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harpist Barbara Ann Fackler
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Ohio harpist Barbara Ann Fackler
Ohio harpist Barbara Ann Fackler

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harp and viola: Christmas music: We Three Kings with Shuha d-Maryam order here https://hornandharp.com/violachristmas.html … - This was a hit at last year's Christmas concert
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Excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet for B flat clarinet and harp (or piano)

https://hornandharp.com/harp_clarinet.html

#clarinetsolo
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House Concert Feedback

Two comments worth pondering if you've never considered giving a house concert, or a small, intimate concert, close to the audience.

1) Sent via text 5 days after: "Still smiling and in wonderment over Friday evening."

2) At the event, from a lady who has been at every concert since 2016: "I know lots of musicians and you are the only ones, the only ones, who are giving house concerts. I can't figure out why. These evenings are wonderful. Fantastic."

No gigs? Make your own gig. Invite people over, share music with them, close up. Get them hooked on what you do. Many people have never been up close in an acoustic concert and the first experience usually has them looking forward to the next.

Can you touch music? Measure it? No, but music can touch an audience and that's unmeasurable.

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Our next house concert is made up of music written by a new friend's great grandmother and grandmother. She has the original manuscripts, along with some of composers published in the late 1800s. The most fun will be watching Adele as she hears, for the first time, this music written by her grandmothers.

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"It Sounds More Like a Flamingo Dance Than Harp Music."

We were listening to harp solo music this afternoon. Not recognizing the piece and not hearing the announcer identify the piece or the harpist so I asked my husband if he knew what piece we were hearing.

"It Sounds More Like a Flamingo Dance Than Harp Music."

So, a reminder to all of us. Listen to your feet. It's good to remember that your audience is going to listen to your feet if you don't. In many cases, pedals can be moved quietly.

Go tune your harp, find a piece you know well that's chromatic and listen to your feet so that your audience won't.
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Nice Google Doodle today: https://g.co/doodle/gpmw4v

Even if you don't play classical music, you probably know Bernstein's music. If you play a lot of pop music, you probably include music from West Side Story in your repertoire.
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Readiness,Thankfulness

This weekend I played for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The client chose my Celtic harp, based on sound files on the website, because it "sounded happy and festive". Nice, not less, happier.

A pianist was hired to play the first 2 hours of the event and I played the last 2 hours. When I arrived, he was already performing and I expected to tune in another room, then move in to set up at the last minute. Not a problem, usually.

But this time, I found the unexpected and was thankful I've developed a habit of being ready for nearly everything.

We were, as the pianist said, "al fresco". The doors the the banquet room were flung open wide, the entire wall of the room was open to the outdoors, complete with warmer, moister air than in, and WIND.

I had my wind clips with me (always packed). The pianist had been fighting the breeze blowing his music about for an hour and half when I arrived.

The intonation on the pianist could drive one crazy. I was thankful that I could tune my own instrument. Hauling harps around can see a bother at times, especially when it's the pedal harp and an amp that has to move but I'm never trapped with an out of tune instrument.

Because I had the Celtic harp, it was less bothered by the constant battle between air conditioning and outside air. Tuning wasn't too much of a problem for the Celtic harp.

Do you carry wind clips? Even if you expect to be indoors, which my contract said I would, you may have breeze.

Does your contract protect you in terms of where you perform? It can state be as specific as you like regarding your terms. I always state whether the performance is indoors or out and there have been times (October in Chicago, 50º, windy, drizzle) when the contract kept me and my pedal harp indoors while the string quartet was stuck honoring their contract.

Be prepared in every way possible. You'll be thankful.
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This weekend's wedding included some usual choices: Trumpet Voluntary (for the groom and groom's men) and Pachelbel's Canon (bride's maids and attendants) for the processional.

When the time for the processional is near, I like to use music in the same key as the processional, whether I'm on pedal or lever harp, it just simplifies the quick transfer to the new music.

I love using pieces from Handel's Water Music when the processional is in D, and you can see bits of the Loure and Entree here, as well as the Entrance of the Queen of Sheba. https://hornandharp.com/handel.html

These three gave me plenty of music to fill the last 5 min. of prelude while I waited for everyone to be in place.

Because I'm lazy and like to have lots of music ready for either harp, I do my best to play arrangements on both harps that are similar.

When your music is ready for double duty, useful on either harp, or for many different situations, you've got good options in your repertoire.
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The adult student I saw yesterday uses her iPad for all her music. It's brilliant in many ways.

She can enlarge the music, making it easier for her to read and marking it, changing the markings and updates are really easy.

This page made me laugh yesterday. Look at the bottom left. I had to ask her why she had a "thumbs up" there. She is using that to remind herself to keep her thumbs high!
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Understanding how learning takes place is interesting.

Understanding the complexity of learning can help us learn to be more patient with our progress as musicians.

For example, watch this video from Smarter Every Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBzBlL0&feature=youtu.be.

Watch the unique challenge, pay attention to how long it takes to teach the brain the different task, and to how quickly the child conquered the same challenge.

Then, apply what you see to your own progress with harp. Learning any new skill takes time. The older the student, the longer it takes to conquer the new skill. BUT, once conquered, like the skill of riding a bike, it is usually firmly implanted in the brain and becomes easy.

The more complex the skill you want to learn, the harder it can be to understand and accomplish. It's not impossible, just takes time for the brain to grab hold.

Stick with this to the end: notice that when he reverses the process, it's still hard, but not nearly as hard as the first time. Correctly bad habits can be like this because it amounts to retraining the brain to a new pattern.

Notice that there's a moment when suddenly he's able to control his motions. There's a moment when the newness isn't new anymore and the skill has been conquered. Now it's easy.

Your journey can be the same with persistence. Tune your harp. Be patient and persistent and go practice.
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