When I was deciding whether or not to purchase a new pedal harp, my partner Gene recommended that I move forward now “before you are too old to play it.” A recent post by an esteemed colleague reported on the purchase of a smaller harp that would be easier to carry as he gets older. So, I started to wonder: What are the changes harpists experience as we age? How do these changes affect our playing? What accommodations do we make for these changes? What do we do to stave off the impact of aging on our playing? How does our relationship to the harp change with time?
So I’m putting out the call. What have been your experiences and thoughts on this topic? What have you observed in your teachers and mentors? How is it different for you?
John, Columbus, Ohio