The harp originated with the Egyptians sometime aroundÂ 3,000 B.C. Believed to be one of the oldest instruments, the earliest harps were formed from hunting bows.
By the Middle Ages, the harp had advanced greatly and the instrument took on a more angled appearance. The strings were made of various materials, including plant fibers. In the 1700s, advancements were made and pedals began being built in so that users could enjoy a larger pitch range. In 1810, the double-action pedal harp was invented and harpists could play in any key they desired. Other improvements have been made since that time, and the harp is manufactured all around the world.