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Coffee Break Harp 4 – What is the best harp for a beginner?
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Do you want to play the harp? Are you looking for an instrument? Are you feeling confused about all the instruments available out there and not sure how they are different? Do you want to know what is it that … Read More

Coffee Break Harp 2 – How to create a practice notebook?
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Did you know that writing goals down makes you much more likely to achieve them? Keeping a practice notebook – or a practice diary – has many more benefits: makes you reflect on how you want to play and in … Read More

Coffee Break Harp 1 – How high should you sit at the harp?
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It is very important that you sit in a healthy, balanced way, so that your whole body is happy when you play. It is not so much about learning the “correct” posture and rigidly keeping it, as constantly finding the … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 45 – How to create a practice routine that works?
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About today’s topic… There will be times when you will feel super-motivated to focus on harp playing and you will be ready to jump in at any time, for hours at time. This may be at the beginning of a … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 44 – How to break bad habits on the harp?
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About today’s topic… Like with many other behaviours outside harp playing, cutting out the bad habits is not enough. Saying to yourself “don’t buzz” or “don’t slide” or any other “don’ts” often result in the exact opposite happening… wouldn’t you … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 43 – How to make sure you bend your thumbs?
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In the previous episode I was talking about how to practise keeping your thumbs high when playing the harp (as well as reasons why you would like to do it). This episode is answering a question from a listener, who … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 42 – Why you need to keep thumbs high when playing the harp?
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The technique of playing the harp with thumbs pointing up and other fingers pointing down could be traced back to 19th century and the growing demand for bigger sound and arrival of instruments with higher string tension. While nowadays there … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 41 – Playing hands together
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Have you ever wondered… “Is it really possible to pay attention to both hands while they have to do two very different things at the same time?” “How will I ever put hands together if I cannot do that?” I … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 40 – Spotting patterns… before reading the notes
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Have you ever experienced that feeling… …when you spend a big chunk of a practice session on learning a few bars of music… then as it becomes more familiar, you move on to the next and let go of the … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 39 – Big chords and solutions for small hands
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Chords can sound wonderfully lush on the harp, but not everyone will be always comfortable with stretching their fingers and hands to perfectly match the composer’s vision. However, there are ways to keep your hands healthy and injury-free without compromising … Read More

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