Yamashita: Harp-like tone and velocity

There are passages in Yamashita's "Firebird Suite" transcription and elsewhere that uncannily recall a fast scale passage on the harp. In these passages he plays:

  • with a smooth release of the string, so as not to excite the higher harmonic content
  • with the right hand way up over the fingerboard
  • very fast and fluidly
All in all this gives a great simulation of a harp!

Note that the setup of an orchestral harp enables extremely fast scale passages to be played with one finger, and they are often called on to provide this kind of texture in orchestral works.

Kazuhito Yamashita demonstrating Harp-like tone and velocity