New to pedal harp question please

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    Philippa mcauliffe on #158651

    My daughter (10) has just received her first pedal harp.

    Sylvia Clark on #158652

    It might be a good idea to look for a harp teacher in your area.

    unknown-user on #158653

    Hmmm. I don’t remember any specific piece for learning the pedals. most easy pieces do not have a whole lot of pedals in them. There are some exercises for using the pedals in the Yolanda Kondonnassis book “On playing the harp”.

    unknown-user on #158654

    Try Salzedo’s La Desirade – it requires super precise pedaling.


    unknown-user on #158655

    On second thought, that’s probably too advanced. Check it out though and ask your teacher. There are videos on youtube…


    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #158656

    Salzedo’s METHOD FOR THE HARP is the perfect book for getting used to the pedals, and has the ever-popular “Chanson dans la Nuit” and “La Désirade” in it.

    Philippa mcauliffe on #158657

    Thank you very much.

    andy-b on #158658

    The Bach Prelude in C is easy as far as the fingers go, has changes on all pedals, and has the benefit of being recognized and useful as a perfomance piece.

    Philippa mcauliffe on #158659

    Prelude in C – yes, thats exactly what she wants – something

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