Hello everyone 🙂
I’m new here and new to the harp! I have a question related to ergonomic playing.
I feel otherwise quite comfortable playing, but I’ve noticed that my upper arms get slightly fatigued after playing for just five minutes. Nothing major but definitely noticeable. I play a small 27 Salvi Juno at home. I have a teacher and she is careful about posture, but we’re currently on holiday.
The Harper’s Manual suggests three issues to target:
1. Holding the elbows too high. I don’t make a point of holding them up too scrupulously, though (maybe 45 degrees)
2. “Habitually holding the hands above heart level”. Since my harp is so small, I do raise my hands quite high at times to reach the 1st and 2nd octaves
3. The weight of the harp might be pressing against the shoulder. I know this is not the case
I was also wondering if tensing up the shoulders might be to blame? I have noticed that it’s sometimes hard to keep the shoulders and the hips completely relaxed.
Has anyone experienced anything similar?