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Thread #83918   Message #1545421
Posted By: harpmolly
18-Aug-05 - 11:02 PM
Thread Name: Harpists: 'Strumming' technique?
Subject: Harpists: 'Strumming' technique?
I'm just full of questions today, boy howdy...

I'm working on a song (see "The Wiser Maid" thread) and the melody I'm using has a very swing-y feel to it. It lends itself very well to my mountain dulcimer, except that it's Mixolydian and I'm missing a crucial fret (soooo frustrating!) I'd love to play it on the harp, but I really like the strumming rhythm of the dulcimer.

So, my question is: Do you all have any recommendations for rhythmic techniques that sort of imitate that strummed feeling? Block chords don't quite sound right, even syncopated, and arpeggios aren't quite what I'm looking for. Any suggestions?