As harp makers, we regularly hear the comment "I've always wanted to play harp, but I never imagined I could actually do it!" When thinking of harps, people often picture the large, ornate, and expensive pedal harps that are played in orchestras, and it's no wonder the dream seems out of reach. It's difficult to envision yourself starting off by acquiring and learning to play a pedal harp if you don't have aspirations to be a professional. Even if pedal harp is your goal, it’s often easier to start with a lever harp. Also commonly called folk harps or Celtic harps, lever harps are generally smaller, more affordable, and easy to learn. You can learn to play everything from folk music to pop/rock, hymns, jazz, and therapeutic music, or you can just pluck to your heart’s content and see what happens!