newbie seeking advice–strength training before starting harp lessons???

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    ginger-rossi on #162842

    Hello All,

    I’m new to the forum and happy to have found you.

    I have been in love with harp music since I was nine. Now, in my mid-thirties, I have decided that my reward for finishing my doctoral dissertation will be to rent a lever harp and start lessons.

    While I work on the dissertation and try to save up money for the rental and lessons, I am teaching myself to read music.

    unknown-user on #162843

    Dear Ginger,

    I just measured my hands and fingers and found that they are even smaller than yours!

    andy-b on #162844

    Hi, Ginger: Make sure you explain your concerns to your teacher; he/she will instruct you in ways to play that will not

    unknown-user on #162845

    You might want to take a look at the Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander Technique, both of which can be useful for musicians.

    rod-c on #162846


    I have been playing harp and taking lessons for a year and a half now. Just by practicing daily, I have gained a great deal of strength in my fingers. You’ll probably find that happening to you, too.

    However, there is a little device you can buy for strengthening fingers. It is called a Gripmaster, and you can buy it online for $15.00 at this link below. I have one; I didn’t use it a lot, but I think it does work for strengthening fingers.


    Rod C.

    Mel Sandberg on #162847

    Hi Ginger
    I had a good laugh at your descriptions, because they could EXACLTY have been mine – sizing, RSI from computer, mouse work, wrist, etc… Then I had another good laugh at Denise’s replies.

    ginger-rossi on #162848

    Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions!

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