How to harvest the white space between the notes.
It is the silence between the notes that makes the music;
it is the space between the bars that cages the tiger
As harpists, we spend an inordinate amount of time fretting about the position and technique of our fingers as they make contact with the strings, and we easily forget about the “negative space” in our playing—that is, the space between the notes and the space between the strings. Consider that harp strings only make sound when we are not touching them. Let that sink in for a minute—we have to let go of our strings in order for our instrument to sing! This sets us apart from almost all instruments (with the exception of other percussion instruments and guitar). For us, the “negative space” between the notes isn’t the absence of music, but harp music’s very presence.