Hello! I’m brand new here and have been reading posts and learning. I saw some advice for back pain but think I should ask about my specific problem is that’s ok because I tend to have sensitive nerves. I’ll try to give complete information so people can help if they can!
I’ve had my wee harp for about 16 years, I thought the guy at the renaissance festival made it (just my assumption) but now am realizing it’s a roosebeck pixie harp. I must have a unicorn out of all the ones with problems because it’s wonderful and well made. But I have weak shoulders neurologically and so have had a struggle practicing this whole time because of having to hold such a small harp closely. I finally made a stand out of my spinning wheel with the wheel off, it fits perfectly and slants exactly right. And things were great for the past couple months till this past week. All of a sudden I am getting really bad pain just under my left shoulder blade when I practice. I practice a lot in anticipation of getting a bigger harp. The things that have changed is that I have my chair up high to play, but my feet don’t quite reach the floor because of short legs, so I’ve recently lowered the chair, and I rest my feet on a couple books.
I think the main problem is that I’m having trouble keeping my lower spine in a neutral position. It bows forward and that’s when the pain starts in my shoulder blade area.
I’m wondering if I raised my chair height, right now my right ear is about even with the top of my harp. I keep it away from me so it doesnt have to rest on my shoulder but am also wondering how far away I should keep it. It has 19 strings and maybe that is part of the problem. I’m really looking forward to a larger harp.
Thank you for any help! Oh I’ve also added a beanbag on top of my head to remind me to be in a neutral posture. Does it take time to juggle all this between learning to play and watching posture?