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Hindu Chants

I gave a workshop at the Capital Harp Retreat called “Sacred Sampler” — and touched upon ancient Jewish biblical scales, Shaker music and Hindu chants. Christina Tourin, in her newest “Color My World with Harp” DVD (book 5, purple, songs … Continue reading

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Playing Contemplative Music

I recently gave a workshop at the Capital Harp Retreat entitled “Contemplative Music”.  These highlights may be helpful if you are playing for a meditative type event. Helpful Hints -Wear a watch if you are an a time schedule.  That … Continue reading

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Frank Voltz in “Best Selling”

Frank Voltz has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an … Continue reading

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Sight Reading

Lately on the Music Psychology Linkedin group there has been discussion regarding skills the mind accomplishes while studying music, and specifically sight reading.  [There was also discussion on how this may prevent Alzheimer’s]. When we sight read, we make split … Continue reading

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Harp Hands

Teaching a lesson recently and watching the student’s hands, I realized the importance of where your hands are at the harp in relation to the rest of your body, and being observant of the stretch you may feel in your … Continue reading

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Brackets and Placing

Placing Your Fingers at the Harp A few years ago during my brief run as editor-in-chief of the Folk Harp Journal after Nadine’s accident, I wrote an article on “placing” at the harp. We badly needed fodder because that first … Continue reading

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Stephen Collins Foster: b. July 4, 1826

Composer Stephen Foster was born on July 4, 1826, in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. Stephen Foster had the unique ability to blend classical music with the popular music of the day.  His friend, Dan Rice and his music teacher, Henry Kleber were … Continue reading

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The 13 Ounce Rule; all about shipping

Domestic (USA) shipping options for strings and non-book items:  When you place an order for printed matter or CDs, your merchandise is within the “media mail” category and shipping is very reasonable for any weight. Anything that is not a … Continue reading

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Clear your cache, reset your browser.

We have learned some new terminology: clear your cache, reset your browser, redirect the page, and so many more. I’d like to write about clearing your cache and resetting your browser, because these easy steps should be a typical part … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Harp Teacher

If you own a folk harp, should your teacher be a pedal harpist, a lever harpist, or a combination of both? The following ramblings are thoughts that came to me upon hearing this question. In our experience, some pedal harp … Continue reading

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