Hand Technique

It is important to play properly, with good technique.

Watch the video below and follow along with the checkpoints listed below, or download them HERE.

  • Keep your arms somewhat parallel to the floor. No higher than parallel, and not resting on the soundboard

  • Keep wrists bent slightly inwards. Do not bend your wrists out.

  • Do not rest your forearms on the soundboard. The nerves and tendons in the forearm and wrist are some of the most sensitive in the body. Pressing these against the soundboard for a prolonged period of time can lead to damage.

  • Keep knuckles rounded, curved. Do not flatten your knuckles. Round, curved knuckles offers better strength and stability in the playing, with a nice, articulated sound.

  • Keep your thumb high, so there is a space between the thumb and the second finger

  • Consider the pinky a shadow, or extension of the fourth finger. Do not close the pinky if the fourth finger is placed on a string. Keep the pinky next to the fourth, and close it in to the palm when the fourth plays.

  • Close your fingers all the way into the palm. Aim for your fingers to close towards the muscle of the thumb. Do not close half-way. As you close, relax the hand and arm before you pluck the next note.

  • Relax your hand after each pluck. Do not hold onto the tension in your hand or forearm.

  • Relax fingers which are not on the strings. Do not hold them into the palm with tension until you have plucked a string.

  • Play with your fingertip on the string. Do not “hook” your fingers around the string. As you set your fingers on the strings, play on the tips of the finger pads.

  • As you play in the higher register, raise your right elbow as you go up the harp. Do not lower your right elbow as you play in the higher register. Left arm may lower as it plays in the higher register.

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