Maybe you've had a harp for a while and never /quite/ got around to having some lessons; maybe
you've been playing for a while but taken a break; maybe you simply can't get to a tutor...
In this workshop we will have a refresher of the basics of good hand position and placing
whilst learning a very pretty (but simple) melody.
This workshop is aimed at beginners and 'post-beginners', although early intermediates
who like a slower pace are also very welcome to come along as well - there will be a
left hand part as well for those who are not necessarily beginnners but would like a nice new tune!
Strengthening your fingers and developing good technique is integral for making the best sound
possible..but the good news is it doesn't have to be laborious! Join Lucy for some
finger twisting challenges to test just how much control you really have! Suitable
for all levels and all ages. As well as recapping the principles of good technique,
participants will all get a handout and be guided through enough finger challenges to
give your harp warm ups some 'pizzazz' for months!
You've heard the terms so many times: modes, scales, relative major, harmonic minor...
but what /exactly/ do they mean? And how do they work?! Why do we set the levers the way we do?
And how does any of this relate to the music we want to play...?!
If you've tried to glean the answers to any of the questions above and given up in despair,
this course is for you! You are definitely not the only one. Hopefully, what you will find is that
there are just a lot of new words for concepts you already know, or that your ears understand.
It's not at all /necessary/ to have a deep knowledge of music theory in order to play the harp. But
sometimes it can just be really interesting to know WHY something sounds the way it does...!
- Delve into Classical music (PT 1): A Taste of Classical back to top
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is hailed as one of the most influential composers in
classical music so why shouldn't we enjoy more of his music on our
wonderful harps?! Mozart's melodies are beautiful yet memorable so
come along and learn a brand new harp arrangement of one of his best
and most well-known, the first movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (commonly referred to as A little Night Music).
If you have any problems that you'd like to troubleshoot, or any questions
that you'd like to ask, bring them to this group 'Harp Surgery', where
both tutors will be on hand to offer ideas and advice!
Come and try your hand at some simple polyrhythms! Using a simple Paraguayan melody,
this class will focus on getting to grips with that 3 against 2 rhythm so beloved of the
Latin Americans once and for all!
- The Harp Unleashed 1 - an introduction to extended techniques and harp notation (ALL)back to top
We've all heard the anecdotes of the harp being the instrument of angels'
but as well as creating beautiful melodies, with so many strings and
different parts there are many many more sounds to explore! We will
look at different extended techniques possible and the notation used for them -
you may even come up with some new ones of your own! All participants will
receive a glossary handout summarising the sounds covered and how to recognise
them in your music. For those that fall in love with these sonic explorations,
there is a further chance to use these in creating your own harp film score!
Attendees of this workshop are welcome to create and submit a film
soundtrack and join the feedback dsession on the 29th of November for
an additional £5, though this is of course not obligatory!
Already comfortable with playing 2 against 3? How about 3 against 4? Or even 4 against 5...?
In this workshop we will look at some more complex polyrhythms and we will also learn a
piece using at least one of them...!
Building on our exploration of extended techniques in the previous session,
we will learn an exciting new piece that incorporates extended techniques - get
ready to unleash your creative side as you realise your harp's sonic potential!
For those that fall in love with these sound explorations, there is a further
chance to use these in creating your own harp film score!
Join Lucy and Tamsin for a relaxed evening performance and Q & A session - this is your chance
to ask a harpist that question you've always wanted to know the answer to...!
(And yes, we do occasionally swear, and no, we don't all have long hair - that's just a coincidence!)
If the idea of 'hiding the dots' makes you nervous, this is the class for you!
Using a simple piece as an example (so you DO get a new tune to practise
the techniques on!), Tamsin will sharing her methods of leaning and
committing music to memory. Like everything, it takes practise, but
it's not as hard as you fear!
- St Kilda Inspiration (intermediate to advanced)back to top
In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, 41 miles west of the Outer
Hebrides, lie the mysterious islands and cliffs of St Kilda. Prior to the
evacuation of residents in 1930, the largest island (Hirta) was inhabited
for thousands of years with islanders forced to rely mainly on materials
from seabirds to survive the harsh conditions. Since being lucky enough to
visit, Lucy became interested in the songs from the island as they offered a
first hand insight into such a different way of life. Join her for a magical
hour learning arrangements of music from this fascinating island.
Want to try something completely different? In this workshop we will look
at the basics of how to record sound into your computer and how to use
digital effects to make it sound as weird as you like!
The eventual goal is to make a soundtrack/score to one of the short films shown below.
No special equipment is required other than a computer with a microphone
(either an external one or whatever comes built-in is just fine), OR a phone
with a record function and the ability to get
the audio files from your phone onto your computer.
This workshop will use the FREE (yay!) software 'Audacity' which can be
downloaded by clicking the link below.
You are welcome to use another DAW (digital audio workstation) of you have one, but Tamsin will be
teaching using Audacity and cannot guarantee familiarity with all other possibilities! (If you happen to have Logic that's fine - she's very familiar with this one!).
No previous knowledge of recording and/or sound processing is required, but it would /greatly help/ if you
check that your microphone is working (look in your computer's 'settings' options) and make sure to download the software in advance (and open it to check it's ok) before the class starts!
Your choice of short films to score - or you can make your own!
(There is a YouTube playlist if you click the button in the top right
corner of the video):
- Classical PT 2: A Night at the Opera (I/A) back to top
Giacomo Puccini's well known aria, O mio Babbino caro, is known for
its glorious heart-wrenching melody which translates beautifully onto the harp.
An opportunity to get together with everyone who's been attending the festival and
discuss what you've learned. Those that would like to will have the opportunity to play everyone
a piece from the weekend in a supportive atmosphere!
This session is FREE for all festival attendees - everyone will
receive the link closer to the event.