I am the proud new owner of a 12 string kinnor.
A harp maker in Austral made it for me.
I picked it out especially because a little over a year ago I had a dream where
an older, mentor type lady brought one to me. I had no idea what kind of
instrument it was at the time so I drew a picture of it.
A year later I found this one on line. None else makes one quite like it.
It’s my birthday, Christmas and everything else present all wrapped into one.
I am very excited. I am hoping that like in the dream
this will be the one instrument that I can learn to play.
It’s very hard to be musically challenged in a family of musicians.
I love to worship. I love to sing loud.. even when I am out of tune.
A loud church sound system is a must.
I can jump but not dance. Sometimes, clapping on beat is a challenge.
I’ve never had anyone tell me that I am bad at waving flags,
so I wave them as often as possible.
I am very excited to have a room in our new house that’s big enough
to worship with flags. In the past, I’d take them outside occasionally.
When the kids were younger, I spent every evening practicing the guitar
while they were getting ready for bed. I learned how to play 10 or so cords
just to discover that I am not coordinated enough
to strum and play the cords at the same time.
If I practice a hymn for several days on the piano, I can play it so-so,
but that can be loud and annoying for everyone to hear the same song day after day.
I know how it feels to be on the other side of things and think, “anyone can do ___ if
they just try or give it some time.” Hope springs eternal.
I learned that harps are “diatonic” like the Do, Ra, Me scale,
so no matter what note you play it harmonizes.
I got a chromatic tuner too, so I can tune it.
Here is Mike teaching me how to tune it.
I’ll have to tune it everyday for a while.. new strings and all.
Pray for me not to give up.
Maybe one day I’ll take it to hospitals
and play and pray for the sick and see them recover.