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) still feel quite uncomfortable about allowing ourselves to rest.

If learning to play the harp is something you do in your spare time, you may even think that the whole idea is a bit weird – how can you take a break from taking a break? And I am here to tell you that you deserve a time off from the harp too : not only when you go on holiday, but also during and in between your practice sessions.

Those breaks are vital not only to keep your body healthy, but also for your mind to stay curious and focused when you play. (By the way, I wonder if you’ve ever experienced a sudden boost of energy in your playing when you realised that you only have a few more minutes to practise?)

In today’s video you’ll find out:

  • how frequent and how long should be your breaks during a practice session
  • when and why a day off can help, and what to do to ensure it does (hint: plan it)
  • why it is important to make a decision about a vacation away from the harp
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Coffee Break Harp: series of free tutorials for beginner and intermediate harpists