Immersions

START HARP IMMERSION – 'Greensleeves' (What Child Is This) 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!

In this short course we work on:

  • A warm up designed to work on playing really simple 7th chords.
  • Look at exercises related to the main pieces to focus in on tricky sections (Everyday Exercises).
  • Look at perfecting playing ‘rolled’ or ‘spread chords’ on harp
  • Learn the tune from sheet music ‘Greensleeves’ (What Child is This).
  • We learn the main tune and baseline of ‘Mansion Blues’ by ear and I will also share the sheet music of the full piece with you.
  • Look at improvisation ideas to extend ‘Mansion Blues’

£35.00

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. In this short course we work on:
  • A warm up designed to work on even flow and good tone control.
  • Look at exercises related to the main pieces to focus in on tricky sections (Everyday Exercises).
  • Look at two different techniques for playing with ‘xylophonic effect’ on your harp
  • Learn the tune from sheet music ‘Growing for the Future’
  • Look at some ‘free’ improvisation ideas that can be used to extend the music.
  • We learn the main features of ‘A Spring Tide of Hope’ by ear and I will also share the sheet music of the full piece with you.

£35.00

START HARP IMMERSION – 'Caught at Insole'

Online short Course A BETA test course only available for students who either taking or have already completed START HARP Level 1, 2 and/or 3. As well as learning the tune “Caught at Insole” 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 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!

£35.00

START HARP IMMERSION – 'Spiralling Shoots'

Online short Course A BETA test course only available for students who either taking or have already completed START HARP Level 1, 2 and/or 3. 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!

£35.00