How do I know if a chord sounds right?

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    Simona Millham on #161597

    Hello folks

    I’ve been learning harp since June 08 and I’ve had regular lessons but at the moment my teacher is taking a few months off while she has twins.

    barbara-brundage on #161598

    One way is to use your eyes as much as your ears. If you can see that one string isn’t vibrating or is vibrating much more than the others, that means you need to put in some more work. It helps to place the three notes and then practice playing each finger individually, too. Don’t always do this in the same pattern, like 321, though. Do 231, 132, 312, etc, as well.

    barbara-brundage on #161599

    I mean to leave the other fingers placed while you play the single strings. Sorry, forgot to mention that.

    Simona Millham on #161600

    Thank you very much – I’m trying that right now, and yes, I must say I am amazed at how inconsistent the volume of the notes is when I play them in a different order! DEFINATELY something to work on there!

    That’s the rest of my evening sorted then 🙂

    Tacye on #161601

    Can you tell by ear a major chord from a minor one?

    Simona Millham on #161602

    Tacye that’s interesting. Yes, I think it makes sense.

    Audrey Nickel on #161603

    Another good thing to practice is finger independence.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #161604

    To hear it perfectly balanced, play each note with your second fingers and then try to match it.

    Simona Millham on #161605

    Thank you again, all, for the excellent advice.

    barbara-brundage on #161606

    Good for you, Simona! If you keep at it it always improves, sooner or later. 🙂

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