Divide and Conquerā€¦Your Music Aug 09, 2023

When you have a long piece to practice, do you know where to start? Do you usually start at the beginning and play until you have to stop and fix something? Or do you start from the hardest part,...

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Playing Across the Lines Aug 02, 2023

When we consider the many obstacles that we face as we try to turn the pieces we practice into music, none is more powerful than the thin black line. Which line do we mean? We mean the bar line.

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Where Did Those Bees Come From? Jul 24, 2023

Beautiful harp playing sounds fluid, flowing and even. It sings with lovely melodies and resonates with lush chords. It sounds rich and warm and sparkly, all at the same time. What it doesn’t...

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Two Little Words Can Improve Your Harp Posture Jul 18, 2023

Picture your ideal harpist. Is this harpist slumping like a rag doll at the harp? Or are they graceful and strong and straight? 

When people tell you to sit up straight, the list of directions...

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Maybe You Shouldnā€™t Be Practicing Jul 12, 2023

By Anne Sullivan 

I bet no one has ever told you NOT to practice. We harpists need to practice every day, right?

Yes, that’s true, but it’s important that you are practicing for...

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Three Paths For Harp Study In College Jul 04, 2023

You’ve invested a lot of time, money and effort into your passion for playing the harp. While other kids were playing hockey or soccer, you were practicing and playing concerts.  (Or...

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4 Fun Pieces To Play This Summer Jun 27, 2023

By Anne Sullivan  

Summertime is fun time. The days are long and leisurely. Some days all you want to do is lie in the sun with a big glass of lemonade. 

But you know you...

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Training A Temperamental Thumb Jun 21, 2023

By Anne Sullivan 

Does your thumb sometimes stick out like...well, a sore thumb? Or maybe it just doesn’t work as well as your other fingers? Thumbs can be a little temperamental, but we...

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Summertime is Play Time Jun 13, 2023

By Anne Sullivan

If you’re ready to head outside and have fun this summer, I’m right there with you, in spirit anyway. Summertime is for fun, even when it comes to your harp playing.

I...

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Taming Your Technology Habit Jun 05, 2023

By Anne Sullivan

You have a smartphone, right? Good for you. As technology becomes ever smarter, musicians know their smartphones are powerful tools to help them be better musicians.

The voice...

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Learning To Play By Heart May 30, 2023

By Anne Sullivan

Do you memorize your music, what we often call “playing by heart”?

When I was a student, playing from memory was expected and required, not for every piece, but...

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15 Places to Share Your Music (and Make Extra Money) May 23, 2023

By Anne Sullivan 

It’s time to  make your summer plans. And if your plans include doing some extra playing in public and maybe earning a little money, you need to read this post.

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