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Thread #102025 Message #2064468
Posted By: GUEST,autoharping for years
30-May-07 - 07:47 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Playing the autoharp with short arms
Subject: RE: Tech: Playing the autoharp with short arms
Allyson, are you shorter than 5 feet? Surely your arms aren't shorter than mine--I'm 4' 11" & play while seated, holding the 'harp up on my left thigh just as the Carter gals did. I play a professional one made by Tom Fladmark, which has one more string than the oscar schmidt. It may be a matter of setting up the chord bars so that the chords you need are all directly under your fingers. You might try the Brian Bowers setup Have you visited in person with another Autoharp player? They may have suggestions for you, for example be sure that you hold the instrument straight up so that you aren't leaning one way or another. You might even try putting all the major chord bars on the row closest to your hands.