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  • Judiann Maddigan

    2 March, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    You’ve got a lovely pedal harp, so that must help with your classical pieces. The accidentals have been my problem, trying to play classical music on a lever harp.

    Reading music has always been my greatest weakness. I’ve let it hold me back from so much harping!

    Have you tried playing by shapes? One method is Magic Hands by Carol Kapus, https://youtu.be/frOTGefjug4 . That was an eye-opener for me. I label the shapes for the brackets on my sheet music. For example, I’ll see a “Mitten” shape, and I’ll only read the starting C note. My fingers have learned to place those other notes for the C D E G shape simultaneously without having to read the additional 3 notes. Reading by relationships is so much faster than having to read every single note. However, this method probably works better for Celtic music rather than classical.