—by Rebecca Harrisson
How to use physical and mental tools to prevent injuries at the harp
The harp is a demanding instrument to play, involving so much more than hands and fingers. We use our whole body, from head to foot, to create our inner balance—a framework of bone and muscle that supports the technique and tone of our playing.
Usually we don’t think about our bodies in terms of a framework. All of us have our routines while sitting behind a harp, often not realizing that the simple act of sitting influences playing and tone. A constant bend of the neck or a strange angle in the wrist may not matter for a few hours, but, over a lifetime of practice, these small habits can build up to injuries that stop a musician from playing.