Clarsach is the ancient word for
small (non-pedal) harp, the oldest of Scotland's traditional instruments. It enjoyed
great popularity in Scotland until the end of the seventeenth century. At one
time the harp was even more prevalent than the bagpipers. The harp was played
in Scottish royal court during the reigns of James I, IV and VI.
is encouraged to compete, whether for winning or for a critique, which many competitors
have found as helpful as having a private lesson.