I am in my late 20s and have been learning harp for nearly a year now with no prior musical experience. I picked up site reading well enough and am a very by-the-rules person in general, which has carried into my harp playing in that it feels stiff and confined to exactly what’s on the page.
So I am looking for tips or suggestions on how to start playing in a more “musical” manner and not be so tied down by the exact notation and my own brain. My initial thought is, of course, to find more rules and look into music theory, but I am somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of info out there. Speed Test Should I memorize a bunch of chords and work off those as building blocks to understanding sound better? How can I step into being a more playful Scrabble Word Finder or fluid player? My goals are to eventually be able to possibly write some things myself and pick up Solitaire on how to play songs without having sheet music.
I’ve taken to trying to freestyle for a few minutes whenever I practice in order to loosen up a little bit. Just whatever my hands gravitate towards doing. Appreciate any insight!