A Workout for More Than Your Fingers Jul 17, 2024

If harp playing were just about our fingers, it wouldn’t be such hard work. 

We ask a lot of our fingers, naturally. We want them to play faster, to produce a more beautiful tone, to...

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Finding Finger Freedom: A Video Lesson Jul 10, 2024

by Anne Sullivan 

We just celebrated another Independence Day here in the United States and it reminded me how much we harpists depend on the independence, and interdependence, of our fingers...

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Blisters Be Gone! Jul 03, 2024

By Anne Sullivan

Summertime is fun, but it can come with an “ouch” or two. You might get a little sunburn in that place you missed with sunscreen, or get a bug bite or a jellyfish...

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Last Minute Ways to Find More Summer Gigs- Five Things You Can Do Today! Jun 26, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

Summer is here and perhaps your calendar isn’t looking as full as you’d like it to be. There is still time to get more work this summer, if you take action now....

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5 Shortcuts to Learning a New Piece Jun 19, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

That moment of excitement, the crisp, clean page of music full of promise. It’s a brand new adventure – the starting of a new piece. When I was a student, it was...

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3 Things I Wish I Had Known About Harp Camp Jun 12, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

When I was a harp student, there were very few choices for music camps, let alone harp camps. Now, there are harp camps everywhere, and I think that’s terrific. 

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7 Summer String Survival Tips Jun 05, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

Summertime is string breaking time. You can’t always prevent string breakage. But there are things you can do to keep the inconvenience and expense to a minimum.

  1. The...
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Dragonflies in the Sunshine May 29, 2024

What’s the buzz about this piece?

“Dragonflies in the Sunshine” was originally written for piano by Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke (1824 – 1910). Reinecke was a German...

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A Look Into Your Future May 22, 2024

Imagine that you have just graduated from music school. Perhaps that’s a dream of yours. Or maybe you’re not sure if a career in music is right for you. Either way, imagine that...

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Learning Confidenceā€¦and Getting Paid For It May 15, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

It was a beautiful spring evening and I was seated at my harp on the lawn at a lovely and very large home. The party was in honor of some visiting Japanese businessmen and I...

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Do You Know What It Takes to Play Gigs? May 08, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

Just because you can play the harp doesn’t mean you know how to play gigs.

What is a gig? It’s musician slang for playing for pay. It’s what professional...

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Donā€™t Make a Face! May 01, 2024

Developing your “concert face” is an important part of learning to perform. But what is an appropriate expression for when you’re playing? Do you smile or frown? Ignore the...

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