I’ve been playing the harp for 3 years, and the piano before that for
8. I play on full-size pedal harps. Since I started playing, I’ve
noticed that after practicing for a fairly short time (20-30 mins.),
my entire back and shoulders begin to ache.
I’m not sure exactly what the problem is. The harp certainly isn’t an
easy instrument to play, and it’s pretty hard on the body. But I
don’t think this is normal. I don’t want to ruin my back and not be
able to play in a few years.
I’m wondering if this is a problem with the way I’m sitting, or if
it’s tension/frustration. I’ve noticed that I’m usually in less pain
when I’m warming up with scales/arpeggios, or when I’m polishing a
piece that I already know fairly well. My most painful practicing
usually involves reading through new pieces.
DOes anyone have any suggestions or advice? Thanks!