I played lever harp for a long time before I switched to pedal. This meant not being able to afford a lot of lessons for a while, which unfortunately coincided with learning basic pedalling technique. I’ve made a lot of progress, but something that was never properly addressed in the lessons I did take was posture. I can’t do lessons at the moment either, but practice every day, and I worry about getting so used to sitting/moving badly it will be very hard to correct.
I practice mostly wearing socks with the harp fairly close to my body, which causes me have trouble keeping my balance every time I have to move the two inmost pedals at once. I lift my feet off the ground. From what I understand, I’m not supposed to do this. But I can’t seem to find a position that doesn’t throw me off balance at least a little when I move B&E. I can try to push back with my knees and do get through pieces when this happens, but it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. I have tried placing the harp further away and wearing heels. But unless I move the harp ridiculously far away (to a point that it messes with playing), keeping my heels on the ground B&E means twisting my ankles into a really weird, hard to do position. That doesn’t exactly help smooth playing either.
So yeah, I just kind of lift my knees and cling around my harp like a little gremlin and sure I can play these pieces but it looks weird and doesn’t feel very dependable or help my playing. I can’t really find a good guide to sitting the right way, none of it is detailed enough. It will be a while before I’ll be able to see a teacher again and meanwhile I’m probably doing something very wrong.
How do you sit? Is it normal to feel slightly off balance when you have to move B&E at once? Do professional harpists just manage not to let it show?