Who’s afraid of ledger lines? [ep 57]
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How do you feel about reading notes above (or below) the stave? Even harpists who are fairly confident in reading music may feel intimidated when they have to do this. A student recently told me… When I see these extra … Read More

How your fingers learn to match the notes to the harp strings? [ep 56]
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If you’re learning to read music on the harp, you may be wondering… Does practice and exercises eventually get me to the point where the fingers recognise the notes on their own? You may have tried a lot of different … Read More

How to get better at memorising music on the harp? [ep 44]
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Do you find memorising music easy when you’re not trying to… and then almost impossible when you’re attempting to do it consciously? If you answered “yes”, this episode is for you! In this episode you will learn… why you’re more … Read More

Do you know your emergency exits? [ep 42]
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What happens when you make a mistake? Do you go back a bar, start from the beginning of a line… or do you go all the way back to the beginning of a piece? Everybody makes mistakes Playing the harp … Read More

Memorising so fast you don’t get to practise reading music on the harp? [ep 34]
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Are you worried that because you memorise new pieces quickly you don’t get to practise reading notes on the harp? Or maybe reading music takes so much time that you stop looking at the score and start playing from memory? … 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

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 38 – Fingerings for intervals
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About today’s topic I have received a request for some advice on fingerings and I thought that we could start this topic from talking about fingerings for various intervals. Intervals are one of the key ingredients in music, and knowing … Read More

Live Harp Lesson 37 – “Mountain Stream” practice strategies
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Today’s piece “Mountain Stream” by Skaila Kanga can be found on ABRSM grade 2 syllabus. While looking into practice strategies for this piece we will talk a lot about patterns, so make sure you check out my previous lesson on … Read More

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