about Noteworthy Small Harps and More

Harps don't have to have pedals or levers to make music.

At 8, Tina started playing an Italian toy harp with wire strings and connect-the dot music. At 11, she went on to play lever harp and, at 13, pedal harp. If you play the pedal harp, you're a harpist. If you play the folk harp, you're a harper. If you play any kind of harp, you are a harp player!  Anyone can play harp! Our goal is to bring a little heaven into your home with affordable instruments and family-friendly play-right-off-the-bat music.


Bringing a little heaven into your home

Noteworthy celebrated its 25th year in January 2016.

Noteworthy is best known for easy-to-play songbooks for lyres, psalteries, and harps and songbooks for panpipes. In 1990 Tina Wells collaborated with a harp-builder friend to create lyre-harps for their BF four-year-old daughters. The girls couldn't read, so both pentatonic and regular 8-note-scale lyre-harps were designed. The pentatonic tuning, popular in the Waldorf schools (DEGABd), is heavenly and ideal for small children--whatever is played sounds harmonious. This happens to be the same as the pedal harp glissando for G (D,E, G, A, B with neutralized F-flat and C-flat), but letting the girls strum the pedal harp wasn't very practical. Much more convenient to give the girls their own small instruments. Tina fashioned connect-the-dot music that slips behind the strings. The lyre-harps were designed with the same string spacing as Tina's Celtic harp and pedal harp so the connect-the-dot music works for full-sized harps as well as small harps.