I’m fairly new here – I have a Dusty Strings 26-string harp, and I love playing Celtic music. I’m probably an advanced beginner/low-intermediate. Unfortunately, I have an underlying health issue, and in the past 5 years have had 3 surgeries, including 2 to the shoulder! (not the best thing for someone that loves playing the harp!) so I haven’t played much for a long time.
I’m finally getting a little stronger and have started playing again, and as I dust off the pieces that I knew, it made me wonder about other harpists – how many pieces do you all know that you can just sit down and play right off? Or to put it another way, if someone said that they loved listening to harp music and would listen as long as you played, how many pieces could you play?
I’m terribly rusty on the 10 or so pieces I played well before the surgeries, and I want to play more pieces, but I thought I should get those pieces back up to where I play them well before I started too many new pieces. But that made me wonder – do other harpists use the “cheat” books a lot so that they can enjoy playing a wide variety of pieces beyond just those that are on sheet music? Maybe that’s a good idea for me – I can get those 10 pieces up to scratch again, but also just bring out a cheat book when I want some variety.
How do you all play pieces? Thanks for any input