“Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
The ripple effect is generally understood to mean the expanding impact of a single action, for instance the increase in good feeling from a single good deed.
In harp playing, we seek a different, but no less impactful, type of ripple effect: the rippling effect of well-played and musical arpeggios. Arpeggios rank second only to glissandos as the most characteristic of harp sounds. They can bring out the warm, liquid tones of the harp, or sound heroic and virtuosic, as the music requires.
Clearly then, we harpists want to be sure our arpeggios have that magical ripple that comes from confident and secure playing. Let’s consider the three qualities of beautiful arpeggios and the seven keys to creating them in your arpeggios.
The Three Qualities
Probably the most obvious difference between a beautifully played arpeggio and...