I’ve been thinking a bit about the down side of having a piano background. Although I am grateful for the advantages (reading music and rhythm, etc.) I was surprised to discover that there are disadvantages as well, especially the tendency to “thumb under.” Over 20 years of sticking my thumb under my hand to do a run is really messing me up! So much so, that my teacher can tell when I’ve spent a fair amount of time at the keyboard–I’m working on Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata right now.
So, what do you think, harp columnists? Has there ever been a time when your musical background put you at a disadvantage, technically? Any teacherly advice for me?
Lisa, Fort Collins, CO