Hey there, any help from the local harpist population would be SO appreciated! Viva Strings seemed to be the logical place to post this, though mods please move if necessary!
I bought the music for grade 1 harp a while back and then... got completely distracted! I have suddenly realied that, unless they don't change the pieces on the syllabus, this means I need to take the exam by next spring unless I want to go out and buy a whole bunch more music! Whoops...
I have a couple of problems though, and no teacher!
1) my harp is very ringy, it resonates for a long time - would I get penalised in scales for that if I don't stop the strings? how about in pieces? anyone know? (it's a blade harp/clarsach by the way, not a pedal harp)
2) two of my tuning pins have somehow got slightly misplaced or something, so when I sharp those strings (which I have to do for at least one of my pieces for one, and all three for the other I think) the tone is not as nice/clear. Do you think I'd get heavily penalised for that at grade 1? The guy who made it lives wel over a hundred miles away and I have no independent transport, so I really don't want to have to take it down to him. Any ideas what may be causing this would be helpful too! I need to email the maker and see if he has any thoughts...
3) what's the usual fingering for scales? and arpeggios too actually, though I'm guessing that for one octave scales 4-3-2-1 would probably be OK...?
4) um, any other hints??!
edit: 5) how fast should I aim to take scales and arpeggios?