All IMMERSIONs

Hello all, 

Here are the IMMERSION dates I am offering over the next few months for your diaries. It would be lovely to see you online soon! They take place live 3.30PM-5.30PM British Time on the dates shown. You can then catch the video replays at any time that works well for you, and I will keep the materials available to you for a minimum of 12 months.  Tier 4 Patreon subscribers receive all the IMMERSIONS as part of the monthly subscription (you can read about that >>HERE<<), everyone else, you are very welcome to sign up to one at a time for £35. I will make sure I post the sign up link here in in the Fairplay Harp School shop once it is available each month.

Here are the dates: 

  • 11th October 2020 IMMERSION – Rhythm Demystified: Polyrhythm edition
  • 8th November 2020 IMMERSION – Sparkle this Christmas: 2020 edition
  • 13th December 2020 IMMERSION – Christmas Collaborations: Everyone can join you to make music and be merry! 
  • 10th January 2021 IMMERSION – Follow Your Harp: Make 2021 the Year You Learn THAT Piece
  • 14th February 2021 IMMERSION – Cross Fingering: You CAN Do It

Many thanks and see you soon, 

Shelley 

CHRISTMAS IMMERSIONS – 4 Short Courses for the Price of 2 – Flash Sale Until 8th November

Online short Courses 

All 4 CHRISTMAS IMMERSIONS

4 Short Courses for the Price of 2 – Flash Sale Until 8th November

This package will give you access to 15 Christmas tunes and approximately 6 hours of video lesson tuition.

See the information on the four courses listed below.


£140.00


FAIRPLAY IMMERSION – Christmas 2020

FAIRPLAY CHRISTMAS IMMERSION 2020

Online Short Course 

Have you sorted your Christmas party piece this year?! If not come and join a merry band of fellow harp enthusiasts at this years FAIRPLAY CHRISTMAS IMMERSION to help you prepare! In this online course, we focus on new Christmas tune I have written called  ‘Dance of the Bells’ with sheet music, since we are on the theme of bells, learn an easy to play version of  ‘Carol of the Bells’ by ear and find out how to add a cheeky twist or two into ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

We will delve into ways we can use our hands to help play our Christmas pieces with musical energy and sparkle (at whatever tempo you are ready to play them at). This will give us a technique focus for the course, looking at some quick fixes to help us shape our sound.

“Great immersion! As usual, Shelley went above and beyond. We’re now ready for Christmas 🎄and have some fantastic techniques and insights for glissandos and improv to use all the year through. 🗓” Rebecca Blakeney referring to Christmas IMMERSION 2018 (START HARP Level 1, 2 and 3 graduate!)


£35.00


FAIRPLAY IMMERSION – Christmas Collaborations 2020

FAIRPLAY CHRISTMAS IMMERSION 2020

Christmas Collaborations: Everyone can join you to make music and be merry!

Online Short Course 

Playing music together at any time of the year is magical, somehow at Christmas I think it can be even more true. Everyone, all ages and abilities, musical or not, can sing, play, dance along to familiar and well-loved pieces together! In this CHRISTMAS IMMERSION we look at ways you can lead from your harp and get EVERYONE to join in, with tips on how to organise, simplify and be creative to encourage even the least willing friend or family member to join in! In some ways, you may feel I have not picked the best year to deliver this collaborative IMMERSION, but I intend to even talk about ways you can also make this work using online meeting platforms should the need arise, I will even provide some play along videos specifically with that in mind that you can use online over the festive season. We WILL sparkle together this Christmas, come what may!Rather than a focus piece, we are looking at the ways to collaborate and celebrate playing together. I will provide lead sheets (which are of course useable on multiple instruments) to Jingle Bells, Little Drummer Boy,Away in a Mangerand We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The ideas will be transferable to all your favourite tunes!


£35.00


FAIRPLAY IMMERSION – October 2020 – Rhythms Demystified: Polyrhythm edition

FAIRPLAY IMMERSION 

Rhythms Demystified: Polyrhythm Edition

In this IMMERSION we look at how to understand, practice and play common polyrhythms (3 against 4 / 4 against 3 and 2 against 3 / 3 against 2). We will use the focus piece ‘One for Sorrow, two for Joy’ which I have written specifically to involve these sneaky little rhythms! I will aim to give you warm up ideas you can use immediately and also moving forwards to help you practice and get into the groove of these polyrhythms. As well as playing them within the piece, we will also work on them purely rhythmically, in exercises and via improvisation, we will immerse ourselves! Whilst this topic is not for the faint hearted, I promise to make it as accessible as possible and it is rather interesting to know about even if you don’t feel you will use the knowledge much in your playing.


£35.00


FAIRPLAY IMMERSION – Power up your Left Hand: Time for your left hand to shine

FAIRPLAY IMMERSION 

Power up your Left Hand: Time for your left hand to shine

In this IMMERSION the whole course will focus on ways to improve your left hands agility, stamina and tone. We will us the focus piece ‘Dyffryn Dreams’ which you can listen to in the little video below. As well as looking at exercises related to the music and looking at the piece, I will show you how you can take a snippet of the piece and turn it into a simple improvisation to extend the music. In addition to this we will work on a brand new ‘Power Up Your Left Hand’ exercise sheet I have created, initially by ear to practice that skill, but I will also provide you with the sheet music.


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – ‘Greensleeves’ and ‘Mansion Blues’

Online short Course 

In this Immersion we will focus on two contrasting pieces, one is the very well know and loved ‘Greensleeves’ (also know as ‘What Child is This’). The second is a 12 bar blues I have written called ‘Mansion Blues’ which is basically very simple and fun but there are lots of extension ideas you can enjoy to make this as complicated as you like!


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – ‘Morning’ (Grieg) and The ‘START HARP Swing’ Improvisation

A START HARP IMMERSION

In this START HARP IMMERSION we will focus on two pieces, one is my harp arrangement of ‘Morning’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. A beautiful 3/4 flowing melody that lies nicely under the hand, also offering the chance to work add in grace notes to embellish the tune. This piece also lends itself to a gentle improvised introduction so we will look briefly at ideas for this too. The second piece I will be teaching so we can all improvise and then if you choose, write, our own swing time tune. I will base the foundation of this on one of my pieces called Mixit which some of you may be familiar with!


£35.00 £25.00


START HARP IMMERSION – ‘Spring Tide of Hope’ and ‘Growing for the Future’

Online short Course 

In this Immersion we will focus on two original contrasting pieces, one is ‘Spring Tide of Hope’ a piece that flows and swells like a high tide coming in and then gently fades away, it has proved very popular in workshops with my Dynamic Harps students. The second is a piece is called ‘Growing for the Future’ and it a tune I have written ready to premier at the 9th National Botanic Garden of Wales family harp weekend this June. It is named after their ‘Growing the Future’ project that has already involved over 5000 people being trained in planting, sowing and growing. I like to think there are lots of crossovers here for START HARP where we are planting, sowing and growing more harpists for the future! Both pieces can be played as a solo or in a group.

 


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – “Caught at Insole” Lesson

A BETA test session for students who either taking or have already completed START HARP Level 1, 2 and/or 3.

This session will run live 3pm-5pm BST Sunday 5th August 2018, you can now sign up to join the live session and to gain access the recorded lessons afterwards. There will be a short break after about an hour during the live session.

When you sign up you will automatically receive a confirmation on email and then 48 hours before a link to the online classroom and invitation to the live chat.

As well as learning the tune “Caught at Insole” we will:

  • Play a warm up together at the beginning.
  • Look at exercises related to the piece to focus in on tricky sections (everyday exercises!).
  • Look at a technique for using pivots the left hand, this can enable us to play wide stretches (e.g. 1-5-10 or bigger!).
  • Practise some fun improvisation ideas that can be used to extend the piece.
  • We will look at 2 very different ways of interpreting and playing the piece.
  • We will have a playing by ear challenge too!

You will have 12 months access to these videos. It is rather like one week of a START HARP 12 week course!


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – Brahms Lullaby and Sebastian’s Tune

A START HARP IMMERSION

In this START HARP IMMERSION we will focus on two pieces, one is my harp arrangement of the famous Brahms lullaby. This is such a beautiful, simple and tender melody, but we also look at lots of extension ideas and a countermelody so you can enjoy making this as complicated as you like. The second tune I will teach by ear, written for my son this is simply called ‘Sebastian’s Tune’. I was told by one person after playing it at a recent concert that the piece musically conjured up images of castles and knights!


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – Christmas 2018

Online short Course 

Have you sorted your Christmas party piece?! If not join START HARP CHRISTMAS IMMERSION to help you prepare! In this short course which contains approximately 90 minutes of video training, we focus on ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ with sheet music, learn ‘Joy to the World’ by ear and take a peek at some ideas for Little Donkey, Silent Night, Oh Christmas Tree and The First Noel (lead sheets in the course). We also look at ways to make our glissandos sparkle in time for the festive season and of course look at technique, exercises and all warm up together! This course is similar to one week of the START HARP 12 week intensive online courses for beginner to intermediate harpists (Level 1, 2 and 3).


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – Christmas 2019

CHRISTMAS IMMERSION HARP COURSE 2019

Have you sorted your Christmas party piece this year?! If not come and join a merry band of fellow harp enthusiasts at this years START HARP CHRISTMAS IMMERSION to help you prepare! In this online course, we focus on ‘Il Est Né’ (He is born) with sheet music, learn ‘Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming’ by ear and find out how to put some swing into We Wish You a Merry Christmas for a Jazzy feeling!

We will take some time to look at ways to accompany (general ideas as well as specific to our pieces in this IMMERSION). This will include the use of drones and how to work out close position chords in left or right hand to make a full and festive sound in the easiest way possible. We will also look at warming up, exercises and some improvisation ideas!

“Great immersion! As usual, Shelley went above and beyond. We’re now ready for Christmas 🎄and have some fantastic techniques and insights for glissandos and improv to use all the year through. 🗓” Rebecca Blakeney referring to Christmas IMMERSION 2018 (START HARP Level 1, 2 and 3 graduate!)


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – Simple Gifts and Amazing Grace

A START HARP IMMERSION

In this START HARP IMMERSION we will focus on two pieces, one is my new harp arrangement of ‘Simple Gifts’, a beautiful tune I have so enjoyed playing within orchestra as part of Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ (YouTube orchestral version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI6RYZygevA). The second piece we will be looking at is Amazing Grace, which I am going to use to teach you ways we can create variations and countermelodies to pieces, I will also share one of my own for this well know hymn.


£35.00


START HARP IMMERSION – Spiralling Shoots Lessons

A BETA test session for students who either taking or have already completed START HARP Level 1, 2 and/or 3.

This session ran live 3pm-5pm BST Sunday 29th April 2018, you can now sign up to received the recorded lessons!

When you sign up Shelley Fairplay will email you within 48 hours a link to the online classroom where you can access all the PDF sheet music and the video lessons.

This session works around the piece “Spiralling shoots”, which is also the tune START HARP students are invited to performa a the 7th National Botanic Garden of Wales Family Harp Weekend (30th June / 1st July 2018).

As well as learning the tune we:

  • Play a warm up together at the beginning.
  • Look at exercises related to the piece to focus in on tricky sections (everyday exercises!).
  • Look at a special damping technique useful when playing ascending and descending sections in pieces.
  • Practise some fun improvisation ideas that can be used to extend the piece.
  • We will have a playing by ear challenge too!

You will have 12 months access to these videos. It is rather like one week of a START HARP 12 week course!


£35.00


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