While in Boston this weekend for a vocal pedagogy workshop, I’ve arranged for a (lever) harp lesson. I’m also going to have the chance to sit down at a pedal harp for the first time. I just want to learn how to operate the pedals.
Because I specifically want to learn the mechanics of pedal operation, I’m trying to go in already solid on the theoretical part. To this end, I’ve been sitting in a chair and moving my feet as I recite the pedal order. I’m finding that my feet are covering a semicircular path of about 20 inches in diameter. Is that about right, way too much, not enough?
I don’t want to inadvertently develop muscle memory that is completely out of whack with reality, but I will likely have only have one chance to absorb this information, and I want to make the most of it. I’m trying to go in with at least the beginnings of a connection between my brain and feet, so that I know roughly where to go for the correct pedals to set the harp in a particular key.
As always, thank you. 🙂