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.
SmallHarps & More
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.