My guide word for 2018: Consistency.
I suppose you could call it a New Year’s resolution, but for me it’s more a reminder of what is important to me and the imperative to keep those things not just top of mind, but top of schedule as well.
I find, and perhaps you have noticed this too, that when I can create habits around the things that are truly important to me, everything feels...
On this special day, I wanted to share my Christmas wish for you and for all harpists for happiness now and in the coming year. Feel free to share it with a harpist you know!
My best wishes for a wonderful holiday,
H Health in our hands. heads and hearts.
A All kinds of music to play, hear and share.
R Rewards of diligence and persistence in our practice.
Christmas Eve is nearly here and the music-making and merriment is in full swing. It’s likely you have been making plenty of music already this season and are looking forward to the final push to those Christmas eve church services.
If, however, you find that you aren’t looking forward to the playing but instead are only looking forward to having them over and done for another year,...
Still Still Still
Some Christmas carols are joyous and celebratory. Others reflect the peace that is also characteristic of the season. If “Silent Night” is perhaps the most well-known of those, the closest runner up would have to be the Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still,.”
The carol is a wiegenlied or cradle...
“Could you play along on these hymns too?”
It seems like a reasonable request. A well-intentioned choir director wants to take full advantage of having a harpist participating in the service. So now you find yourself with a sheaf of print-outs of the hymns with notes to “play along on verses 2, 4 and 5, whatever you feel like.”
Quite possibly you are clenching your jaw...
Gratitude is on my mind at the moment.
Here in the U.S. we just celebrated Thanksgiving, arguably the most beloved of our national holidays. In the midst of all the food, fun, family and football, even the most cynical citizens manage to find a moment or two to feel gratitude for something or someone.
I am far from being a cynical person, and I’d like to share a few of the music-related...
“She just doesn’t have the motivation.”
I remember hearing a performance many years ago by a young musician who seemed to have it all going for her: the kind of talent that makes everything seem easy and natural, and the poise to let her audience see how much she enjoyed performing.
Later though her teacher confided in me that this student was not really making progress. She...
I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy. – Marie Curie
You’re a musician; you understand the struggle to make progress.
You practice every day and try hard to improve. But you’re not certain if things are actually getting better. Perhaps the same issues crop up over and over. Or despite years of study, you don’t really have any music you...
Adult Music Student.
Perhaps this phrase conjures up an image of a nightmare recital where you, the quaking gray-haired student, stumble through a beginner piece while the 8 year olds play like virtuosi and take the pressure in their stride.
Banish that vision from your thoughts. Being an adult music student is about freedom and possibility, adventure and fulfillment. At least, it should be.
Practice time is probably the number factor in your music success.
Let me clarify – practice time spent efficiently and effectively is the number one factor in your music success.
Time is a precious commodity and trying to dedicate some of it to your practice can seem daunting. There are so many demands on our time, and practice can easily find itself falling to the bottom of our list.