Left Hand Master Technique

Sep 21, 2014

If your left hand slows you down when the chords show up, then this video is for you. Work through these patterns and watch the transformation in your sightreading and music learning. And it will help your improvisation too!

And you can receive your own copy of a PDF of the exercises I demonstrate here by subscribing to Harpmastery. Just click the link below!

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Maybe Your Music ISN’T Romantic

Sep 14, 2014

         Franz Liszt, 1858

When is music big-R “Romantic” and when is it only little-r “romantic?”

Much harp music sounds “romantic” in the little-r sense of the word: beautiful, lush, expressive. But in musical academia, big-R “Romantic music” is something more. And since we play so much music that is little-r and big-R...

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Clearing Up the Technique Mystique

Sep 08, 2014

What is your technique? Which method do you play? Which of those potentially conflicting factions do you belong to?

Like other musicians, we harpists certainly have many choices. There is French method and Russian method, Salzedo, Grandjany and more, plus equally specific folk harp methods. Do you even know which one you use? Or – horror of horrors – don’t you use any...

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My Favorite Music Quotes

Sep 01, 2014

It’s Labor Day here in the US, a day our nation honors the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. And how do we observe it? By taking the day off, and having one last barbecue to celebrate the end of summer vacations and our return to school and work.

Today I am celebrating Labor Day by sharing with you a dozen of my favorite quotes...

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Are You a Greyhound or a German Shepherd?

Aug 25, 2014

Are you a Greyhound or a German Shepherd, musically speaking?

Let me start with a story:

There once was a music teacher who had two students, approximately the same age and skill level. One week, she assigned each student the same new piece. The students were equally excited about learning the piece. When the students came back for their lessons the next week, however, there was a significant...

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5 Ways to Make Your (Musical) Life Easier

Aug 18, 2014

Wouldn’t we all like to make our lives easier? I certainly could use help with that myself.

For me, everything is easier when making music is enjoyable, rewarding and fun, with as little hassle or stress as possible. Unfortunately the stress and the music seem to be inseparable. Playing music provides plenty of challenges on its own, technical ones and musical ones. Then there are the...

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What’s next for you?

Aug 11, 2014

What will you do next? 

I was able to spend a day at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival recently and it was a great day of harps, harp players, workshops and concerts. It was hard to choose which workshops to attend, there were so many great choices.

It brought to mind a question that many of my students ask themselves and then ask me. They want to know what is next for them. What’s the...

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The Busy Harpist’s Checklist

Aug 04, 2014

Last week on the blog, I wrote about things that busy professional harpists have learned that every harpist could benefit from. In the spirit of “turn around is fair play,” today I offer things that those same busy harpists need to remember. Actually, we all need to remember these things, and the busier you are, the more likely you are to forget how important they are.

But this...

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7 Things You Can Learn from Gigging Harpists (even if you only play for your dog)

Jul 28, 2014

Ok. So you never want to play in public. Even playing for your dog makes you nervous. Believe it or not, that’s a dangerous state of mind.

I’m not going to try to goad you into public performance. I believe that playing for your own pleasure is a worthwhile aspiration.

But I have often heard harpists (and other musicians too) use this as an excuse for some poor habits, habits which...

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Are These 3 Things Holding You Back?

Jul 21, 2014

Are you putting the brakes on when you play or practice? Or are you frustrated with slow progress?

A quick story…

One summer when my husband, son and I were vacationing in Europe, we stopped in the Alps to take a ride on a Sommerrodelbahn, a summer version of a toboggan run. After all, what do you do in the Alps in the summer if you don’t have snow?

This particular ride was a long,...

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