Affordable Starter Harps.
A not-for-profit Community Interest Company, The Nifty Harp Project C.I.C. has been established with the aim of increasing the number of new players of the Scottish small harp. The Wee Nifty Harp is an inexpensive 27-string starter instrument, from acclaimed professional harp maker Mark Norris, that uses innovative design techniques to achieve affordability without compromising playability.
Professional harps are beautifully hand-made instruments constructed with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Their quality makes them expensive to buy and such an outlay can be daunting for new players as they just start to learn. For the same reason hire harps are often in short supply and that too can be frustrating for students as they try to find a suitable, but affordable instrument.
By producing large enough numbers of highly competent and affordable instruments, The Nifty Harp Project will enable teachers to use groups of identical instruments when teaching their students or running their come and try sessions. Enthusiastic new players can then go to www.niftyharps.scot and easily hire or buy a Wee Nifty Harp.
Nifty Hire Hubs for teachers:
Initially four Nifty Hire Hubs, each with 10 harps, will be placed in locations around Scotland. Local harp teachers or school music departments can then register on www.niftyharps.scot where they can use the online booking system to hire Wee Nifty Harps in groups of 5 or 10. These harps can be used for starter classes, come and try sessions and ongoing group tuition. Downloadable poster and flyer artworks, that can be adapted to individual requirements, will also be available to help to make event organisation just that little bit easier.
Direct Hire for students:
The Nifty Harp Project will maintain a stock of The Wee Nifty Harps specifically to satisfy demand for hire harps. After attending a teacher led taster session, enthusiastic new players will now be able to quickly obtain a Wee Nifty Harp at an affordable rate direct from The Nifty Harp Project.
The website will be where to go to hire or buy a Wee Nifty Harp, but also to access additional resources designed to help teachers and players feel part of a thriving learning and sharing group of like minded folk. Collaboration with professional musicians and harp teachers will be key to enabling The Nifty Harp Project to grow into a vibrant and supportive community, with music arrangements, specially commissioned for The Wee Nifty Harp, audio tracks, videos and advice on playing techniques all forming the basis of a growing resource.