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#16 erard

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 18:39

These are the things I use, but I don't think I have ever used them out of an orchestral setting - and don't always want that sound in an orchestra either.  They are great when when you want to cut through a loud orchestral tutti as they give a brighter tone, as well as saving the fingers.

 

Holywell sell them. http://www.harp.com/...ow/id_19395169/


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 22:15

Thanks for the link Erard, I'll definitely invest in some felt picks.

I have practiced every day, including the piece with multiple glissandi - I played them very softly to save my finger. I was considering changing the piece but I do love it do much. I'm sure I could manage to use the pick because the glissandi are in groups of three separated by a single chord of two measures. It may be possible to hold the pick with the little finger whilst playing the chord with 1st & 3rd fingers or attach the pick to the harp somehow. I have a lesson soon, that needs to be discussed. I wonder if a pck would be acceptable under examination conditions?
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Posted 20 May 2015 - 16:33

Finally, I have earned some calloused fingers 1, 2 and 3 both hands.

I believe there has been research into the very individual sound each harpist produces depending on the position and amount of callous to their fingers. It makes sense. If anyone knows about this research I would love to know more about it. In the meantime, I'm nurturing my calloused fingers with pride.
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