Harp Technique

Building and refining technique is a constant part of playing any instrument, including the harp. Below are several videos that I've put together about a few different techniques. Each video covers a separate technical aspect and explores it quite thoroughly, generally beginning with the technique in question at its simplest level and moving forward to a fairly complex level. Hopefully you'll not only find some tips for wherever you are on this spectrum, but you'll also see some ways to review and solidify easier techniques, as well as have a glimpse of where the technique is headed in its most refined state. 

If you're interested in even more about either harmonics or pedals, check out the exercise books I've written on both topics here.

Harmonics on the Harp

Harmonics are a beautiful effect on the harp, but can be difficult to play well. This video starts with what a harmonic is, demonstrates how to play one with each hand, and moves on to more complex scenarios involving harmonics.

Harp Technique Through Repertoire:
Rolled Chords

Rolled or arpeggiated chords are a classic technique on the harp. This video covers various approaches for practicing rolled chords through repertoire, using pieces at a variety of levels as examples and starting points.

Harp Technique Through Repertoire:

Descending Arpeggios

Arpeggios are strongly associated with the harp and many idiomatic pieces use this technique. Throughout this video repertoire at a variety of levels is used as a jumping off point for building descending arpeggio technique. Practice tips and approaches are discussed along the way.

Harp Technique through Repertoire:

As with any instrument, scales are a basic technique on the harp. However, they can get surprisingly complex and sometimes present a challenge to a harpist's technique. Using repertoire at a variety of different levels, this video starts with simple scales and builds to more complex instances of scales within pieces, offering some practice tips along the way.

Harp Technique Through Repertoire:
Ascending Arpeggios

Ascending arpeggios are a staple part of any harpist's technique. Here repertoire at various levels is used to explore ascending arpeggios.

Introduction to Pedals

This video, intended for students who are brand new to the pedal harp, explains basics about the pedals and moving them, going over the fundamentals step by step.

More on Changing Pedals

A continuation of Introduction to Pedals, this video covers more complex pedal situations and movements, working through a variety of scenarios.

Page Turns

Turning pages is not an actual technical skill in playing the harp, but having a good plan for doing so makes everything go more smoothly. This video shows how to arrange pages for optimal turning in a variety of situations.

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