I have been playing for almost 3 years now. Coming from a horn background where I played by building tension in my torso, I have difficulty relaxing while playing the harp. Maybe I don’t even know how to play relaxed, despite my teachers efforts to explain it to me.
The tension most prominent while trying to play fast adjacent strings up and down (16th notes in Canon in D) or quickly repeated chords (Salzedo Tango), as I think my fingers muscles fight between opening and closing in order to get placed in the right position (does that make sense? My “close” muscles fight to curb the enthusiasm of the “open” muscles in order for them to not get overzealous and hit neighboring strings). This battle results in tension all the way up to my shoulder.
What I would like to know from all you kind folks is if Alexander Technique would help with this? I see people remark about AT and relaxation and that sounds promising. Also, the AT instructor in my city seems to specialize in vocals. Would he be able to help me at the harp?