Teifi Harp Help FAQs

We get asked a lot of questions – some are simple and sometimes they can be more complex. To help with the wide variety of problems which harpists encounter (beginners and professionals alike), we’ve put together a series of handy how-to guides and tutorials. Each guide features a video of master harpmaker Allan Shiers talking you through the various issues, as well as text and image explanations.

If you are still having problems and can’t figure something out, don’t forget you are always welcome to ask us a question.

Young woman choosing between different types of harp

A Beginner's Guide To Buying A Harp

If you’re a first time buyer, here’s some useful info, tips and things to look out for.

Concert harp mechanism showing its pins and discs

Lever Harps & Concert/Pedal Harps

What’s the difference between these two types of harp? Quite a lot! Find out more.

Harp with tuning key

How To Tune A Harp

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to tune a harp, both by ear and using a digital meter.

How to identify a harp string

How To Identify A Harp String

How to identify a harp string, the gauge, type, and which octave it sits in.

How to change a harp string

How To Change A Harp String

Everything you need to know about changing a harp string.

How to tie a knot in a harp string

How To Tie A Knot In A Harp String

A very simple, clear guide on the process of tying the anchor knot in a harp string

Tangled harp strings

Why do harp strings break?

A common problem for many harpists. Here are some possible causes and solutions.

How to tune a harp to the key of E flat major

How To Tune A Lever Harp To E Flat (Eb)

A handy tutorial guide on how to tune a lever or Celtic harp in E flat (Eb) and how to access more keys.

How to care for your harp

How To Look After A Harp

A harp is for life, not just for Christmas. Harp care essentials, hints and tips.

Stuck or loose harp tuning pins

Troublesome Tuning Pins

Tuning pins can sometimes get stuck or become loose. Here are some possible solutions.

How to amplify a harp for live performance

How To Amplify A Harp

A guide on amplifying a harp live, including advice on pickups and amplifiers.

Harp stringing charts

Harp Stringing Charts

Stringing charts for all the Telynau Teifi models, including older models such as the Robyn.