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Teach Your Fingers to Do Your Bidding

Harpists, do you ever feel like your technique practice is getting you nowhere?

You put in the time with your exercises and etudes, but your fingers still seem to have minds of their own. They falter, fumble, and flail. You can’t seem to get them moving faster than adagio, and when you do, you can’t rely on them to do what you want. It’s exasperating.

So you go on the hunt for a better exercise book, more etudes and vow to devote more time to developing your technique.

Any of those may help you solve your problem, but only if you know what you really should be teaching your fingers. Naturally, there will be those specific situations which require specialized work, but there are three general skills that your fingers must develop. These skills will allow you to rely on your fingers to perform securely and musically. At least most of the time.

Accuracy

Accuracy shouldn’t be an elusive skill. It can, and should, be purposefully trained. Accurate fingers place...

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