Practicing Harp Happiness:
Practice and Performing Collection

Stop going around in circles and learn to play the music you love with confidence.

Episode #033: Choosing Your Next Step: How to Eat an Elephant

The energy of the New Year can be a trap as our good intentions become overwhelming. We burden ourselves with too many resolutions, too many projects and too many brilliant ideas. That’s the fast track to disappointment. Today Anne explains why the best strategy for harp success in the new year is a one step at a time approach. Choosing your next best step and creating a plan to ensure you take that step are key to your harp happiness this year.

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Episode #031: Relax, Review, Enjoy: A Practice Plan for the Holidays

Is holiday harping making you stressed? As the angel said, “Fear not!” We all find it difficult to find practice time during the holidays, even though this is the time we need to keep our fingers ready to play. In this episode of the podcast you will discover a stress-free practice plan that will keep you in shape, no matter how many cookies you still need to bake. All it takes is a few minutes and a little planning.

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Episode #027: Cure the Carol Blahs 

Strategies for Practicing Music You Know Too Well. 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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Episode #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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Episode #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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Episode #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.

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Episode #019: Goal Setting For Harpists 4: Knowing When You Get There

If you ask a professional harpist how she plans her practice, she probably won’t be able to tell you. But ask her what she does every day and she’ll tell you her favorite routine, what she does first and what is the most important part of her practice. Pros learn how to practice efficiently and how to get consistent results from their practice. If you’ve ever wondered if you’re missing something in your practice, this episode is for you.

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Episode #018: Goal Setting For Harpists 3: Create and Protect Your Plan

Case Study: A 90 Day Goal In Action: On this show, I present a case study of a student whose 90 Day Goal was to improve her skill in playing hands together. You’ll see the plan come together as I walk you through each step of the goal setting process from idea to action. You’ll also learn how to adapt this plan for a different skill or change it for your personal learning style, along with critical safeguards to put in place to ensure your success.

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Episode #015: Do You Fall into the Practice Gap? 3 Steps to Finishing Your Music Faster

Have you spent weeks or months practicing your piece and it still isn’t ready to play? You have fallen into the Practice Gap!
The Practice Gap is the divide between making your music better and making it music. If you’re taking longer than four weeks to finish a piece, you’re in serious danger of being stuck on the wrong side. Revamp your practice system so you never have to worry about getting tired of your piece before you can actually play it.

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Episode #012: Three Steps to More Confidence (and Better Harp Playing)

Confidence isn’t something you're born with; it’s something you build. It’s gradually formed from experience. It’s bolstered with successes and sharpened with failures. If lack of confidence is holding you back, you have the whole thing backwards.

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Episode #008: Harp Playing Hiccups: How to Make Your Music Flow

I used to worry about getting the hiccups while playing a concert. Fortunately, those hiccups never happened. But I have had plenty of musical hiccups and maybe you have too. It’s time to make our music flow.

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Episode #005: How to Know if Your Music is Done

Do you have nothing to play except a drawerful of half-baked pieces?
You’ve practiced hard to learn your piece. Now what do you do with it, especially if you aren’t planning to perform it? Keep practicing, and if so, for how long? Put it away?

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Episode #002: How to Have a Perfect Harp Lesson

Every harpist wants to play well for her teacher. Somehow, though, we always find ourselves explaining that we played so much better at home.

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Episode #001: Find Your Practice Style: Style No. 3 "The Beagle"

We harpists all have our own practice style. You might not have thought about it until you discovered some of your harp friends have very different ways of practicing. Maybe this made you wonder if you’re practicing the right way or doing it all wrong.

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