I’m new to this forum and wondered if anyone could help with a problem I have.
I’ve been playing the pedal harp for about 3 years and am finding it increasingly difficult (as I move on to harder pieces) to cope with the challenges presented by my small hands and feet. I find pedal changes incredibly hard (my feet are 2 and a half) as my feet aren’t long enough to reach the pedals with the heels staying on the floor (and I am sitting properly), even in shoes. I’m also finding some of the stretches required in pedal harp repertoire very hard as my hands are small – my middle finger is about 2 and a half inches long and my palm is barely 3 inches across. What I really would like to know is, is there any way I could get round these problems or should I just go back to lever harp? The pedal problem is especially bothering me at the moment, as I seem to have to distort my sitting position every time I need to change one, thus making it harder to play at the same time.
I’d be so grateful for any advice. Thank you.