Buying a harp
Tuning the harp
Fingering and placing
Two hands together
strings – harp care
levers – right vs. left hand
tips from other harp students
Kolancy Music comments
Notes from the author
This helpful information is great for pedal harp or lever harp players. Basic, all around helpful hints!
-Buying a Harp – wire or nylon style harp, large or small harps, what to look for depending on your needs or what kind of music you want to play
-Tuning the Harp – how singing can help you tune, looking for the “do re mi” scale
-Practicing – how to get more out of your time, make the most of practice time
-Fingering and Placing – ideas to advance your playing by choosing good fingering patterns; the why’s and how of placing
-Two Hand Coordination – techniques to help you put both hands together; very simple approaches to fooling your brain!
-Note Reading – based on teaching the worst student about reading – namely me! I figured out how to accomplish this unruly task by finding the the big picture of logical visual patterns!!
-Memorizing – getting your mind and body to work together to recall patterns -because you already know tons of memorized phone number, passwords, codes, addresses!
-Imagination – stretch your playing style by plugging in playful habits; taking cues from kids!
-Ledger Lines – learn 2 methods for reading ledger lines
-Performing – getting over the jitters; great self talk exercises; food to avoid before performing
-Avoiding Injury – rethinking our habits to avoid injury; an outline to fight a tendonitis re-occurrence
-Harp Care – harps in cars, hot or cold weather, playing outside, changing strings, seeing your wire strings in the dark, right hand vs left hand – which hand is best to use for the melody
-Strings, levers, resources, great web sites and book list
-My favorite inspiring quotes to get you through the learning process and more!