Imagine you’re sitting at your harp joyously playing song after song, never turning a page and playing each one for 3 or 4 minutes! On your music stand is a binder full of pages, each page is one song--and each song is a one-line melody with chords written above it. But YOU are playing a full 2-handed arrangement--and you’re creating all that extra music yourself. This is what it means to arrange from a lead sheet and anyone has the technical ability to do it as soon they have basic facility on their instrument. BUT you need to know the PROCESS for doing it AND the PRACTICE of applying that process. That’s exactly what you'll be doing in Lead Sheet Boot Camp.
The first thing to know is that turning a lead sheet into a full arrangement has two parts to it:
1. Enriching the melody by adding accompaniment and bass (this is where knowing what to do with the chords above the melody come in)
2. Expanding that fleshed-out-melody into a multi-part arrangement that can be as long or short as you want (here’s where you get to be really creative)
You’ll learn to do both these things in the first session of Lead Sheet Boot Camp. And that’s just the beginning. Here’s why we call this a Boot Camp: knowing how to do it and actually doing it are two different things. It’s kinda like losing weight. Knowing how to do it doesn’t make the difference. Actually applying what you know over and over, especially when you can do it in a supportive environment with other people, is what makes things really happen. And that’s how you and DHC will be doing it in Lead Sheet Boot Camp.
DHC discovered the secret of teaching this way with her “Hip Harp Academy” students last holiday season. She took a list of holiday tunes and played the students through this process with each one. The students said they loved this way of learning because they could actually see how to use the process with any tune by practicing it over and over with the tunes she gave them.
In this all-day workshop at Somerset, in addition to learning the Enrich-and-Expand process, you’ll get tips like these:
But the most important thing about this workshop is that you’ll go through the process over and over until it becomes second-nature, because that’s what’s going to liberate you from the notes on the page and empower you to truly create enriched and expanded music -- from simple lead sheets.
In the workshop, you’ll get a handout with 25 simple tunes that people know and love. First you’ll learn the simplest way to enrich the melody and expand it into an arrangement. Then the fun really starts. Advanced beginners get to keep playing and solidifying that simple version, as more advanced players learn the embellishments and additions. And once we’ve gone through the process with that tune, we’ll go through it with the next, until the process becomes second nature. Everyone is playing together, each at their own level, so you never have to play alone or even feel like you’re being heard, and everyone is learning and practicing the process of turning lead sheets into beautiful spontaneous arrangement, until you can do it without even thinking!
Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated Composer/Performer, creator of her own online school that teaches hundreds of harp players world wide improvisation, arrangement and performance techniques. She the author of the bimonthly column “Harpist Reinvented” for the Harp Column. She’s created and performed her own music and music-theater works in one-woman shows and with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. She's released more than a dozen recordings including the Grammy-Nominated “Invention & Alchemy” of her original works with symphony orchestra. Her mentorship program “Harness Your Muse” coaches harpists in creating their own original shows and recordings. DHC has been doing full-day Sunday add-ons for the festival since 2015.
9-10:45am: Session 1
11am-noon: Somerset Morning Concert
12-1pm Quick Lunch Break
1-2:30pm: Session 2
2:45-4pm: Session 3
4:15-5pm: Final Sprint!
What to Wear: Please dress comfortably and come ready to play.
What to Bring: Recording device if you want to but no music stand needed! These sessions will be recorded and available at a later date too.
How do I Attend? Registrants will receive an email invitation to the Zoom meeting room that will admit you. Make sure you're in a comfortable space at home!
Lead Sheet Boot Camp: Only $100 if you add it to your full festival registration before June 30. Sign-up in advance for this event. Latecomers can sign-up after July 1--we'll provide a link to the workshop sign-up directly with DHC for $149.
Location & Hotel cancelled
Questions? Need more information?
Call or email Kathy DeAngelo at 856-795-7637.