Laura (cosmic_reverie) wrote in harp,
Laura
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Beginner Harpist

Hello all! I am a new harpist, my first musical instrument since the brief attempts to play piano, flute, and recorder as a kid. I had to teach myself to read music because anything I had learned in childhood, I had forgotten. I bought myself a nylon-strung Celtic harp, the Heather model, back in February, and have been teaching myself with a beginner book ever since. I'm loving it! I'm not any good yet, but I'm a lot farther along than I expected to be just by teaching myself. I'd be a lot better if I actually practiced more than once or twice a week, but it's a hobby, so I do what I can.

The first little while I spent playing around with my new toy, I explored various ways to make music. Without knowing it was wrong, I taught myself to play with all ten fingers. By the time I learned that I'm supposed to neglect the pinky, I had already gotten used to positioning my hands to use it. And so, I play using all my fingers, which I know is not the proper way to play. On the one hand, I'm of the opinion that as long as it sounds good, I'm fine. On the other hand, I don't know if improper hand positioning will lead to trouble in the future. Does anyone have any advice on this?

Thank you all! Here's a picture of my Heather, a simple mass-produced harp, but pretty and perfect for my needs.

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