And I’m still surprised about it. I’ve realized that my palm arches a bit when I play like this, the same way that it does when I’m playing the piano. My childhood piano teacher was one of those people who taught her students that when we played, we should be able to “fit a lemon into the hollow of your palm.”
I have no doubt that there are legions of piano teachers nowdays who would screech and act like you shot them if they heard that, only because there are legions of everyone who would screech over everything online. But for me, that means of holding my hand worked and was always comfortable. The piano has never once felt unpleasant to me, granted I never played any super-scary rep.
So it just struck me as interesting that after finally figuring out how to get 3 and 4 to play ball (with 3 pitching), it resulted in a nice, arched palm. Prior to that I had been holding my palm rather flat and thinking of my fingers as hinging like 2x4s at the top knuckle from the tendons along the outside of my hand.
I’m still so pleased about this. I don’t have the speed I’d like to have or that I’ll need eventually, but I’m making progress. My lever harp arrived on November 2, 2014, and here we are in January of 2018, and I’m seeing noteworthy progress.
I still have work to do with the left hand, even being left-handed. That hand feels to me as if I’m trying to play piano standing up — clumsy, kinked, and uncomfortable. It makes such a huge difference to have to reach across my body and that of the harp in order to play.