Do you normally have students come to you for a lesson on your personal harps? Or do you travel to students so they can play their own harp? Have you noticed a big difference in how well (or poorly) the lesson goes either way?
I’m asking because I took lessons for 7 years at my teacher’s homes on their harps. I got a lot out of my lessons and progressed as a harpist BUT, I dreaded every single second of having to show my teachers what I can do on a harp I hadn’t practiced on. Their harps were always significantly different in size, feeling of the pedals, string tension, string spacing, and even the tone was different. Every lesson was horrible in terms of my performance. I couldn’t adjust to the different harps within the span of the lesson time. Neither of my teachers ever saw what I can really do on my own harp.
Recently, I quit my lessons out of complete frustration. I got tired of investing so many hours of time and hard work developing beautiful sound on my own harp, only to find it could not be reproduced on the teachers harps! Also the different size/proportion of instruments threw off my kinesthetic memory so badly that it was as though I had not practiced at all! As you can imagine, MOST of my lessons were wasted “correcting” a lot of problems that may or may not have actually been occurring for me at home. Both teachers were Music-Degree Professional Harpists. But neither believed in routine string changes. They both kept old, dull, shredding strings on their harps which sounded a bit “thud-like” to me. So I also felt very disoriented by the different sound. It didn’t match the articulate tones and string responsiveness I was getting at home on my routinely maintained harp.
It seems like adjusting to different harps is a skill all it’s own? I’m thinking my next plan should be “skype lessons” since I can’t find a teacher who can travel to me.
Any thoughts? Is this a normal problem for students?