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2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: 6
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2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 11:30am Where: 3

2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 11:30am Where: 3
Learn to Do It Yourself. This mini-workshop focuses on properly using your tuner and tuning your harp. Essential! Is there a difference between tuning with levers up or levers down? What about the difference between tuning loud or soft. Then what do you do when your lever buzzes when engaged? You gotta know this stuff.
2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: 8
Much of the music business has become "Do-it-yourself" and artists today must navigate the things that agents and managers and record labels used to do. This workshop is a discussion of many aspects of the current music business landscape. Step through getting gigs, promoting your music, creating visuals, writing a press release, creating websites, blogging and navigating the social networks. Learn what it takes to share your music in unique venues you might have never thought of. Real world advice and open forum on how you can think outside the box and maximize your opportunities. You will come away with many new ideas on how to get involved in your community and expand your musical horizons.
2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: 2
Have you ever heard someone's arrangement or seen an arrangement of a piece that you loved and longed to play but knew it was beyond your playing level? Welcome to the club! Take Carol's workshop and find out how to re-arrange music to suit your own playing level and style. What do you keep? Learn how to give someone else's arrangement a makeover. Participants are encouraged to bring an arrangement that's been sitting on their growing "to do" pile. Learn the makeover tricks as you and Carol work through thorny passages and challenging chord accompaniments.
2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Int When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: 7
For those with intermediate double-strung harp skills, this workshop will focus on maximizing the potential of the instrument. You'll be given an opportunity to play a piece and get advice on how to make it even better! Laurie was an author of the first two books on double-strung harp, so tap into her expertise and gain solid useful ideas and pragmatic tips for enhancing your playing.
2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: 11
Improvisation is an important technique that not need only be associated with jazz but with whatever musical situation you find yourself in. By explaining basic jazz harmony and how to voice it tastefully on the harp, Maeve will help players ease into the world of improvisation. She'll use a standard jazz tune as a base for improvising over chords and form. Get some of the basic blues patterns and groove.
2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: Salon 2
Good fingering can make the music fit like a glove! Whether you are using written music or playing by ear, how to get musical phrases to sit under your fingers just right is a real art. Are there rules for fingering? When do you follow those rules and when should you break them? Find out how to turn on your harp radar to navigate from one part of the harp to another. If you have small hands, this workshop will be very helpful to you. Bring your fingering questions and get answers to these and more!
Gear Up!: Deborah Henson-Conant
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: Salon 2
Amplification isn’t just about playing loud – knowing about sound equipment can help you reach an audience with more intimacy, add effects, or record more effectively. Did you like looking in your mother’s purse when you were a kid? DHC lets you look inside her gear case, and see all the sound toys and wires and adapters she actually uses – and then shows you how they fit together. Whether or not you’re a professional player, there are many times when you'll need sound reinforcement. Maybe you just want to experiment with neat effects. Don't be intimidated by all the wires! Find out what it's like working with this equipment and even get your hands on DHC's harp and see what it like. This is a companion workshop to David Eisner's Sound Decision,immediately following this workhop and in the same place! Get immersed in it all.
Getting in the Mode Cynthia Cathcart
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: 3
What is a mode anyway? How is it different from a scale? How do they work? What makes each mode unique? In this workshop, Cynthia will take you on a listening and playing journey to explore the old Ionian, Dorian, Phyrgian, Lydian, Mixolydian and Aeolian modes of early and traditional music to hear how you can use them in your playing today. No Levers Required! In fact, if you have them it's best that you pretend they've gone missing.
Gregorian Chant to Serenade Your Soul: Rhett Barnwell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: 9
Discover the joys of playing and using Gregorian chants to create an ambience of meditative and healing music for you to calm and relax yourself and others. There are a number of these ancient melodies that imbue a peaceful, easy feeling to the player as well as the listener. Time-permitting, Rhett will use chants from other traditions to help you create healing and contemplative music.
Gregorian Modes & Psalm Tones: Melinda Gardiner
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: 1
Gregorian modes are still used today for singing the psalms in monasteries and churches. The psalms express every human emotion and the mode and chordal setting is chosen to fully express the text. We will experience these modes by working with psalm tones to get a practical understanding of how these modes may be used to express a mood in improvisation, to meet the needs of a patient as a therapeutic musician, or to express a song-lyric you have written. Melinda will also use a song of St. Hildegard of Bingen and a few traditional songs to demonstrate how the modes are used to perfectly express the text.
Harp Ensemble for Everybody: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Adv. When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm Where: 11
A fun afternoon musical meet & greet of playing harps together for players of all levels. We will cover the basic elements of ensemble playing, such as following a conductor, listening to others, and working together as a group. Then we will throw away the rules and have fun making music together!
Harp Regulation & Maintenance: Liza Jensen
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: 3
The mysteries of harp regulation will be completely resolved in this one workshop with our expert harp technician! Liza will answer your questions about what it means to have your harp regulated and all its associated concerns such as what happens to your harp as it ages and why the harp shifts. See what that looks like. Bring your harp to this workshop and see it for yourself. How old is too old for your strings to be on your harp? What are the top 5 reasons your harp will buzz? There are all sorts of things to be learned about your harp--no matter how long you've been playing you'll learn all kinds of useful info in this workshop.
Harp Tasting: Large: Activity
Type: Demo Level: Any When: Sat. 12pm Where: Salon 2
A blind testing that allows the audience to hear and compare the sounds of several harps without knowing their brand. The listeners sit with their backs to the stage, where the same piece is played on each harp by 2 diffferent players. Audience members are given evaluation sheets which they can use strictly for their own purposes. There are "no winners" at a harp tasting since every musician has different criteria by which they judge and everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Large harps are more than 29 strings.
Harp Tasting: Small: Activity
Type: Demo Level: When: Fri. 12pm Where: Salon 2
A blind testing that allows the audience to hear and compare the sounds of several harps without knowing their brand. The listeners sit with their backs to the stage, where the same piece is played on each harp by 2 diffferent players. Audience members are given evaluation sheets which they can use strictly for their own purposes. There are "no winners" at a harp tasting since every musician has different criteria by which they judge and everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Small harps are 29 strings and less.
Harpers' Escape at Somerset (advanced level) : Grainne Hambly
Type: Hands-on Level: Adv. When: Sun. 1-10pm Where: 11
It's the Harper's Escape at Somerset! Everybody learns the same "group" tune and adds accompaniment suited to their level. Then each group will learn additional tunes, learned by ear, and get left-hand tips and tricks for the accompaniment. A group session will finish the day after dinner with all the levels playing together. People who are signed up for this will get access to download audio files to listen to in advance (as is the way for the Harpers' Escape). Grainne will be leading the advanced-level group. See this page for itinerary, costs and sign-up details.
Harpers' Escape at Somerset (beginner level) : Debbie Brewin-Wilson
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Sun. 1-10pm Where: 1
It's the Harper's Escape at Somerset! In the first session, everybody learns the same "group" tune and adds accompaniment suited to their level. Then each group will learn additional tunes, learned by ear, and get left-hand tips and tricks for the accompaniment in the second session. A group session will finish the day after dinner with all the levels playing together. People who are signed up for this will get access to download audio files to listen to in advance (as is the way for the Harpers' Escape). Debbie will be leading the beginner-level group. See this page for itinerary, costs and sign-up details.
Harpers' Escape (intermediate) 1: William Jackson
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sun. 1-10pm Where: 3
It's the Harper's Escape at Somerset! Everybody learns the same "group" tune and adds accompaniment suited to their level. Then each group will learn additional tunes, learned by ear, and get left-hand tips and tricks for the accompaniment. A group session will finish the day after dinner with all the levels playing together. People who are signed up for this will get access to download audio files to listen to in advance (as is the way for the Harpers' Escape). William will be leading the intermediate group. See this page for itinerary, costs and sign-up details.

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