A Bit Of Muse

Israel’s Sea Of Galilee is known to the locals as the “Kinneret”. A little known fact is that the name “Kinneret”, in the Hebrew language means “Harp”. The Sea Of Galiliee, @ 700 feet below sea-level, is the Earth’s lowest freshwater lake. The lake is 68 stories lower than the Mediterranian Sea, which is only 25 miles away. Interesting stuff, Huh?
So; if you’re playin’ JP’s latest A-minor gift package, I guess you could say you’re playin’ the Kinneret! Later…Walboy

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Israel's Sea Of Galilee is known to the locals as the "Kinneret". A little known fact is that the name "Kinneret", in the Hebrew language means "Harp"... So, if you're playin' JP's latest A-minor gift package, I guess you could say you're playin' the Kinneret!
Sorry! I just can't live with that assessment!

I recently watched the Naked Archeologist’s episode of “The Search for King David’s Harp” –


And nowhere was any mention nor discovery made that David’s harp, a Kinneret (sic), and/or lyre was anything like the harmonica instrument, later called a ‘harp!’

Of course, it’s always great to have JP’s harmonica lessons via email, world’s best and most favorite harmonica home course DVD bundle, etc. –

So after all is said and done:


Keep On Harpin’!

Jees SPD; Can’t bend the rules just once? I can just see King David tryin’ to blow through a harp to get music out of it!! lol!..Walboy

Well, WB:

Never let it be said I’m not up for re-evaluating, re-assessing previous thoughts, ideas, yes, even opinions as further research and information is meted out.

Being said then, breaking down the kinnor/lyre harp vs. a harmonica harp we find the following:

Here’s the harp style of King David’s and other ancient days –



Music played on these is done by ‘plucking’ the strings. As are guitars, violins, and basically most stringed instruments.

However, there other stringed instruments which utilize “air” as their source of musical/vibrational sound. Those are called ‘Aeolian Wind’ harps:



Besides the glass (h)armonica that Benjamin Franklin invented:


Still, for all intents and purposes, the harmonica reed instruments we know/play today are based from the Aeolian-style harps:


Now while we might call most all harmonicas ‘harps’ as the history of the instrument suggests –

Still though, we don’t necessarily do this in the reverse. Interestingly enough, in modern days, besides a young legendary David, whenever we think of harps and harp players as harps and harp players – Harpo Marx and/or Mr. Spock immediately come to mind:



Thing is, if anyone wishes to equate a plucked Kinnor with a wind Aeolina cum reed Harmonica, calling them all by the generic term: “harps” – Far be it for me to interrupt.

Yet to be fair of the historical research/records as evidence indicates, one should still be able to make distinctions between which types of harps one’s referencing, don’tcha think? I do. But that’s just me. As such then, unable to make that kind of ‘leap’ in my thinking, views, etc. – My original assessment stands.

Now though in regards as to whether I could imagine David playing a harmonica – Well, by juxtaposing/transposing times, people, and such – One could just about imagine anything anywhere anytime, eh?

Yet though too, if some sort of Aeolian wind styled harp was around out in the fields where David is said to have played his Kinnor, sure, thinking of him blowing on that to hear music would be very reasonable.

Additionally, if such another-type instrument was available to him at the time, I’d believe it more reasonable to think in addition to playing a lyre, he might’ve/could’ve played some real mean Dylanesque “Psalm Blues” on say a pan flute:



And yes, pan flutes are deemed the world’s first ‘mouth organs’ and yes, harmonicas are called ‘mouth organs’ today as well. But in our comparing/assessing these terminologies – well, am sure there’s no need to further go down those roads either.

Bottom line, I guess here is: Bending rules once, twice or many times is no problem; providing of course I know what the rules were/are first to be bent. Hehehehehe!!!

Sure, I might make the jump and say that tapping my toes in my shoe keeping the beat is akin to playing the rhythms on the drums along with the drummer. And sure, I can say it; but it doesn’t make it so.

However, in all seriousness and no bullshit aside: In my musing it over: Anything that helps anyone make a connection to music and what they feel when they play it – It’s all good!!


Keep on Lyre/Pan Flute/Aeolina/Harmonica Harpin’!


Walboy, just to let you know, I happened to like your calling a harp a ‘Kinneret’! I thought it was a cool observation, but since a harmonica is not a ‘harp’. We must watch our P’s and Q’s so we don’t get busted by the grammer police!
Harp is a slang word when refering to a harmonica. Yes, it is true a harp is a stringed instrument, played by plucking strings. But, you can also pluck reeds if you so choose, which is how you can check for proper gaps etc. So, if you would like to refer to your harps as Kinneret, so be it.
So with all that, I’ll go play my Kinneret and leave the harps to others. :stuck_out_tongue:

Did I forget to mention that sometimes I have a big spoon to stir things up with? ;D MWUHAHAHAHAHA!