Celtic Harp Tips
This new 29 page book has encouraging and helpful ideas for all levels of harp playing! after teaching and conducting workshops on celtic harp 10+ years, these are many of the same questions students have asked over time. if you are learning how to play, or have played for years, this book contains all kinds of great information of time tested techniques that work! for note readers or harpists that play by ear - this book is for you!
TIPS INCLUDE: Buying a Harp - wire or nylon style harp, large or small harps, what to look for depending on your needs or what kind of music you want to play Tuning the Harp ? how singing can help you tune, looking for the doe ra mi scale Practicing - how to get more out of your time, make the most of practice time Fingering and Placing - ideas to advance your playing by choosing good fingering patterns; the why's and how of placing Two Hand Coordination - techniques to help you put both hands together; very simple approaches to fooling your brain! Note Reading - based on teaching the worst student about reading - namely me! I figured out how to accomplish this unruly task by finding the patterns!! If I could do it anyone can! After playing by ear for years, I had to come up with an approach that would work and make sense of this task! This is it!! Memorizing - getting your mind and body to work together to recall patterns - because you already know tons of memorized phone number, passwords, codes, addresses! Imagination - stretch your playing style by plugging in playful habits; taking cues from kids! Performing - getting over the jitters; great self talk exercises; food to avoid before performing Avoiding Injury - rethinking our habits to avoid injury; an outline to fight a tendinitis reoccurance Harp Care - harps in cars, hot or cold weather, playing outside, changing strings, seeing your wire strings in the dark etc.Right hand vs Left Hand - which hand is best to use for the melody plus Strings, Levers, Resources, Great web sites and book list. My favorite inspiring quotes to get you through the learning process and more! "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary" - Vidal Sassoon "It is not our abilities that show us what we really are, it is our choices" Professor Dumbledore