I’m currently working on the exercise Hopscotch on page 33 from the method book “Play the Harp Beautifully! Level 1”. In this, some dynamics are mentioned, but I can’t hear them on the DVD. Did she play any?
How is this piece meant to be played? E.g. Piano for measure 1 and 2, then crescendo starting from measure 3 up to the end of measure 4?
You are absolutely correct with your dynamics. Then the second line, ie. measure 5, is loud and diminishes (diminuendo) through the last two measures.
I haven’t heard the dvd but I find I really need to exaggerate the dynamics on my harp for them to come across. Also, being able to play softly with good tone is quite a skill. You still need to squeeze the string and then release without a loud pluck! (Does that sound right, fellow harpers?)
Music has so much more feeling and interest with dynamics, so good on you for trying to get it right, from the start. What other ‘general dynamic’ rules were you thinking of? Of course, usually you want to play exactly as the composer intended, but on occasion you may decide to experiment to give the music your own touch.