“Vaga Luna” — first victory :-)

Vaga Luna (simplified version) — arranged by me, brackets aren’t marked. Basically if you can place an outer finger, then do so.

Lever changes: Take measure 12 w/LH. Take measure 14 w/RH.

So, I’ve managed a greatly simplified version of it, and I’m very happy with it. My fingertips don’t hurt so much anymore, and yet I don’t feel calluses on them; they’ve simply stopped tingling/hurting noticeably.

I’ve begun to work my way through the simplified arrangements of Christmas carols from Sylvia Woods book 50 Christmas Carols for All Harps. After I can play them to my satisfaction, I’d like to start some exercises, songs, or pieces that will enable me to manage a more complex left hand part. The arrangement of “Vaga Luna” that I did has two measures where there are a few things happening in the left hand that require some attention, but overall, it’s been one whole note per measure so I can focus on other things like proper hand position, good tone, and keeping my thumbs up — as well as what I’ve dubbed the Fatal Half-Shift in Time. 🙂

Coping with that fatal half-shift though has forced me to almost “play” my placing, to put my fingers on the strings firmly and in time with the music as well as plucking them in time. This has been a real godsend in terms of avoiding buzzing, so I guess forcing myself to come to terms with the difference in timing between piano and harp comes with some benefits.

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