Slowly thanks to some life stuff, but moving ahead.
Either I’ve got the pedals set wrong, or there’s a wee bit of a booger smack in the middle of this Bochsa etude that I really don’t care for.
This is like the harpist’s version of “check six.” Before you start, make sure you know where your damned feet are!
It feels so nice to be back on the harp with lessons. I have no idea how this problem will get solved, but for the moment, I’m working along on that Bochsa etude and am delighted to be doing so under my teacher’s eye.
I wish there were a Taubman person nearby who was familiar with the harp, but in the meantime, I did contact an Alexander technique person to see if we can’t find a way to manage with this business. I’m also going to have a lesson with my teacher next Thursday and together we’ll figure out a way to move forward, so that will be nice. I’m going to go back and make sure that the waltz is in my fingers in a good way, and see if we can’t work on the octave part, and I’ll bring the second Bochsa etude with me as well.
I need to start putting together a list of the pieces I want to keep in mind for the future. I can feel myself getting distracted and unfocused again, which is part of what works well with having a teacher: they keep you on track.
So I’ve got the Bochsa etude #2, that little freygische melody that I’m learning and composing at the same time, and now I’ve managed to get the sheet music for the Icelandic hymn that went viral on YouTube, “Heyr Himna Smiður.” That one will be a challenge to get to work on a harp without a full bass range and an extended soundboard, but we’ll see what can be done.
But I can’t lose focus off of the Bochsa, nor lose the other two pieces I was working on with my teacher before the whole “nope-nope-nope” business with my third finger started.
They came — fifty of the things. It should be fun to see if I can’t work through a few of the less digitally challenging ones and employ Taubman-style forearm rotation to make them more manageable. I definitely like #2, so I might start with that one.
Update: Yup — #2 is definitely pretty. 🙂 I’m having a hard time settling on one way to do the left hand, though. I sort of have to force myself to do it the right way, but that really is best since it involves the least amount of thought and the most brain left over to pay mind to other things.