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Welcome to the 2022 “5-Day HARP IMPROV Challenge”:
Sept. 26 – 30, 2022

 [Sat/Sun: Oct. 1 & 2] Catch-Up Time & GRAND PRIZE Posting 
[Mon. Oct 3] Grand Prize Celebration 

  
[Mon. Oct. 3] Hip Harp Academy WARM-UP WEEK Starts
Learn More & Register Now for Hip Harp Academy “Structure is Freedom” Quarter 
with “Hip Harp Toolkit”, “Lead Sheet Bootcamp”, “Inside Jazz Tunes” and more!

This CHALLENGE HOME PAGE or “HUB” is where we’ll share the training videos for the 2022 Challenge – and all the Bonus trainings including the “Creating Conducive Conditions” which you can join right now at the “Bonus Resources” section below.

Each day during the Challenge, I’ll post the video lesson and challenge for the day. To see it, you’ll need to REFRESH YOUR SCREEN each day you come – just use the button at the top of the page to do that.

This page includes all the links to the Challenge Trainings and Facebook Pages where you can post your answers, the Q&A Session signups, etc.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

Give your friends this link to invite them to join the challenge: https://www.hipharp.com/5dhic-challenge

LIVE Challenge Events! Put them on your Calendar Now

Put these on your calendar now, register at the link below & then join me LIVE!  Missed an event? Refresh your screen, then scroll down for all Challenge Videos and Replays

EMAILS: Make sure you get my emails

While I can’t guarantee that my email server and yours will always play nice together, here are 3 things you can do ot help make sure you get my emails.

  1. Add me  – info@HipHarp.com – to your address book. This saves my email address as a contact in your email system and makes it less likely it’ll mark my messages as spam. You should be able to do that from any of the emails you do get.
  2. If you see a button or link that says “confirm your email address” in an email I send, click it to confirm your address.
  3. “White-list” the email address info@hipharp.com  – here are the white-listing instructions
BONUS CLASS: Watch the Bonus Class

You don’t have to wait to get started! The BONUS CLASS “Creating Conducive Conditions” is available as soon as you sign up.

HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS:
Watch the welcome video to hear how it works.

And here’s a quick outline of how it works, in a nutshell …

  1. Each day you get a short video training – you can watch it any time – I will try to have it posted by Midnight EST the night before so no matter where you are in the world, you will have time to watch and take part in the challenge. 
  2. Each video will show up in a new ‘toggle’ below – but you will need to ‘refresh’ this web page each day to see each new toggle. To do that, use the button just below the image at the very top of this page.
  3. I’ll send out an email about 3AM EST to remind you about the challenge, and with a link back to this page and to where you post your answewrs – so everyone will have plenty of time to watch, try it out and post your answers
  4. Each day you’ll post your answers to the challenge questions in the Facebook group in the special post thread for that day (you’ll get the link to that thread along with the video)
  5. The next day I will choose a winner at random from the people who posted by the deadline 

 

THE 5-DAY CHALLENGE SESSIONS – DAYS 1-5

Below you’ll find the videos and challenge questions from the 5-Day Harp IMPROV Challenge. Once the Challenge begins, each day a new toggle will appear. Click on it and it will open up to reveal the video, challenge questions. If you don’t see the new toggle for the day, click the “Refresh Your Page” button below.

DAY 1 - [SUNDAY / MONDAY] Grounding the Power Progression

WELCOME TO DAY 1!

Add your answers to the challenge AS A COMMENT on the DAY 1 POSTING THREAD in the Harpists Who DARE Facebook group. [The Thread will be linked as soon as it’s live]

We’re opening the challenge a day early so folks celebrating Rosh Hashanah will have time to watch the training and share by the deadline on Monday – so ENJOY the extra day!

Once you finish watching the video below…

A. Spend at least 10 minutes exploring what you learned in the video with your instrument – make sure to focus on staying at your personal level of technical ability and focus on fluency – not complexity – always remembering that music is about CONNECTION not PERFECTION

B. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and look for the thread marked DAY 1 at the link above and post your answers to the following 3 Questions as a comment on that thread.

POST by MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26 at MIDNIGHT PST to be eligible for the DAY 1 PRIZE. But if you miss the deadline, post anyway, because posting all 5 days will give you the chance to win the Grand Prize (also … it’s fun, and inspires others!)

  1. What helped you remember the power progression?
  2. What do you need to keep your eyes on as you play the power progression?
  3. What were your biggest takeaways from today’s training?

BONUS: If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, which are each worth a gazillion dollars in the International Space Station canteen) create a short video of you playing what you learned (15-30 seconds) and share it with your post.

SUPER-BONUS: Give love to other challenge participants.

Training Video:  https://youtu.be/tomiwmL47TU

DAY 2 - [TUESDAY] Differentiating the Roles

Add your answers to the challenge AS A COMMENT on the DAY 2 Posting Thread in the Harpists Who DARE Facebook group. [The posting thread will be linked when this toggle is opened]

Once you finish watching the video below…

A. Spend at least 10 minutes exploring what you learned in the video with your instrument – make sure to focus on staying at your personal level of technical ability and focus on fluency – not complexity – always remembering that music is about CONNECTION not PERFECTION

B. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and look for the thread marked DAY 2 at the link above and post your answers to the following 3 Questions as a comment on that thread.

POST by TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 at MIDNIGHT PST to be eligible for this day’s PRIZE. But if you miss the deadline, post anyway, because posting all 5 days will give you the chance to win the Grand Prize (also … it’s fun, and inspires others!)

  1. The 3 roles in music are: [fill in the blank]
  2. What else could you use this technique for, in addition to practicing the power progression?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from Day 2?

BONUS: If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, now worth 5 gazillion dollars on Vogsphere) create a short video of you playing what you learned (15-30 seconds) and share it with your post.

SUPER-BONUS: Give love to other challenge participants.

Training Video:  https://youtu.be/X-wFzfXNnfw

DAY 3 - [WEDNESDAY] Playing 3 Roles ... with 2 Hands

Add your answers to the challenge AS A COMMENT on the DAY 3 Posting Thread in the Harpists Who DARE Facebook group. [The posting thread will be linked when this toggle is opened]

Once you finish watching the video below…

A. Spend at least 10 minutes exploring what you learned in the video with your instrument – make sure to focus on staying at your personal level of technical ability and focus on fluency – not complexity – always remembering that music is about CONNECTION not PERFECTION

B. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and look for the thread marked DAY 3 at the link above and post your answers to the following 3 Questions as a comment on that thread.

POST by WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 at MIDNIGHT PST to be eligible for this day’s PRIZE. But if you miss the deadline, post anyway, because posting all 5 days will give you the chance to win the Grand Prize (also … it’s fun, and inspires others!)

  1. What are 3 different ways you could create 3 roles with 2 hands?
  2. If you play only a bassline and a melody line, what does that create?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from Day 3?

 BONUS: If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, worth a fortune in the Andromeda Gallaxy) create a short video of you playing what you learned (15-30 seconds) and share it with your post.

SUPER-BONUS: Give love to other challenge participants.

TRAINING VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/SZLUbWyJQls 

DAY 4 - [THURSDAY] Fencepost Noodling - a First Step to Melodic Improv

Add your answers to the challenge AS A COMMENT on the DAY 4 Posting Thread in the Harpists Who DARE Facebook group. [The posting thread will be linked when this toggle is opened]

Once you finish watching the video below…

A. Spend at least 10 minutes exploring what you learned in the video with your instrument – make sure to focus on staying at your personal level of technical ability and focus on fluency – not complexity – always remembering that music is about CONNECTION not PERFECTION

B. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and look for the thread marked DAY 4 at the link above and post your answers to the following 3 Questions as a comment on that thread.

POST by THURSDAY SEPT. 29 at MIDNIGHT PST to be eligible for this day’s PRIZE. But if you miss the deadline, post anyway, because posting all 5 days will give you the chance to win the Grand Prize (also … it’s fun, and inspires others!)

  1. Why is it called Fencepost Noodling?
  2. What are two ways to connect musical fenceposts to create a sense of melody?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from Day 4?

BONUS: If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, worth 7 pots of premium honey in the 100 Acre Wood) create a short video of you playing what you learned (15-30 seconds) and share it with your post.

SUPER-BONUS: Give love to other challenge participants.

Training Video:  https://youtu.be/SNiyNXfiMpU 

DAY 4 Q&A Session & Replay

 You can attend the 2022 “5-Day HARP IMPROV Challenge” Q&A Session 2 ways:

  • Via Zoom: Register at the link at the top of this page under “Live Challenge Events”
  • Via Facebook Live: Just go to the “Harpists Who Dare” Facebook group and it ‘should’ appear (but you know about my personal technical challenges with apps like that, right?)

FOR THE REPLAY: Scroll down to the “More Videos from the Challenge” section on this page

DAY 5 - [FRIDAY] - Putting it all together - YOU'RE IMPROVISING!

Add your answers to the challenge AS A COMMENT on the DAY 5 Posting Thread in the Harpists Who DARE Facebook group. [The posting thread will be linked when this toggle is opened]

Once you finish watching the video below…

A. Spend at least 10 minutes exploring what you learned in the video with your instrument – make sure to focus on staying at your personal level of technical ability and focus on fluency – not complexity – always remembering that music is about CONNECTION not PERFECTION

B. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and look for the thread marked DAY 5 at the link above and post your answers to the following 3 Questions as a comment on that thread.

POST by FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 at MIDNIGHT PST to be eligible for this day’s PRIZE. But if you miss the deadline, post anyway, because posting all 5 days will give you the chance to win the Grand Prize (also … it’s fun, and inspires others!)

  1. What are the 5 parts of the basic arrangement form?
  2. When you play, which should you do:
    A. Make sure you get it absolutely right. Stop to fix anything that sounds wrong.
    B. Don’t stop, no matter what. Even if every single note sounds wrong, play through the form of the arrangement as if every note was golden
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from Day 5?

BONUS: If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn wooden gold doubloons worth a fortune in Atlantis!) create a short video of you playing the arrangement I outlined, using “Ode to Joy” or any other very short tune. Keep the video short, preferably under 90 seconds – and share it with your post.

SUPER-BONUS: Give love to other challenge participants and what they’ve shared

Get ready to learn what happens next!

Training Video:  https://youtu.be/fEbt5P2YOds 
Download the handout:  5-Day Harp IMPROV Challenge Takeaways & Handout

THE GRAND PRIZE! (Deadline: Sunday at Midnight)
  • Add your answers to the challenge AS A COMMENT on the GRAND PRIZE Posting Thread in the Harpists Who DARE Facebook group. [The posting thread will be linked when this toggle is opened]
  • The Grand Prize will be drawn at MONDAY’s Wrap-up Masterclass & Grand Prize Drawing. Register for that event the top of this page under LIVE Challenge Events (you don’t have to be present to win – you only have to complete all the requirements below)
Woohooo!!! Our 5-day Harp IMPROV challenge is almost over!! I’m soooo blown away by everything you’ve posted!
And now it’s time for the GRAND PRIZE!
Anyone can win (read on for how). I’ll pick the winner LIVE on Mon. Oct. 3 in our Final LIVE Masterclass and GRAND PRIZE CELEBRATION!  Don’t miss this! I’ll share your next exciting step to creative freedom, pick the Grand Prize winner and answer all your questions. So mark your calendar, register here and  join me here LIVE on Monday at 2:30 pm EST. Then read on, because ….

 Now you have a chance to complete anything you missed and the chance to win the Grand Prize!

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A 60-minute 1-on-1 Coaching Session with me to work on anything you want to work on.
+ $100 Shopping Spree in my Digital Catalog
+ A hand-drawn Award Badge personally drawn for YOU by me!

Total: $600+ Value
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The DEADLINE to post for the Grand Prize is SUNDAY, OCT. 2 at Midnight PST

TO QUALIFY for the GRAND PRIZE,  here’s what you need to do: 

(1) Make sure to post all 5 assignments (daily posts) from the challenge in the corresponding daily threads (make sure they are posted in the right place – you can link to the right threads in each section of this page). 

AND… 

(2) Comment on the GRAND PRIZE THREAD in our Facebook Group “Harpists “Who DARE with the answers to the following questions:

1) What are your 3 biggest takeaways from this challenge that will have an impact on your playing and creative life?

2) What was your favorite part about this challenge? 

3) What would you say to a friend who’s considering participating in one of DHC’s challenges or classes?

(3) BONUS:  If you want to get ONE EXTRA ENTRY for the drawing (optional) you can:

 Share the challenge on YOUR Facebook profile. In your post, include:

  1. The biggest thing you learned
  2. What you loved most about the challenge
  3. Where people can sign up: https://www.hipharp.com/5dhic-challenge

Then share a link to that post in the GRAND PRIZE THREAD (that means you’ll have TWO comment/posts in the GRAND PRIZE THREAD – and TWO chances to win the Grand Prize). (The Deadline is above … in red – and the Grand Prize thread link is at the top of this toggle)

DON’T MISS OUR final LIVE MASTERCLASS & GRAND PRIZE CELEBRATION  on MONDAY, OCT. 3 at 2:30 pm EST,  where I share my biggest lessons, secrets and insights about improvisation, show you YOUR next steps  – and how you can take everything you learned in this challenge apply it to your creative goals and dreams. Hold your place and put it on your calendar – use the link at the top of this Home page.

More Videos from The Challenge

Q&A SESSION REPLAY (Thu. Sep. 29, 2022 – 3:30 pm)

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In this video, I answered question, did some coaching and reminded everyone that Hip Harp Academy is now open for FALL REGISTRATION!  This quarter we’ll be working on Hip Harp Toolkit: the flagship class of the Academy, which gives you a framework and tools to create your own spontaneous arrangements of any simple tune. 

It’s THE most powerful class you can take heading into the Holiday season because it teaches you to quickly build a repertoire (imagine what it would be like to be able to easily improvise a whole Holiday repertoire). 

Classes begin Oct. 3 and Academy Registration is going up Oct. 15 — so join us now to take what you’ve learned in the challenge to the next level at Hip Harp Academy and save $700 before the price goes up.

 

GRAND PRIZE  & WRAP-UP REPLAY

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