Magazine article American Harp Journal

Playing Strings and Moving Pedals: From: Pedal Pamphlet

Magazine article American Harp Journal

Playing Strings and Moving Pedals: From: Pedal Pamphlet

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PLAYING STRINGS AND MOVING PEDALS

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Place fingers on these strings

Move F[flat] to F[natural] to F#

F# to F[natural] to F[flat]

Play the notes (either octaves or single notes) and move the pedal once, then play the notes and move the pedal again. Keep the harp steady on your knees. Don't hold onto the harp with your arms.

Do this with all the other pedals playing the corresponding notes as octaves or single notes. Listen to the changing pitches. Try to move the pedals quietly. You should hear only the changing of the pitches. Keep the heels of your shoes on the floor.

You can do a variation of this exercise rhythmically by counting, placing, and playing like this:

1     2     3      4      1     2    3      4
play      place  pedal   play      place   pedal

With this variation, you place your fingers on the strings before you move the pedal.

While you are playing and counting the exercise above, notice that the sound of the changing pedal is quieter if you place your finger on the string before you change the pedal of that letter name. …

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