Difficulty level & skills required
All levels: The workshop is suited to harp players of all levels.
Type of harp
All harps are welcome, but they’re not needed for this workshop.
No levers/pedals required.
- The Zoom replay which is available a day after the workshop – and it’s yours to keep.
- All non-copyrighted resources will be available for download.
Playing Harp Without Pain Workshop
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Back and neck pain, blisters on fingertips, inflammation, and tension in wrists and fingers are common issues experienced while playing the harp.
Thankfully there are ways to alleviate and even prevent pain while playing the harp, and we’ll explore how to do so in the workshop!
If you struggle with niggles and discomfort, or you experience pain while playing the harp, you’re definitely not alone.
The harp is a physically demanding instrument to play, and there are various reasons why you may experience pain while playing at some point in your harp journey.
In this workshop, Carrie will share what she’s learned from her experience working through various playing-related injuries (such as back pain and tendonitis) with the help of physical therapists and other harpists. She’ll give you practical tips to help you play with ease and teach you how to play pain-free!
Topics covered in this workshop include:
- What to do if you have pre-existing conditions that make it painful to play
- Preventing back and shoulder pain by finding the right posture and alignment at the harp
- The importance of stretching and taking breaks (including a stretching routine you can implement in your own practice time!)
- How to protect and treat your fingers from blisters
- What to do if you feel pain as you play
- Managing over-playing injuries
Note: The workshop will not address pre-existing non-harp-related conditions, but the tips given in the workshop may assist with managing these conditions as you play.
The replay is available a day after the event, so you can watch and learn at your own pace – as many times and whenever you wish.
Disclaimer: Carrie is not a medical professional and will not diagnose or provide medical advice. The workshop content is based on her experience as a harpist and her work with qualified physicians who’ve helped her manage and alleviate playing-related injuries.