repertoire for small hands

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    elinor-niemisto on #88829

    I have a college harpist with very small hands.

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #88830

    I had a student with the same problem. Sometimes we just had to do a little editing, but

    most times she just had to place what she could and then put the last finger on as soon as

    she played the first finger. For solid chords, sometimes we took out one of the middle

    notes, or re-voiced the chord. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than getting an injury. This

    student became a superb harpist and musician, and nobody ever knew or cared how she

    overcame the tiny hands.

    unknown-user on #88831

    If you don’t try to place all the notes at once, but one at a time from 4-3 and 3-2 then 1 it is possible for a small hand to play very large chords. And with speed, you can jump an octave or more in a smooth progression from one note to the next and if you think of it as a chord it will sound as one.

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