Oh how I would love to be home right now, noodling away now that the Christmas knitting is mostly done and I have a few pre-made meals sitting in my fridge.
I continue to be surprised at how difficult it is to maintain the hand independence on the harp that is so trivial to me on the piano, to the point where I don’t even think about it there anymore. I have to hear piano newbies talk about how difficult it is before I can even remember that there must have been a time for me when that was challenging. At the keyboard, I just move my hands however they need to be moved.
On the harp though … oh, yes. It’s hard, especially due to the strange half-off timing that the harp and piano have, relative to one another. On the piano, the steps are as follows:
- Press to get noise.
- Release to stop.
Not so on the harp:
- Press to prepare noise.
- Release to get.
Basically, on the piano, you don’t reach for a key until you need it. Wait that long on a harp, and it’s too late. That little half-off shift in process is juuuuuust close enough to the piano to make me want to wait until I need a sound before reaching for the string, and juuuuuust enough off from it to completely muck things up.
So, sum total lessons learned so far:
- Place fingers purposefully to avoid buzzing.
- Flipper hands.
- Thumb and forefinger apart!
- Place before you need the note.