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 3.00PM-5.00PM 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.
The 2023 IMMERSION LIST REVEALED
Thank you to all the Fairplay Harp School students and Patreon supports for your wonderful ideas and requests for topics this year! Here is the full list:
15th JANUARY 2023
‘Chasing the bunnies’ and Other Technique Hacks
An IMMERSION looking at the most common technique pitfalls and exploring how we can train our fingers to do as our brain is bidding!
19th FEBRUARY 2023
From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary – Under the Melody
Adding notes under the melody – Learning to take a melody line and adding harmony notes with the right hand under the tune can be started with some very simple guidelines to follow. In this session we will look at some ‘go to’ ideas and practice working them into tunes.
19th MARCH 2023
From the Ordinary to Extraordinary – Between and Over the Melody
Adding notes in between the melody. Filling in the gaps and adding Extras. Taking a simple melody line and making it your own special arrangement by embellishing the melody and even creating a variation or countermelody of your own.
16th APRIL 2023
Counting and Rhythm work in Duple, Quintuple, Septuple and Compound Time Signatures – PRE- RECORDED SESSION WITH LIVE PREMIER
What are the best practices for working out, counting and playing in time signatures that take us away from the ‘comfortable’ space of 4/4 or 3/4? Let’s look at the rules that are transferable and where we need other survival strategies!
21st MAY 2023
Lap Harp Olympics
In this IMMERSION we explore how you can truly make the most of your lap harp, this class will be aimed at lap harps tuned in C without levers but will be accessible to chromatic/semi-chromatic harps too.
18th JUNE 2023
Getting Fluent with Lively Techniques
Perhaps you’ve tried all these techniques before, but are you fluent and in the groove of playing them?! I will share some of the techniques and patterns I use for energetic sounding harp playing and we will work on how to get fluent playing them, including slap bass, strummed chords and getting into the groove with your bass patterns!
16th JULY 2023
Creating Your Own Accompaniments – from the Sublime to the Ridiculous
In this session we see how many different ways to accompany a melody we can squeeze into a 2 hour workshop! You can use these ideas when working from lead sheets, for improvisation, for arranging and for composing.
20th AUGUST 2023
Adapting Pedal harp Music for Lever Harp
PRE-RECORDED SESSION WITH LIVE PREMIER
In this IMMERSION we will look at what to look out for and how to adapt pedal harp music for lever harp. Many of these skills will be transferable for those looking to adapt Piano music to harp. We will also be exploring techniques and hacks for EXTREME lever/pedal changes!
17th SEPTEMBER 2023
Following on from the ‘Rhythms Made Easy’ IMMERSION, in this class we look at working out and counting rhythms between the two staves, getting the left hand and right hand to play in time together. This IMMERSION will also be helpful to anyone who finds it a challenge playing hands together smoothly
22nd OCTOBER 2023
Ever felt like there is a whole world of different ornaments out there and the whole world has different ideas about how we should play them?! Trad? Classical? Jazz?I hear you! Let’s look at where the ideas overlap and where they differ in this Ornaments Demystified class.
19th NOVEMBER 2023
Sparkle This Christmas 2023
Let’s enjoy getting musically ready for the year ahead, we will explore a traditional Carol with an original countermelody and also my own brand new Christmas tune for 2023! 17th DECEMBER 2023
I have always been very taken by the fact that the direct translation of the Welsh term ‘Canu’r Delyn’Is ‘Sing your Harp’ rather than to ‘Play your Harp’ and I believe we can take great meaning from this! In this IMMERSION we look at ways to play your harp with beautiful shape and phrasing in your melodies, so we truly can ‘Sing the Harp’! What better time of year to do this than with some well known Christmas melodies!
Our 2022 Topics:
9th JANUARY 2022
Warm Up Workouts! I will share a warm up I use myself and help you create your own to help you move forwards from wherever you are right now.
13th FEBRUARY 2022
Speedy Playing? A work in Progress! In this IMMERSION we work on speed/tempo in our playing
13th MARCH 2022
The Beauty of Simplicity – Working on the quality of your sound and truly ‘being in the moment’ to create magic using the minimum notes possible.
10th APRIL 2022
Move that Tune! Add variety to your arrangements, an interesting new dimension to your warm ups or transpose for other musicians on your harp.
8th MAY 2022
Telling Stories with Harp Music for Young Children – I will share my favourite tried and tested tricks. A country dance style tune to learn and the ideas covered will be transferable to other composition and arrangement work on your harp.
12th JUNE 2022
Rhythms Made Easy – Using words to help us with rhythm work, let’s refresh, renew and expand our skills.
17th JULY 2022 – Updated
My favourite 10 ‘go to ideas’ for Melody Writing!
28th AUGUST 2022
Know Your Shapes – For instant assistance with sight-reading, improvising and memorising music.
18th SEPTEMBER 2022
The Brain to Finger Strengthening Challenge! Games, tips and workouts to improve your brain to finger connection when playing.
16th OCTOBER 2022
Placing Power – Finesse your placing for smoother more confident playing.
26th NOVEMBER 2022 *Please note date change*
Sparkle This Christmas – Solo Music for Christmas 2022. We will warm up with festive soundscapes you can use for introductions, improvisations or storytelling this Christmas and then learn the Coventry Carol with my new original countermelody and a brand new swing time tune called ‘Christmas Delight’!
18th DECEMBER 2022
1pm-3pm GMT – The GREAT CHRISTMAS PLAY ALONG IMMERSION! Let’s jump in with both feet and look how to JUST JOIN IN with ANYTHING this Christmas. We will overview a set of Christmas tunes, and then play along together for the GREAT CHRISTMAS PLAY ALONG! Keep an eye on your emails for the long in for this class, it should arrive late Friday.
Foundation ideas for Harmonising/Adding Chords to any Tune.
In 2021 we covered the following, you can purchase the replays in the online shop:
- 10th January 2021 – Follow Your Harp: Make 2021 the Year You Learn THAT Piece
- 14th February 2021 – Cross Fingering: You CAN Do It
- 14th March 2021: Fancy Flourishes
- 11th April 2021: Let’s Fake Being Able to Improvise!
- 9th May 2021: The Hands Together Pattern Buster
- 13th June 2021: Fancy Tricks!
- 11th July 2021: Left Hand – It’s Your Time to Shine
- 8th August 2021: Lever / Pedal changes – Mystery Solving
- 12th September 2021: 50 + Ways to Play a C chord?
- 10th October 2021: Performing Out? Have No Fear!
- 14th November 2021: Let’s Collaborate This Christmas
- 12th December 2021: Sparkle This Christmas
Many thanks and see you soon,