You may be suffering from finger “lock-up” and not even realize it.
Finger lock-up isn’t necessarily a physical freeze. It usually manifests itself in the third or fourth finger and it might be troubling you if you’re having trouble with uneven scales or arpeggios. Consider these common symptoms.
You may have finger lock-up if you notice that a finger:
No harpist ever had floppier fingers than I did.
I had been playing the harp for eight years, and still my fingers were all over the place. Every knuckle bent the wrong way. My double-jointed thumbs slid off the strings. I didn’t know how to fix them, but it was clear to me that unless I straightened my fingers out, my dreams of being a harpist were going to stay merely dreams....
Is your fourth finger a good team player?
If you're like most of us harpists, your fourth finger might sometimes feel more like a liability than an asset. It can be weak when you're trying to play an even scale, or it might be too strong when you're trying to balance a chord.
We also tend to undervalue the functions our fourth fingers fulfill. Although they may behave like bad boys, they...