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Do you need talent to play the harp? – Coffee Break Harp 16
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Are you wondering if you’ve got what it takes to play the harp… and how to tell whether you’re “talented enough”? What special skills one needs to learn to play this instrument? Do you need to be born with these, … Read More

How hard is it to play the harp? – Coffee Break Harp 15
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Is harp more difficult than other instruments (and is it possible to compare)? What is easy and what is challenging on the harp? Which harp challenges will require you to move out of your comfort zone? You’ll find the answers … Read More

Are these mistakes slowing you down when reading music on the harp? – Coffee Break Harp 13
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Do you often lose your place in the music? Need to stop playing and go again from the same place? Does it feel as if you always have to read each note on its own? Is learning a new piece … Read More

Do you need a full set of spare strings? – Coffee Break Harp 12
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I have witnessed many harp students who – having experienced their first broken string – were wondering whether they should buy a full set of spare harp strings in case some more break. Having invested what is a considerable amount … Read More

The power of rest – Coffee Break Harp 11
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In today’s video I’m talking about planning breaks from your harp practice. If you’ve been with me for a while, you may know that time off is a topic I talk about regularly because I can see most of us (including myself) … Read More

How to practise when you’re injured? – Coffee Break Harp 9 – LIVE episode
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Health and Harp Over the last few weeks we have been exploring topics around health and harp. Check them out here: How to reduce tension and pain when playing? – introduction to Alexander Technique 5 things you can do to avoid … Read More

Do you need high heels to play the harp? – Coffee Break Harp 8
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You might have heard that high heels shoes can help you to manage pedal changes better… but you are wondering if this means that you won’t be able to play the harp well when wearing flats? Or you find it … Read More

5 things you can do to avoid injury while playing the harp – Coffee Break Harp 7
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Although some people may consider the level of physical effort while playing a musical instrument as low, it may have a negative impact on our body if we aren’t paying attention. Some of the most common injuries can be the … Read More

How to reduce tension and pain while playing the harp? – Coffee Break Harp 6
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We often think that since pain seems to be the direct result of playing an instrument, there must be something we can do “better” while playing – in order to avoid it. Frequently we also assume that the part of … Read More

Why do you play worse in lessons (and what can you do)? – Coffee Break Harp 5 – LIVE episode
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Why you can play a piece from start to finish perfectly at home, only to stumble in the very first bar once you’re in a lesson with your teacher? What happened with all the hours that you put into practice? … Read More

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