Exploring Your Harp Family Tree: Alphonse Hasselmans Apr 17, 2024

The name Alphonse Hasselmans is one we harpists know as a composer of harp music and a master harpist and teacher. We may think of him as legendary, but his legacy and his connection to us harpists...

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3 Steps to Stronger Fingers Apr 10, 2024

What does it mean to have strong fingers? It means that a harpist’s fingers play using the most efficient position and action and do it consistently. This produces a rich tone, even...

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Plan Now for Your Best Harp Summer Ever Apr 03, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

I can't wait for summer. 

It’s still rainy and chilly here, but summer isn’t that far away and my summer harp plans are already in place. Are yours?

WHAT?...

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What Makes a Musician a Professional? Mar 27, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

What makes a musician a professional?

The usual definition of a professional musician is a person who gets paid for playing music. Simple, and true enough, as far as it goes....

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Help - I Have To Learn This Piece And I Hate It! Mar 20, 2024

By Anne Sullivan

Maybe this hasn’t happened to you yet, but someday it probably will. Your teacher will assign you a piece of music that you really don’t like, one that you can’t...

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Are You Not In The Mood to Practice? Mar 13, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

We all have times when we don’t want to practice. We are tired, we had a long day at school, we have too much homework. But the practice must be done.

Although I look...

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3 Terrific Reasons to Review Your Music Mar 06, 2024

Every harpist should have music they can play when someone asks. That’s essentially what a repertoire is: music you know and can play, and ideally, music you like too.

Playing for people is...

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Are You Listening Or Just Playing? Feb 28, 2024

By Anne Sullivan  

We musicians spend so much time doing. Our harp lives revolve around practice, lessons, rehearsals and concerts. We do a lot. Sometimes, though, we forget one of the...

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Practice Your “Why” with Strategic Practice Feb 21, 2024

By Anne Sullivan 

Before you can do strategic practice, you need to answer this question: Why exactly are you practicing?

Because you have to, of course. Duh.

Yes, but the question is still,...

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Playing from the Heart: What Makes Music Romantic? Feb 14, 2024

by Anne Sullivan 

On this day, Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love and romance. And we are especially fortunate, because we play an instrument that sounds every bit as romantic as it...

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Power Hour: The Practice of Champions Feb 07, 2024

By Anne Sullivan

What if you could power up your music study by adding one hour (or even one half hour) to your practice each week? That’s right not each day, each week.

I call it the...

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Practicing With Imagination Jan 31, 2024

By Anne Sullivan

Sometimes we get caught up in the repetition that is part of practice and we forget that practice can be interesting and creative too. You might not think you have time to be...

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