Adapting and Transcribing Pedal Harp Music to Lever Harp – FAIRPLAY IMMERSION – 10th September 2023

£35.00

10th September 2023 – 3pm-5pm BST/GMT+1

In this IMMERSION, we will explore what to look out for and how to adapt pedal harp music for the lever harp. While many of these skills are transferable to adapting piano music for the harp, our focus will be on the unique challenges and creative solutions that arise when adapting pedal harp music to the Celtic or folk harp.

When transcribing pedal harp music to a Celtic/folk/lever harp, harpists often encounter a range of challenges due to differences in instrument capabilities, the number of strings, and overall playing techniques. To address these challenges, harpists need to make creative decisions that maintain the essence of the original music while adapting it to the capabilities of the Celtic harp. It’s a skill that improves with experience and an understanding of both harp types.

In this IMMERSION, we will explore some get-you-started ideas to help you transcribe for the lever harp while considering differences in string range, unsuitable keys, harmonic challenges, articulation differences, pedal and lever marking notations, and differences, respecting the musical elements, and much more! While we won’t delve deeply into the wide array of lever-changing techniques in this session, we will explore ways to help you confidently decide which levers to engage, when, and how, while providing top-tier practices to refine your execution.

If possible, please bring a piece of pedal harp music to the class that you would like to play on your lever harp. If you don’t have one, examples will be available.

 

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FAIRPLAY IMMERSION

10th September 2023 – 3pm-5pm BST/GMT+1

In this IMMERSION, we will explore what to look out for and how to adapt pedal harp music for the lever harp. While many of these skills are transferable to adapting piano music for the harp, our focus will be on the unique challenges and creative solutions that arise when adapting pedal harp music to the Celtic or folk harp.

When transcribing pedal harp music to a Celtic/folk/lever harp, harpists often encounter a range of challenges due to differences in instrument capabilities, the number of strings, and overall playing techniques. To address these challenges, harpists need to make creative decisions that maintain the essence of the original music while adapting it to the capabilities of the Celtic harp. It’s a skill that improves with experience and an understanding of both harp types.

In this IMMERSION, we will explore some get-you-started ideas to help you transcribe for the lever harp while considering differences in string range, unsuitable keys, harmonic challenges, articulation differences, pedal and lever marking notations, and differences, respecting the musical elements, and much more! While we won’t delve deeply into the wide array of lever-changing techniques in this session, we will explore ways to help you confidently decide which levers to engage, when, and how, while providing top-tier practices to refine your execution.

If possible, please bring a piece of pedal harp music to the class that you would like to play on your lever harp. If you don’t have one, examples will be available.

What will the course include?

  • Introduction: Transcribing for the lever harp; who makes the rules?
  • Let’s warm up – exploring the differences in pedal and lever changes in scales!
  • Considering all the musical elements when transcribing – what are they and what can we alter?
  • Adapting music for your harp’s range. Dealing with missing notes and possible loss of sustain.
  • Conquering Unsuitable Keys – including The Opposite Key Trick with our friend, the Circle of 5ths.
  • Decoding the Marks! Why are the pedals written there? How to decide on, write in, and practice your lever changes.
  • Tackling transcribing music with complex harmony, modulations, and/or accidentals Part 1: Melody, Bass, and Harmony.
  • Tackling transcribing music with complex harmony, modulations, and/or accidentals Part 2: Using Enharmonics
  • Tackling transcribing music with complex harmony, modulations, and/or accidentals Part 3: Using Ninja / Stealth / Hot notes!
  • Put it into practice – bring a piece of pedal harp music you would like to transcribe for the lever harp and start the process of working on your music.
  • Farewell and Reflection: You can do it!

Please note this has been re-scheduled to be a live event. This is in part so you can bring a piece of pedal harp music to the class that you would like to adapt to play on your lever harp to explore and ask questions live. If you don’t have a piece in mind, examples will be provided. 

As soon as you join the class, you find that there are a number of pre-recorded video lessons taken from other classes in the Fairplay Harp School available. I have included them to make sure we are all up to speed on the Circle of 5ths, Keys and Enharmonic Equivalents before we get started. If you feel you might need a little knowledge boost on any of these topics please try and watch them before the live class.

Online short Course

The course will initially be delivered live on Sunday 10th September 2023 over a 2 hour time slot 3.00PM-5.00PM GMT+1/BST. The session will include a short break for fingers and brains around half way through! After the live event you will receive a link to the recorded materials which will include approximately 90 minutes of video training, along with some explanatory text and sheet music downloads for you to print out and keep. You will be able to access the course for 12 months after the IMMERSION. It is fun to attend live but do not worry if you cannot make it, you will be able to access all the materials afterwards.

Before the live session you will be provided with a number of pre-recorded video lessons taken from other classes in the Fairplay Harp School to make sure you are up to speed on the Circle of 5ths, Keys and Enharmonic before we get started, please try and watch these before the live class!

My main  aim is to equip you with ideas that will fuel your future learning and ongoing improvement. Discover your freedom with lively harp techniques in this class and embark on a transformative experience that will resonate with you for years to come.

Join us in the Fairplay Immersion and discover the art of lively harp techniques like never before. Enroll now and let your musical journey begin!

This course is similar to one week of the START HARP  or Flourishing Harpist 12 week intensive online courses for beginner to upper intermediate harpists. Full details on www.FairplayHarpSchool.com

“Great immersion! As usual, Shelley went above and beyond.” Rebecca Blakeney referring to last IMMERSION (START HARP Level 1, 2 and 3 graduate!)

Following the same ethos and delivery style as the main 3 START HARP 12 week courses, we look at playing from sheet music, improvising and playing by ear all with an underlying focus on a good strong playing technique.

This course is aimed at advanced beginner to advanced intermediate level harpists. To be honest as long as you can read treble and bass clef at least a little bit and can play with all four fingers (and turn) you will be able to take this course. Simplification and extension ideas are offered as we go along so lots to keep everyone busy!

You will have 12 months access to these videos and materials.

When you sign up you will automatically receive a confirmation on email from this website. If you are signing up before the live session you will receive the meeting link and sheet music by 1pm BST on the day of the IMMERSION. If you do not receive any details when expected please check your spam/junk file and if it is not hiding there email me on info@harpwales.com.

Full price for this one off IMMERSION is £35.

Comments from students who have attended previous IMMERSION

  • Insider info…don’t miss it but prepare yourself to be bombarded with info in the nicest possible way???
  • Don’t miss it! And don’t be surprised if you feel overwhelmed if you do it live. Shelley basically fits a full week of Start Harp into 2 hours, so it’s a lot to take in live — but then you can go back and work with the videos as you’re already used to doing in Start Harp. Or you can miss the live bit and just do the videos afterward. I did my best learning of Spiraling Shoots after the fact, when my brain was quiet and I could hear myself think and appreciate what I was playing.
  • I couldn’t join live so learnt it from the recordings, which are great.
  • I was glad to be on the live presentation, although it was early in the morning. However, due to more pressing priorities, I tabled my practice efforts for a future time—hopefully, in September. That is a benefit of the Immersion structure. Sign up for the class and add to your repertoire when you are ready.
  • I also saw it in the replay. It’s great to be able to go over everything slowly…