It is true that you can find a lot on YouTube and Craigslist. For Abigael Green, the two websites led her to her musical passion.
“Two years ago I found a lever harp on Craigslist,” Green said. “I ordered it and taught myself how to play after watching YouTube and some other Internet sites.”
Now, Green uses her skills as a harpist to perform at weddings and social events, most recently at the Sedalia Visual Art Association opening at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art last Friday evening.
“I’ve played at a few weddings last year and have booked one already for this summer,” Green said. “I really enjoy playing and it’s not as hard as people may think.”
Green said she cannot read sheet music, so she plays everything from ear.
A lever harp is smaller than other harps and the size does present some limitations to the works she can play.
“A lever has 26 strings and it’s really laid out like a piano,” Green added. “I love to play Celtic music; ‘The Lord of the Rings’ score is one of my favorites and I love to play music from Disney movies. I really like the theme from ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and ‘Cannon in D’ by Pachelbel is another favorite.”
Green said she cannot play the piano, but she does play the tin whistle, which she described as a Celtic recorder.
Both her parents play instruments: her father the trumpet, and her mother the violin, as do her brothers and sister who play the guitar and piano.
“I don’t think I’m skilled enough to play with a group like the symphony,” Green said. “When I’m busy I don’t practice as much as I should to get to that level.”
Green said she spends about an hour a week practicing when she is busy with school and work, and about 30 minutes a day every other day practicing when she has more free time.
Green, who is 18, was home-schooled and now attends State Fair Community College where she is studying engineering. She has a part-time job at the SFCC Campus Store.
“I have always loved math and science,” Green added. “After I complete my degree at State Fair, I plan to transfer to the University of Missouri S&T in Rolla to finish my education.
“I’m not sure where I will go after I graduate college,” Green added. “I do see myself playing my harp throughout the rest of my life.”
Green occasionally plays at the Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market, which is open Tuesdays and Fridays at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Individuals who would like to hire Green for an event may contact her at [email protected] or visit aharpist.wix.com.