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#030: Conquering Cantique de Noel: An Arpeggio Study

music and meaning Dec 13, 2021

If we harpists had to choose one technical skill to have sharp for the holidays, it would have to be smooth, even arpeggios.

Learn four different arpeggio styles and the best practice tips for each, revealed through four different harp arrangements of the beloved Christmas favorite, “O Holy Night.”  Whether the arpeggios go up, down or all around in your own favorite arrangement, you’ll discover the strategies you need to make them sparkle.

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#029: The Adult Harpist: 3 Reasons Starting Late Can Be An Advantage

music and meaning Dec 06, 2021

“If only I’d started years ago,” is a common refrain of many adult harp students. But adult students, even beginners, have significant advantages over younger ones.

Slower fingers and mental processes are part of aging but that doesn't mean that music and harp learning needs to be slower too. On this show, Anne reviews the “just for grown-ups” learning techniques which help her adult students experience faster and more rewarding progress.

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#028: Expression from the Ground Up: Form and Flow

The most powerful musical expression isn’t created by magic. It’s written into each note. It’s up to the performer to discover it and bring it to life.

If you’ve ever questioned your expressive choices or felt uncomfortable making those choices, today’s show reveals how to discover the composer’s intention and interpret it with creativity and confidence. Plus I’ll show you where to look - and listen - for the hidden expressive clues in any piece.

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#027: Cure the Carol Blahs: Strategies for Practicing Music You Know Too Well

If you find it difficult to practice Christmas Carols, you are not alone.

Reviewing holiday music is an unusual kind of challenge. Everyone knows the songs so well we dread making even a single mistake. But we know them so well we practice on autopilot. On today’s show I share how to do the practice you need and still keep the holiday spirit with three simple strategies that make even the most tired carol (or any music) fun to practice and play.

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#026: Memorization: The Three Methods (and the Only One That Works)

Memorizing your music isn’t essential, but developing your memorization skills IS.

Memorization isn’t just for people who want to play without music. It’s also a proven practice technique that creates critical connections between what you play and what you hear which translate into faster learning and longer retention. Even if you can’t remember what you had for breakfast you can learn to memorize - if you use the only method which really works! 

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#025: Schubert, Bach or Gounod? Who Wrote Your Ave Maria?

music and meaning Nov 08, 2021

“Which Ave Maria?” I asked the bride. I could see the panic in her eyes. “You mean there’s more than one?”

Whether it’s for a wedding, a funeral or Christmas Eve, all of the Ave Maria settings are beloved favorites. On today’s show we’ll discuss the two most requested ones: their histories, similarities, differences, plus practice ideas and performance tips including my secrets for making those awkward rhythms smooth.

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#024: Glorious Glissandi: Your Essential Practice Guide

Without question, the glissando is the signature harp sound. It’s likely the very first thing you ever tried when you first touched a harp. 

It’s equally likely that at this point in your harp journey you have questions about how to make them sound glorious. On today’s show I will share the expressive secrets to a sweeping glissando plus the technical specifics. Whether your favorite term is glissando, sdrucciolando or flux, you can make it magical.

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#023: Practice It or Personalize It: How To Know If A Piece Really Too Hard For You

Maybe the piece is too hard for you. You could soldier on or you could put it away for later. Which choice do you make?

Neither choice is satisfying. Instead of battling on or conceding defeat, you could choose to fix the problem. Asking the right questions will show you what you need to do to eliminate the obstacles so you can play the piece confidently and with pride. In this episode I will share six key questions and the all-important answers.

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#022: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How To Review Your Pieces For This Holiday Season

Too much music and not enough time? Here’s the solution you’ve been waiting for.

While this holiday season may not have as many performances as other years, preparing all your music is still a mammoth task. You know the secret is in organizing it properly, but somehow every year you’ve indeed up scrambling to get it all done.

On this podcast episodeI reveal my method for reviewing old pieces and learning new ones in a simple, stress-free way.

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#021: Music For The Ears: Are We Too Visual?

I used to listen. For instance, when I first started playing the harp there were no electronic tuners; I had to learn to tune by ear.

I am convinced we harpists have lost some essential listening skills. What role does listening play in your daily practice? I believe listening is too often the last resort. On today’s show I suggest some practical strategies for making focused listening and informed musicianship part of your harp playing every day.

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