Hated Learning Piano As A Kid? At Least It Wasn’t The Wheelharp

Hated Learning Piano As A Kid? At Least It Wasn’t The Wheelharp


The Wheelharp looks like a musical creation dating back to the time of Beethoven and Mozart, but believe it or not it’s not an antique. It’s a modern instrument created just over 10 years ago by Jon Jones as a way to let a single musician command their own string orchestra.

All-in-all the performer has access to 61 bowed strings covering a sweeping chromatic scale, but the Wheelharp is actually played from a keyboard, arranged horizontally or in an arc. Learning to play it probably takes a heck of a lot of practice, but the results are more natural sounds akin to a classical string instrument instead of a modern synthesiser.


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