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Workshops: D-H

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DIY harp maintenance 1: Knot Tying: Liza Jensen
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 11:30am-12:15pm Where: TBD
Learn to Do It Yourself. You are, inevitably, going to break a string. You should know how to change it. Take this workshop and get a lesson in knot-tying and replacing strings. If you're a beginner or have never changed your own string, you must take this workshop!
DIY harp maintenance 2: Tuning: Liza Jensen
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 11:30am-12:15pm Where: TBD
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.
Double-strung In Depth: Repertoire and Arranging: Karen Peterson
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Does having a double-strung harp mean you have to buy all new music? Karen answers that question in this workshop which shows you how to adapt your current repertoire to this unique instrument and how you can start to add new repertoire and arrange it to highlight the distinctiveness of the double-strung. No prior arranging experience needed. Sight-reading not required.
Double-strung Strong Points: The Basics: Karen Peterson
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
When you're just starting out on the double-strung harp, it's hard to get beyond the obvious: “What else can you do besides repeated notes?" In this workshop, Karen will help you take full advantage of having two sets of strings and levers. Learn how to move beyond the fear of double vision and maximize the strengths of the double-strung. Sight-reading not required.
Early Sacred Music: Sam Milligan
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 10:45am Where: TBD
This workshop is part of The Heavenly Harp Sunday Special.
As a noted historical harp expert Sam Milligan will regale you with charming Medieval music that embraces both the Christian and the Sephardic traditions of Spain. If you don’t have levers on your harp, there’s no lack of wonderful music you can play and Sam will prove it to you and inspire you to expand your repertoire to this genre.
Electric Harp & You: Nikolaz Cadoret
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
More and more harpers are going electric. You want to play it, but don’t really know how it works. You are fascinated, but afraid of all those cables. You think you hate it, but why not give it a try? Explore the electric world! Nikolaz will talk about basic principles of the electric harp as well as demonstrate his own setups. You'll get tips and tricks that show you how the wide range of sound aesthetics you can achieve. You'll get a chance to put hands-on an electric harp (or bring yours to this workshop). This workshop is followed by David Eisner's "Sound Decisions on Amps & Sound Gear".
Elements of Jazz & Improvisation I: Maeve Gilchrist
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
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.
Expand Your Playing Field: Jocelyn Obermeyer
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
With the changing face of healthcare, explore ways to use trends and statistics to collaborate within the healthcare community to expand your therapeutic harp playing field. Join Jocelyn, program director for Therapeutic Harp Foundation, to brainstorm new ways to increase the volume and voice of your business. This is an interactive, collaborative session to learn how to reach out and develop new partners and resources.
Fast Fingers: Maeve Gilchrist
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
This is a workshop for the slightly more advanced player who is interested on working on their dexterity, style and comfort in more up tempo traditional dance music. Maeve will focus on a jig and a reel and work on fingering, ornamentation and arrangement ideas that get the most out of your harp while still keeping up with those darn fiddlers!
Fingering Tips & Tricks: Maire niChathasaigh
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
If you've heard Maire's playing you know that dexterity and rhythm are interconnected. Learn from a master player. Máire will show you some powerful exercises and give you some tips and tricks that will put you on the right path to building liveliness, speed and joyful rhythm in your playing.
Friday Night Concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: Any When: Fri. 7:30-9:30pm Where: TBD
Nancy Hurrell, Rhett Barnwell, Rachel Hair, Maeve Gilchrist
Frustration Free Practice: Anne Sullivan
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: TBD
If you find that you're always "working" on the same pieces and not making any progress, take this workshop. Learn the tricks to practicing for progress so you can actually play your music instead of just working on it. Discover the First to Last System to make your music flow. During this workshop, you'll put these techniques into your practice right away. Sight-reading not required.
Getting Past Your Mistakes: Sunita Staneslow
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
We all make mistakes. The trick is in covering them up and continuing to play when you're performing. There are also many ways that you can learn to avoid mistakes in the first place. We will work on tricks that help us past any mishaps and also discuss the physical and mental pitfalls.
Go for Baroque: Rhett Barnwell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Great composers wrote a large amount of music during this glorious period for every instrument except the harp. Find out why and find the relatively small body of music that actually was written for the harp during this time. More importantly, you'll discover the wealth of transcriptions for lever and pedal harp that now make it possible to perform all the Baroque music you could ever want. Performance practice, trills, and other fun things will be discussed as we seek to bring this beautiful music alive on modern lever and pedal harps.
Gregorian Chant on Harp: Rhett Barnwell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Find out why there is a surge of interest in Gregorian chant and why many people are rediscovering this most ancient form of sung prayer. We will look at the origins of Gregorian chant and see its fundamental role in the shaping of Western sacred music. These simple and beautifully profound melodies lend themselves well to being played on the harp, and this workshop will explore how to do this as well as examining existing arrangements.
Harp Ensemble for Everybody: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm Where: TBD
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!!!
Harpist, Heal Thyself!: Edie Elkan
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Overcome your fear of playing, of making mistakes, of self judgement, and all other obstacles that stand in the way of your making the music you were born to make. Edie will teach you meditation techniques combined with your harp to heal yourself. Edie's own self-healing with the harp came after a string of personal tragedies. Open to non-harping companions.
Harp Regulation & Maintenance: Liza Jensen
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
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: Event
Type: Demo Level: Any When: Sat. 12-1pm Where: TBD
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: Event
Type: Demo Level: Any When: Fri. 12-1pm Where: TBD
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 (intermediate): William Jackson
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sun. 9am-9pm Where: TBD
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.
Harpers' Escape at Somerset (advanced): Grainne Hambly
Type: Hands-on Level: Adv. When: Sun.9am-9pm Where: TBD
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.
Harpers' Escape at Somerset (beginner group): Debbie Brewin-Wilson
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Sun. 9am-9pm Where: TBD
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.
The Heavenly Harp Sunday Special: Rhett Barnwell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 9am-9pm Where: TBD
Join Rhett, Joanna Mell, Sam Milligan, Robbin Gordon-Cartier and Sunita Staneslow for this special all-day Sunday add-on to the festival which highlights sacred and spiritual music for the harp across many genres of music. See the topics on the itinerary page, along with the registration details.
Healthy Harping Hands: Janet Witman
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Focus on developing balanced hands, no matter how awkward the musical passage may be! Janet will have you doing rolled chords, even arpeggios, graceful scales, left-hand accompaniment patterns and ringing harmonics as part of your warm ups, etudes and solo arrangements . Janet will assist in addressing hand technique issues of participants. Good reading skills needed for this workshop. Music stand will be helpful.

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Updated 2/12/18
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