I've had two years of playing a guitar (finger-style) using PIMA right-handed. But, when I play with my palms facing towards me, it's natural for me to walk down the strings away from the harp. If I wanted to play chords going up, would I have to turn my palms outward? Or, somehow make my fingers work backwards? If so, that would feel really unnatural.

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    I'd advise changing the title and ditching most, if not all, of your first paragraph: asking for equipment or resources such as audio sources are off-topic here. – Dekkadeci May 18 '19 at 6:15
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    I just went ahead and updated it. – HeavenlyHarmony May 18 '19 at 9:03

Yes, you have to make your fingers work backwards from what you're used to on the guitar. While playing the harp is possible with the palms facing outward, it's extremely awkward and the fingers are limited in their motion. I'm not aware of anyone who does it, although I wouldn't be surprised if Harpo Marx tried it out. It's similar to playing the piano with your palms up, but harder.

Another possibility, if you are set on playing the notes upwards from thumb to fourth or little finger, is to turn the harp around front to back. But the way most harps are built makes it awkward to hold them (or stand up to big ones) this way, so it is probably also not worth learning for you, unless you have special reasons for doing so (it's sometimes advantageous for double harps).

I'm afraid, if you want to learn harp, you will simply have to learn the different setup of strings from a guitar. Good luck.

  • Playing the piano with your palms facing up? You mean pressing the keys with the backs of your knuckles? That’s a part of this answer I don’t get (never played harp though so that is probably a factor). – Todd Wilcox May 18 '19 at 12:20
  • @ToddWilcox Yes, that's what I mean. On the harp, of course, you can't use your knuckles to pluck the strings effectively, so the palms- away from the strings position is even more awkward than the palms- away from the keys position is on a piano. – Scott Wallace May 18 '19 at 13:29

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