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The Harp ...why?

Old 2nd May 2005, 15:36
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The Harp ...why?

I'm listning to streaming audio at the moment and they have a revolting harp piece on. It's even worse than the banjo. There's only one thing you can do with a harp and that doesn't require any training. Anyone can run their hands up and down the hideous thing and make that noise that's always used when you have an ocean scene in a movie.

Oh I know there's plucking as well, but let's fce it, that always sounds like the harpist is just moving around on his seat because he's so uncomfortable and he accidently catche the buttons on his cuff, or maybe his belt buckle and pling! there's a note ...or ten.

And why would anyone want to take up this hiddeous instrument. If I was going to be a musician, I'd choose the flute so I could carry six of them in my pocket. The harp is a little like a hot air balloon. You might play it, but you meed a team of ten to support you.

Then look at the people that play it: They're all long haired emaciated women in long flowing gowns with vacant expressions and headbands. What's with the headbands anyway? and the flared sleeves? and the pouch of herbs hanging of the gold chain belt? Well we know what they're for, but who could blame them after having their ear right next to a harp all day.


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Old 2nd May 2005, 15:42
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They're all long haired emaciated women in long flowing gowns with vacant expressions and headbands
Just the sort of woman Jumbojetjockey would like
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Old 2nd May 2005, 15:54
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Pretty pleasant pluckers....
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One longed to see ones wife in something long and flowing, preferably the River Tyne.

One has been watching Benny Hill.
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The Nile would be better. There are no crocs in the Tyne..
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Old 2nd May 2005, 16:58
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One quite enjoy's the odd phluck....!!
Espescailly with a harpy!!
hat coat
Whooooosh!!















Quick question.........who was the Marx Bro who played the harp so well?

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Old 2nd May 2005, 18:02
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That's the only kind of harp I'd go for - but only if there was no Tanglefoot, Speckled Hen, Pendle Witches' Brew, etc, etc on offer

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Old 2nd May 2005, 18:47
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Now I can tell you a story about how sick Mr Jerricho got one night drinking bloody Tanglefoot. It seemed like a great idea at the time.
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Old 2nd May 2005, 19:13
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I'll have you lot know that there was a chap called Errin who twanged a mean string back when men were men and would take of their own hand to claim a piece of sod. Wasn't always a pansy instrument.
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Come on then Jerri, tell us about it
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Old 2nd May 2005, 19:40
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You're at it again

The harp, played properly, it a fabulous instrument. By properly, I mean Traditional Celtic Harp as played by the late Derek Bell of The Chieftains. His seminal album "Derek Bell Plays With Himself" is a joy.

Or, how about Handel's Harp Concerto. Superb.

Trust me.

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PS - I don't play the Harp.

PPS - Don't even think about having a pop at the bagpipes but feel free to have a go at soprano saxophones (not the others; they're good. Specifically soprano).
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Old 2nd May 2005, 20:13
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Don't even think about having a pop at the bagpipes
[b] Definiteliy not !
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Not sure whether this is off topic or not, but for anyone with an interest in quality wood manufacturing and/or engineering, have a close-up look at a harp (concert hall variety) - quite breathtaking and far more complex than one might suppose if only seen from a distance.
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Old 2nd May 2005, 21:56
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You could always use one to make chips for your supper.

Maybe that's what they do with all the old ones, sell 'em to chip shops.
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There used to be a Zither in the house when one was a sprog, thats a kind of Harp,hmmm one wonders what happened to that? one could bang out the Harry Lime theme on it as well.
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Old 2nd May 2005, 22:37
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Well ExSim, let us just say that it was my first time drinking ale. It was also my last time drinking ale. That stuff just doesn't agree with me.

(Actually, that's not entirely true. I did have a couple of pints of Ringwood one night and it had the same effect....... )

Thing is though, I think it tastes great.
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Jerrricho what are ya drinkin' in the 'Peg if not ale? Blue?
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Ah Mr. D - the Zither. A sort of mini, horizontal harp if I recall.

Quite rare I thought, but remember it vividly from many moons ago being played in a small Austrian town beer keller.

It's uniqueness made it quite enjoyable to one's ear.
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