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  • Posted by Jennifer born on 19 June, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    While playing, I feel my hands look โ€œcrunchyโ€, like they are not free and open like when I watch CL or Anne play… is it just me or does it get better?

    Thanks for any suggestions! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Victoria Johnson replied 11 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Victoria Johnson

    21 June, 2021 at 4:19 am

    Hi @jennifer.born ! Hand positions do improve over time if you are paying conscious effort in making them better! Although my daughter was the first one in my household to learn the harp, I decided to take two lessons with her teacher to get a solid start on my hand position so I could help my daughter. In retrospect I definitely think it was a good decision to take those two lessons! Many teachers such as Josh Layne offer one-off coaching sessions (as supposed to lessons which require some level or regular commitment). I recommend signing yourself up for one of those sessions if you were able to. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jennifer born

      21 June, 2021 at 5:30 am

      Thank you Victoria ๐Ÿ˜Š I have been trying to get a video lesson with Anne – I will email her again. I agree a good foundation is what I need. I thought I was doing that…until I recorded a video of myself playing – eek! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Since itโ€™s only been 3 months for me with my first harp, I will give myself a break – just this once ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks again! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Victoria Johnson

        21 June, 2021 at 11:33 pm

        It’s great that you are paying attention to your hand position early on in your harp journey! Aside from recording myself playing, I also like to watch videos of other harpists and ask myself what I think of their hand positions and why they used their hands the way they did. It helps me pay attention at my hand positions in ways that I wouldn’t otherwise. Good luck with booking a session with Anne! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘