Tuning key buzz


The harpist plucks the string and then holds the tuning key close to it, making the string buzz against the metal.


The metal tuning key produces a loud metallic buzzing sound against the wire strings. On the gut strings the sound will be softer and will also have a shorter duration.


A tuning key buzz is indicated with the tuning key symbol and the noise symbol. The length of the buzzing sound is notated graphically with a wavy line.


Tuning key buzz.


The tuning key can create a buzz against all the strings, however the effect is most effective in the low and middle registers.