- reviving Salzedo’s Ballade and focusing on stabilizing my hands! One of my biggest technical challenges in the past year has been being able to play with stability at the harp. We all tend to experience some instability with nerves, but I was overall under-performing, even in practice, and constantly falling off the strings. I’ve focused on this a lot in the past few months, working on technical aspects of my playing to increase strength in my fingers and joints, so that I can have more control while playing. Primarily, my thumbs have proven to be weaker than the rest of my fingers, with significantly less independence, so I’ve worked on strengthening my thumbs to avoid pulling up or down while playing (otherwise, more motion = less stability). In bringing back music I’ve performed or studied before, I’ve been really focusing on adjusting my hands from old, less efficient playing habits, to more stable and solid hand positions. Lots of work to continue doing with this, but watching back videos of myself practice is definitely so beneficial and rewarding to see what needs to be corrected and how things have improved.