Achieving balance in your body to make better music.
Open a web-search for the word “balance,” and you will be greeted with cheerful tips for balancing your meals, your finances, your work and personal life, and your exercise routine. Almost all of our daily activities require some sort of balance, including our harp practicing. Not surprisingly, balance is a key component of almost every motion we make as harpists; having an awareness of this balance can correct many issues before they become bad habits.
Before discussing balance, we need to define what this word means for us. Go on—I’ll wait while you ponder the meaning of this word (insert Jeopardy theme song here). Probably, you are picturing something that is in a natural state of equilibrium, stable, and supported—something that stays that way naturally, without effort. Achieving balance in our playing starts from the moment we sit down on the bench and is part of every note we play.