANY STRING UP MORE THAN HALF
   A STEP AS THE EXTRA STRESS MAY CAUSE HARP COLLAPSE.
Check out with the maker of your harp to see if the harp was designed
  to allow this.   
     All "DENWAR HARPS" are built to allow this but it is recommend
   returning  to regular tuning after the session.....
       (2) MODAL TUNING(S)
All of the old Greek modes can be played on a harp with no levers, tuned to the scale of C major (no flats or sharps). Modes, like any other scales, are simply a pattern of tones and semitones (e.g. if you want to play in Dorian mode, you can start on any note as long as you follow the pattern - so you can play in D Dorian, or G Dorian). For the sake of simplicity, below I've listed the main Greek modes as they would be played on a harp tuned in C:
   Ionian (same as "major"): C D E F G A B C
   Dorian: D E F G A B C D
   Phrygian: E F G A B C D E
   Lydian: F G A B C D E F
   Myxolydian: G A B C D E F G
   Aoelian (also known as "natural minor"): A B C D E F G A
   Locrian (rarely used): B C D E F G A B
The old modes listed above can be found in many types of music, from many different centuries. People wanting to play medieval music or the Celtic music of the Irish and Scots on the harp will often stick to playing in modes, however some of the modes can also be found in modern music. Dorian, Aeolian and Myxolydian for instance, are quite common in Folk Music
    Now.......  help for actually tuning up you harp (string pitch)
       try one of three methods below....
                                        (3)  PENTATONIC TUNING
A pentatonic scale is a five-note, or "gapped" scale, e.g. C D E G A C (like a major C scale, but missing the F and B). A pentatonic tuning is probably the most restrictive in terms of limiting the different kinds of tunes you can play, but may be appropriate if you are exclusively playing one kind of music on that particular instrument. It may also be used on a very small instrument, such as a lyre or miniature harp. Pentatonic tunes are actually quite common, especially in folk music.
               
 
 
   A CD that will play an Octave
  " C to C"on a realtime Harp.
   Then  you can tune your own
   harp to the sound.  (By ear) as
  it is playing......
  Each string is named starting
  from the "C" and working up to
  an octave "C"......... ie
            "c,d,e,f,g,a,b,c"
  Now do it again and tune each
  octave to those sounds, starting
  with your "Cs" (Reds) and work
  your way up each octave.

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