Is playing the harp harder than you thought it would be? Ever wish you knew the secrets to learning music that only the experts and the eight year old YouTube stars seem to know? Want to finally finish the pieces you start and play them with ease, confidence and joy? Harp Mastery founder and Harp Happiness expert Anne Sullivan believes every harp player can learn to play the music they want the way they want. Tune in as she clears the confusion around topics like fingering, technique, sight reading and practice skills and shares the insider tips that help her students make music beautifully. Whether you’re playing the harp for fun or you’re ready to take your playing to the next level, each Practicing Harp Happiness episode will reveal the strategies and insight you need to fire your imagination, enjoy your practice and love your harp playing.
How to Know if Your Music is Done: Finding the Finish Line
Do you have nothing to play except a drawerful of half-baked pieces? If you’ve ever wondered how to tell if your piece is really done or what to do with it when it is, you are not alone.
In this episode, I reveal not only how to decide when your piece is finished, but also the four “finish line” options which allow you to polish your piece for performance or put it away with pride, why finishing a piece is a personal decision and one thing you can do today to find the finish line for any piece.
What Does a Shaky Technique Really Cost You?
Fast flashy scales and graceful arpeggios are one sign of a strong harp technique, but they aren’t the only indication. In fact, even if you never expect to play fast music, you still need a strong technique.
Technique isn’t just for speed. For instance if you struggle to make your music smooth or expressive, these could be signs you need some technique work.
In this episode, I reveal the 3 most important reasons you need a stronger technique and how to begin developing it without hours of drudgery.
Canon Law: A Harpist’s Guide to the Pachelbel Canon
Whether you’ve played it a thousand times or have yet to learn it, the Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel has become standard repertoire for harpists.
But it isn’t all that easy to play, unless you know the shortcuts.
In this episode I explain some of the musical elements of the Canon so you can learn it quickly and play it more confidently.
Plus, I share some of my favorite Pachelbel practice techniques with you, ones that can save you practice time and frustration, even if you’ve played the piece be
How to Have a Perfect Harp Lesson
Every harpist wants to play well for her teacher. Somehow, though, we always find ourselves explaining that we played so much better at home.
Over my years of teaching I have gathered some insights from the other side - the teacher side - that will help you understand what your lesson really should be about, the right way to prepare, and how to save yourself from “lesson meltdown.” In this episode, I reveal what your teacher really expects of you, and my strategies for lesson success.
Find Your Practice Style: Style No. 3 “The Beagle”
In today’s episode, I review the first 2 practice styles - maybe one of those is yours! - and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about practice style 3 - The Beagle - the strengths, the challenges and if you’re a Beagle, you’ll learn how you can use your Beagle superpowers to make consistent progress in your harp playing.