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Three German Carols

Oct 08, 2014

Three German Carols arranged for harp by Anne Sullivan

Designed with a harpist’s busy December in mind! The carols are short (and NO lever or pedal changes!) but they can easily be played as a set if you need something longer.

These carols are ideal for students. My students are often so busy that it is hard to think of adding holiday music to their practice load. But these carols make it...

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Harp Mastery Insider Test

Oct 08, 2014

Harp Mastery Insider Test

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Carol Bundle

Oct 08, 2014

Want the English AND the German Carol sets? Purchase the bundle for only $15 – that’s almost a 25% savings! Why not???

$15.00 – Purchase

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Oct 06, 2014

Away in a Manger

Two Famous Tunes

Arranged for lever or pedal harp by Anne Sullivan

Like many Christmas carols, the text to “Away in a Manger” has been set to music by multiple composers. These two famous tunes are often identified as “the English one” and “the German one,” but interestingly both were written by American composers.

William Kirkpatrick, a...

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Are You “Built” for Your Instrument?

Sep 29, 2014

Here’s a challenge Sherlock Holmes would enjoy:

Take the members of a professional orchestra. Put them in civilian clothes, no tails or black gowns. Line them up. Now try to guess which instrument each plays. There are the telltale calluses, marks, fingernails, etc., that you could use to identify the masters of particular instruments. But aside from those features, the stereotypical...

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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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