IGNITE YOUR CREATIVE FIRE!
At YOUR level of playing
On pedal Harp or Lever Harp
Deborah Henson-Conant’s Online Learning Experience
Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page
Apr. 26 – May 30, 2021
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Do you long to EXPRESS yourself in your playing?
With a piece that really lets YOU SHINE?
Did you ever long to play one piece of music that you KNEW would bring the house down. Maybe you heard someone else play, and felt your passion ignite. What if YOU could play that?
Did you stop yourself because you figured it was too hard? Were you afraid you’d do it wrong? Or did you buy the music – and then just never got around to it. Or you tried but when you opened it, it just looked too complicated?
What if the COMPOSER could break it down for you?
What if you could talk to the composer? What if she broke it all down for you, so you you understood how it works — so you could play it with confidence, passion and self-expression – at your level of technical ability – and with an IMPACT that rivals any player on the planet – because it’s custom-designed for you … by you … with the help of the creative mind that composed it.
Imagine telling people:
“I worked with the composer on this piece.”
This FREE Challenge will prepare for you the class and teach you to play the “Bones” of the of the piece in just 5 days!
JOIN me for Baroque Flamenco “Beyond the Page”
Apr. 26 – May 30, 2021
(for Pedal & Lever Harp)
3 Levels: Fledgling, Intermediate & Advanced
As soon as you register, you can download warmup exercises and get started right away!
“Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page” is an online course I created especially for YOU, the impassioned harp player.
In the course – which you can take at your own pace – I show you my own secrets of how to play this fiery harp showpiece at your skill level on your harp, whether it’s a lever harp or a pedal harp, 47 strings or 21 strings.
You’ll learn to EXPAND it if you’re an advanced player and SIMPLIFY it if you’re still a fledgling player.
You’ll learn to make the dramatic Flamenco cadenza SIZZLE, and how to end the piece with so much inner fire that you COMPEL your audience to jump up and shout!
Sometimes you just need someone to
break it all down for you!
Here’s how I break it down:
- 10 video coaching lessons you can take at your own pace – on 3 levels: Fledgling, Intermediate & Advanced
- A step-by-step walkthrough of every note of the piece
- This is not just a workshop! You get my hands-on video direction through every single measure of the piece (including new revisions that aren’t even in the published music yet!).
- Review as much as you want. You get 6 months access to review the videos PLUS you get to download all the PDFs and MP3s to create your own study binder.
This course is available year-round to take at your own pace BUT once every year or two I GUIDE the class with LIVE weekly online Q&A Masterclasses so you can ask questions to help YOU play it the way you want.
PLUS you get to connect to other harp players all around the world – who are all learning this piece just like you –
Register by April 19, 2021 to join the
LIVE Chats & Feedback Sessions
Normally this course is a self-paced class BUT once every year or two I personally GUIDE the class with LIVE weekly online Q&A Masterclasses so you can ask questions directly of the composer – to help YOU play it the way you want.
PLUS when you take it live you get to connect to other harp players all around the world – all learning this piece together just like you – everyone at their own level.
The most fun!
“This is the most fun I ever had in any course PLUS I actually learned how to play the piece!!!” Sara Morsey (California, USA)
It felt so simple!
“My sheet music has always been my safety net…but when you broke Baroque Flamenco down into small pieces, it all felt so simple.” Annette Sollie Hagen (Norway)
Upping my Confidence!
“One of the biggest gains for me is upping my confidence in attitude, expression and dynamics” Anna Dunwoodie (New Zealand)
“I have to tell you that the sense of empowerment I have now is really incredible.” Jennifer Keller (USA)
“I would never have dreamed of posting a video before embarking on the Baroque Flamenco journey!” Ruth Lee (UK)
“I love your ideas about imperfect completion.”
My sheet music has always been my safety net, and I couldn’t imagine myself to perform anything by memory. But when I worked with Baroque Flamenco and you broke it all down into small pieces, it all felt so simple.
It was so useful with your advice about improvising, what to do if I got lost, how to remember everything etc. I felt so safe. Thank you so much for making me do something that I thought was impossible.” Annette Sollie Hagen (Norway)
“‘Baroque Flamenco’ was an instant hit with all my students and audiences too, and it always brings the house down!”
Soloist & Teacher, Eleanor Turner (UK) See Eleanor’s Version in the “MY Baroque Flamenco” Blog Series
“My teacher was really enthusiastic and encouraged me to take Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page.
I hadn’t played the piece before the course, but had played and loved “New Blues” so couldn’t wait to start Baroque Flamenco … I would never have dreamed of posting a video before embarking on the Baroque Flamenco journey!
Moreover, I try to concentrate on the positives; begin to love imperfection and spontaneity. I have begun to improvise on the harp – even in public!”Ruth Lee (UK) See Ruth’s version in the “MY Baroque Flamenco” Blog Series after taking the course]
“You are an incredible inspiration. You have me completely sucked in by your dynamic-ness, passion for the music and your joy of spreading it around.
One of the biggest gains for me (who spends 26 hours teaching other harpies) is upping my confidence in attitude, expression and dynamics in my, and in my student’s, musical performance.” Anna Dunwoodie
Karla Williams (Maryland, USA)
“Your course was quite simply the best harping experience I have ever had.
You teach skills that are not just visual, but kinesthetic and aural – and you’ve managed to do it in a fun, engaging, and not-overwhelming way – masterful, to be sure!
THANK YOU for providing training and guidance to help me reach my goals and objectives for my new life with music.” Kevin Roddy (Hawaii, USA)
“I have to tell you that the sense of empowerment I have now is really incredible.
I’ve spent so much time knowing, feeling, that there was something more inside me, and to finally have someone understand that I wanted to get at whatever “it” was and know HOW to do it was just the most incredible, empowering thing.“
Jennifer Keller (USA)
Invest in Your Creative Freedom
Register Now for “Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page”
Apr. 26 – May 30, 2021
By the end of the class you’ll be playing YOUR personalized performance of “Baroque Flamenco,” you’ll have your own digital library of PDFs & mp3s from the class PLUS 6 months access to expand and review at your own pace.
And for the rest of your life, you can say that YOU trained with the composer of “Baroque Flamenco”- one of innovative visionary harpists in the world today.
Sign up for “Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page”
(Includes 6-Months Access and all Bonuses)
Your Investment: $497 $397
EARLYBIRD ENDS April 19
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This program is INCLUDED the year-long Hip Harp Academy curriculum — so if you’re a current member, get ready to jazz it up! If your membership is ending – keep an eye out for the renewal info so you don’t miss this summer’s fun!
If you’re NOT in the Academy and you want to make sure to get absolutely everything, including a full year of classes at Hip Harp Academy check out Hip Harp Academy Yearlong Membership Here or just register here. Hip Harp Academy Full Yearlong Membership includes “Jazz for Harps” PLUS over a dozen other classes, including Hip Harp Toolkit / Arrange Yourself, Strings of Passion, Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page PLUS any bonuses offered for single classes like this one. If you have questions about how it works, just email using my Ask a Question Form.
About the creator of this program, Deborah Henson-Conant:
Hi, I’m Deborah Henson-Conant, and I’ve been composing, arranging and creating shows since I was a kid. I now play shows with symphonies and on solo stages with the electric harp that was created for me by CAMAC Harps, the “DHC Light”. (You can read about that in my recent TEDx talk)
I had a few harp lessons when I was a kid, then dropped the harp for 10 years. When I got to college, the concert band needed a harpist – so, because I’d had 6 lessons and knew how to tune a harp – I got the job.
I was 22 at the time, and needed money to pay for school … and for the used harp I bought. I bought a bunch of long dresses and costume jewelry in a thrift-store, dolled myself up and got a job subbing as background harpist in a fancy hotel restaurant in San Francisco.
But I only knew how to play four pieces. And I had to figure out how to make as much from those pieces as I could.
One of them was a simple little minuet by Jean Jaques Rousseau from my beginners “Medieval to Modern” book. I LOVED that piece – so I started improvising on it. And I kept improvising on it. For 30 years I improvised on that piece. And it grew, and changed … and eventually became the fiery showstopper I ended my 2007 PBS music special in: “Baroque Flamenco.”
Soon after that, I published the piece for solo harp in three versions: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced – and harpists all over the world started performing it. But as people started coming to me for one-on-one coaching on the piece, I realized that notes-on-the-page couldn’t begin to convey what the piece is actually about – which is musical freedom of expression.
I also realized that each person really needed to be able to adapt the piece to their own abilities in order to play it fluently.
Thus was “Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp” born.
In this course I walk you through the piece, show you how to play what’s on the written page – and more importantly, how to adapt it to your own technical ability. I show less-advanced players how to simplify it, and more-advanced players how to really make the advanced techniques sizzle. And I show musicians of every level how to bring out the passion and character that makes the piece such a show-stopper and a satisfying piece to play.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED FOR THE COURSE?
- Pre-Recorded Video Trainings
- MP3 versions of the trainings that you can download and listen to on your ipad, phone or computer
- A Live Online Q&A Session – which you can attend live or via replay- and if you’re not attending live you can submit your questions in advance and watch the answers later in the video replay.
So even if your tech-savvy only goes so far as knowing how to link to a webpage, watch YouTube and download a file, you’ll be able to get all the class information. The truth is, there’s always a bit of a learning curve unless you’ve taken online courses before — but many people have told me that my online courses have given them the added benefit of learning to navigate the web in new and empowering ways — and that makes me very happy!
Q. WILL I HAVE TO DO HOMEWORK?
Q. HOW MUCH TIME WILL I SPEND ON THE PROGRAM EACH WEEK?
Most people fall between those two extremes – and it’s totally fine how YOU want to use the program and how it fits into YOUR life right now. That’s also why you get access to the website for 6 months – so you can go back and review.
The most important thing you can do each week in any program of mine is to find one simple idea and put it directly into your playing at your level. If you do that ONE thing each week you’ll get more out of the program than reading and watching everything but not putting it into practice.
So if you don’t have much time one week, you can skim the videos, find your ‘nugget’ for the week, put it into practice and feel great that you’re getting something that will change your playing for the rest of your life!
Q. WHAT IF I CAN’T KEEP UP?
The first time through, if people feel they’re ‘falling behind,’ some just email me using the “Ask a Question” form and ask for coaching on how to catch up.
Since it’s never possible to get everything, ‘catching up’ is usually a matter of understanding that there are BASIC principles you can learn easily (and you can always ask me about them), principles you can practice in both your playing and your life. If you get the basic principle of each module and accept that it’s never possible to get everything, then you can move forward and have fun at the level you’re at with what you HAVE learned.
Q. DO YOU PROVIDE MUSIC TO GO WITH THE COURSE, OR DO I NEED TO PROVIDE MY OWN?
Q. HOW DOES IT WORK WITH THE DIFFERENT PLAYING LEVELS ALL IN ONE COURSE?
Q: CAN I GET A TASTE-TEST?? I’VE NEVER BEEN IN AN ONLINE COURSE - Is there a way to just see how it works?
Q: WHAT TIME IS THE CLASS? Will I have to get up in the middle of the night!
Q: WILL THE STYLE YOU’RE TEACHING BE ONLY 'JAZZY' OR CAN I ADAPT IT TO OTHER STYLES, LIKE THERAPEUTIC PLAYING?
I use Jazz concepts in many different ways myself: for traditional or standard jazz playing, in my original works – whether its solo works, with band, ensemble or symphony orchestra – and I also use jazz concepts for meditative styles of music.
That’s one of the greatest values of the LIVE component of the course. If your specific goal is to use the concepts in meditative or therapeutic music, then you can get as much input as you like about that by asking specific questions about it in the live online chats, the facebook group page and the “Ask a Question” form.
Q: MY INTERNET ISN’T GREAT. HOW MUCH OF THE PROGRAM IS VIDEO AND HOW MUCH IS LIVE STREAMING?
- The “training” part of the program – the part that’s always there when you get into the classroom – is embedded videos (plus PDF handouts, text and downloadable audio).
- For every video, there’s also a downloadable mp3 . That means you can get the mp3 right onto your computer and then avoiding worrying about internet at all.
- The LIVE weekly online Q&As or play-along events are all live-streamed. Usually only about 25-30% of the people actually come live. The rest prefer to wait until we post the replay, and either watch that online or just download the MP3 and play with that. I’m not sure if they do that because of their internet connection or just because they prefer to be able to stop and start the videos at their own pace.
Q: WHAT IF MY INTERNET IS OUT?
Q. DO YOU HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?
Got more questions?
Got Questions? Use the “Ask a Question” form and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
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