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Thread #102025   Message #2064489
Posted By: wysiwyg
30-May-07 - 08:08 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Playing the autoharp with short arms
Subject: RE: Tech: Playing the autoharp with short arms
Just so it can be said, I'll say it:

My arms are short AND my chest is big, as is the rest of me. When I started playing tabletop, I had really bad bursitis and fibromylagia, and could not take on the carpal tunnel problems that would ALSO have been involved. And I knew what was best, for me.

It's great that people want to encourage this lady to try playing the way modern, well-known harpers play-- I call it the "burp the baby" position-- but I think it's also important to respect that if she says she can't reach, maybe she can't reach. It's a versatile instrument, and she will find her own way to playing it.