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How to play harmonics on the harp – and make them reliable! – Coffee Break Harp 21

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Like every new skill, harmonics may take some time and patience to learn. And like with many other things – the more relaxed you are, the better the results!

So be kind to yourself when practising. Try working with small portions of a piece (check out the exercise in the free PDF!), take a break, then come back. I promise you will get there!

Resources mentioned in this episode

How do the pedals on a harp work? – Coffee Break Harp 18

The music

The piece that I am playing is Passacaille by G.F. Händel, arranged for the harp by Christopher Powell. You can purchase the sheet music for this piece here.

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Time stamps for this episode

0:29 How harmonics work?
2:52 When to play a harmonic?
4:28 Right hand
5:48 LH: base of the thumb
6:49 LH: side of the palm
8:30 Double harmonics
9:18 Finding harmonics
9:57 Levers/pedals
11:28 Marking harmonics
12:20 “Passacaille” excerpt
13:12 Practice strategy

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