I’m a new harpist…I’ve been playing for about 2 years, (1 on my Salvi semi-grand), but I’d had 4 years of piano background when I started, so I didn’t have to spend time learning how to read music, and learning the notes.
So, people are usually impressed when I say I’ve only played harp for 2 years. I can get up to some moderately difficult pieces, if I put in enough time. I got accepted into a high school orchestra recently, so I’ve managed playing those pieces, and I’m able to sight read pretty well. Keeping up with the orchestra repertoire isn’t too hard for me.
Well, I’ve played my harp at church twice, I also played for some events at the library, where I was paid about $10 or $20 each time. So, not big gigs. But what are other things a beginning, young harpist can/should do for public gigs? My teacher says that if I’m playing out, I should receive full pay…and I should be ready to play professionally. I don’t think I’m really that good, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t play out at small things, does it?