How to deal with your INNER CRITIC at the harp? [ep 61]

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Does this little voice disturb you when you try to play the harp?

Whether you’re a professional or amateur, you likely get to hear this voice every now and then, even if you’re not always aware of the exact words.

The intention is not always bad, as often the voice wants to protect us from imagined or real dangers, such as embarrassment in front of someone important to us. And sometimes this can be helpful.

But when the voice makes you feel bad about your playing and perhaps even tells you that the whole thing is not worth the effort and you’d better stop playing altogether… then we have a problem!

You may not be able to silence it… but you can make it more manageable

Like most of us, I also have my own inner voice who has their own (rather strong!) opinions about everything I do, both at the harp and away.

And while I do realise we can’t really silence that voice, in today’s video I’d like to share with you about some of the things I do to keep this little inner critic manageable.

I’ve got 9 tips to share with you today and of course you don’t have to use every single one of them, but I hope that some of these things will resonate with you, perhaps even inspire you and all in all, make your journey with the harp happier.


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Resources mentioned in this episode

✦ Book by Jon Kabat-Zinn: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life

Headspace meditation app – lots of good guidance in the free version too.


Body movement

✦ Park Run

✦ How to reduce tension when playing the harp – about Alexander Technique 


Social media

✦ Feed eradicator – extension for Google Chrome 


Talking to a (harp) friend

✦ About harp buddies

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