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Harp Strings 101

Harp Strings Explained at Melody’s

Know which strings you need? Click on “Harp Strings” in the top navigation menu to start ordering. Read on if you’d like a refresher course.

The Basics

Ordering strings for harps can be really confusing. When you are ordering strings, no matter from whom, you must know what kind of harp you have. That is the first and most important step.  Additionally, Most harp makers will furnish a string gauge chart as part of the package, so don’t lose that piece of paper. Many times it is glued inside the sound box. We have provided a few string charts for your convenience. Scroll down for a few helpful string charts.

Monofilaments explained

Most folk/lever harps crafted by individuals use monofilament strings for the top 20, more or less, including Dusty Strings, Thormahlen, Triplett, and more. Order these by gauge and color. Your string chart comes in very handy here.

Dusty Strings Numberings

Wrapped strings of a specific size may be used on more than one Dusty Strings model.  The package may say 32/34, meaning it is String 32 on one harp, but is actually string 34 on another. Your string chart is invaluable here.


For harps made by L&H or Salvi, both pedal and lever, order by OCTAVE. Octaves encompass the following notes in backwards order: E-D-C-B-A-G-F. Depending how large your harp is, there may be up to 7 octaves. The first octave consists of the shortest and thinnest strings.


For most other harps, strings are identified by number. To know which one is needed, start counting at the smallest, shortest string (the TOP of the harp) proceeding toward the lowest, longest one. EXAMPLE: to identify a broken middle C on a Dusty Strings Ravenna 34, if you start counting at #1 (highest, thinnest, shortest string), you will find that #20 is middle C.

Sitting at the harp: When you sit at the harp, the shortest strings should be closest to your face.

Some Common String Charts – printable PDFs

Pedal Harps Helpful Chart | Ravenna 34 String Chart | Ravenna 26 String Chart | Crescendo 32 Chart | Crescendo 34 Chart | Lyric&Shamrock | L&H Folk Harp | Salvi Folk + Ana | Troubadour and more | Thormahlen 36 | Pakistan 22 monofilaments | Bridget monofilaments

Downloadable Product Information

Here at Melody’s we offer a wide array of music books and accessories.  In the music book category, you may have a choice between PDFs (or MP3s) and paper books. If there is a choice, you are required to click either the paper version or PDF version before you can put an item into your cart. There should be no shipping charge for download music.  If there are physical products in your cart at the same time, your total will reflect shipping for those physical items.

Products that are download only will have a narrow blue banner toward the top of the description.   Products that are only available as physical/paper will not have a choice for you to make in order to add to your cart, nor will they have the narrow blue banner signifying download only.

After you check out, you are directed back to your receipt where you can download your music. Also, you will receive an email thanking you for your order with links that will take you to your downloads. Please add to your approved e-mail list. If you do not receive an e-mail within a few minutes after you place your order, check your spam folder.

If you created an account with us, you can also find your downloads by going to “My Account” and clicking on the “Downloads” link.  We highly recommend that you create an account so that you can refer to your order history whenever you want.

Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”. 

If you have a problem with your downloads, please contact us at  for assistance. Because our website contains so many titles, on occasion we have overlooked uploading a PDF here or there.  When you notify us of this, we make the correction immediately.  Please note that downloads are not “returnable.”


Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”.  If you can’t find your PDF, look in your “downloads” folder first.  The title of the PDF may not match the title of the book, so you may want to change the title to what you will remember. After you have located your download, please either remember that it is in your “downloads” folder, or better yet, move it to another folder on your computer with a name that you will remember.

Your respect of the copyright laws will help support the musicians and arrangers who created this music, and will encourage more harp music to be produced in the future. Please do not make multiple copies to pass on to others. You can help keep downloadable harp music viable and available by encouraging your students, friends, and relatives to purchase their own copies. Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.


On our website,, we offer a wide selection of paper and download music. We were always in a quandary about publications having several parts, or that include sound files. After realizing that we can place multiple files into one folder and “zip” it up, we are now able to offer book + cd options.

What we do: sound files and the PDF book are placed into a folder and zipped. The zipped folder is inserted into the product on the back end of the web site.

What you receive: after you purchase, you receive a zipped folder. This is a folder that literally has a picture of a zipper on it, indicating there is more than one document in the folder.

What you do with it: Generally by double clicking on the folder, it automatically opens up. The challenge lies in whether or not you have a program that unzips these folders. If you do, it is as simple as double clicking and the contents are revealed. Alternately, you can right click on the folder, which brings up choices, one of which is “open with” – you then click on your unzip program.

If you don’t have a program to unzip your files you’ll have a challenge! Recently I bought a small laptop for my zoom lessons. This laptop did not come with winzip, or any other kind of program that unzips these folders. The computer kept wanting me to purchase winzip for $29.  I found another program that does a great job, and it is free. 7-zip unzips all my compressed (zipped) folders! It is open source and you can find out more here:

We hope all this information is helpful to you.

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