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Learn how to play the wire-strung harp with this instructional video tutorial - Tie a Wire String Part 2
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Now let’s assume. I’ve already figured out that the wire I need is this, 0.17, just happens to be. Go to your harp and I have got it right here. I’m not going to break a string for you, but let’s assume that it’s a string that’s broken. I’m going to actually take the actual measurement from the soundboard to the tuning pin. That’s the length I need. I’m going to add not that much, and about that much again. Especially, if you’re just using, this is brass, always cut it way too long, because the worst thing that can happen is to tie your knot and get it all beautiful and put it on your harp and then find out you’re about a quarter inch shy of what you need. You have to start all over again. So, always cut ample wire. You’re not using another piece of equipment here. Okay, this is where the vice-grip comes in handy. You hook this over a doorknob and then you grip the edge of your wire in the vice-grip. Now you can also use regular vice, if you’ve got one and you’ve got the room or you can use your needle nose pliers and get a member of the audience to hold the other end for you. What is vital in this process is to have the string taut. If this is flopping around the place, it’s going to be very hard to tie this knot. I always start well into the wire. I don’t want to be fighting with the really short piece of wire. So, I actually start my knot with plenty of wire to work with. Take your toggle, put it on the wire and get one wrap around it.
So, I have taken the wire and I have made one wrap around. Now, I’m going to make another one. Okay, now I’m going to wrap it around, but this time, take it around the other side. You see how I switched it. Now, I’m wrapping below the taut string, and wrap it around again, four wraps altogether. Then I switch directions. Now, I’m going to wrap my loose end and you see how nice it is to have plenty to hold on to here. Wrap my loose end around the taut end of the wire and I just wrap it as neatly as I can. Sort of like a whelmed guitar string, and I do that maybe five times. Now, I take my needle nose pliers and I cut off that tail end and there we go. Ask your audience member to release the wire or let go of your vice-grip and there’s your knot.