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
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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.”
“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 do it:
You get 10 video coaching lessons you can take at your own pace and a step-by-step walkthrough of every note of the piece!. If you take the course while we in a live session you’ll get live weekly online chats so you can ask questions to help YOU play it the way you want.
It’s 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!).
PLUS you get to connect to other harp players all around the world – who are all learning this piece just like you – AND YOU CAN REVIEW AS MUCH AS YOU WANT because you get to download all the PDFs and MP3s to create your own study binder. Registration to the course includes 6 months access to the classroom so that, once you have the basics, you can review all the online videos at your own pace.
“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 andyou 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)
JOIN me for Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page
(for Pedal & Lever Harp)
3 Levels: Fledgling, Intermediate & Advanced
As soon as you register, you can download warmup exercises and get started right away!
Available now for self-paced learning.
“‘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)
[Eleanor was the first featured artist in the “MY Baroque Flamenco” Blog Series and performs the piece solo and as an orchestral and chamber ensemble soloist]
“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)
[Ruth was featured 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.“
“I’ve never worked with a teacher who so inspired me to try stuff I feel scared of.
I feel so encouraged in this course and have learned so much.
The gift you give is the assumption that it doesn’t have to be so hard or so perfect to get joy out of it and share it with others.”
Pauline Vaughan (Canada)
Karla Williams (Maryland, USA)
“This was the single most important musical course I have ever done in years of learning harp, and I would recommend it to anyone at any musical level.
To begin with, the course was absolutely jam-packed with incredible information, from beginning to end.
Even more incredibly, I could see right away in week 1 that my fears about my harping level were unnecessary; my level simply didn’t matter.
Deborah’s information is carefully structured so that anyone at any level can work with the concepts … and the concepts I learned have become integral to my harping experience, like a kind of ‘harping code’.”
I had been searching for this information for years, going from teacher to teacher, but with this one course, Deborah gave me all the tools I needed for arranging music.
Blythe Tait (Australia)
“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)
“DHC is utterly inspiring. Her enthusiasm is contagious.
Catch the bug. It’s wonderful.”
Lu McClintock, Scotland
FAQs .... and Q & A (click to open)
Q: CAN I TAKE THE COURSE ON LEVER HARP?
Absolutely! The course is usually split about half-and-half lever and pedal harp players. And not only is it playable on lever harp, but I got so inspired during the first two bootcamps, that I figured out how to play the “Advanced” cadenza on the lever harp – something I actually thought was impossible before I took … er, I mean created … the course!
Q. WHAT IF I CAN’T KEEP UP?
A. You can go at your own pace – you can take what you want from the course, you’ll have the PDF handouts and you’ll be able to access the course videos for at least six months after the course is over.
Different people will take different things from the course. Sometimes I get one ‘elegant idea’ from an online course that gives me all the knowledge and power I need to shift to the next creative level – which is what I want for you.
Sometimes I need to do all the homework and get all the feedback in order to feel I’ve gotten what I need from the course.
So I wanted to structure this course so that regardless of which way you like to learn, you’ll be able to get what you need from it.
Q. HOW DOES IT WORK WITH THE DIFFERENT PLAYING LEVELS ALL IN ONE COURSE?
The way I deal with the different levels is by starting with concepts rather than specific techniques. We literally look at the piece as a drawing in the first lesson, and we keep referring to that drawing as we learn each part of the piece.
Each section of the piece can be played in many ways.
Remember that I first started developing this piece when I was a beginning harp player – and the piece has expanded over decades. So I can show you the simplest ways that I first played it – all the way to the Grammy-Nominated performance from my “Invention & Alchemy” DVD.
They’re all great ways to play the piece – and it’s possible to play them at any level.
The notes aren’t what’s difficult. The challenge is to play it with passion, fluency and commitment. And that’s true regardless of what technical level you play at.
There is no limit to how much you can simplify or expand a musical concept.
Q: WHY IS IT CALLED A “BOOTCAMP”?
Mostly I just really liked the way it sounds. But also because this is an intensive. Bootcamp also means to me that it’s not about being ‘perfect’ or getting every single note ‘right.’
It’s all about getting a version of the piece in your fingers that you can actually play right now – whether you’ve studied the piece before or not – so that you can start playing it and having fun with it! Then, if you want, you can go back to the lessons and add as many finesses as you want – because you’ll have at least 6 months extra access to all the lessons and videos, even after the course is over.
You’ll need to set aside at least an hour each day for the first 4 days – when you get one new lesson a day. After that – to watch the video, and then practice the section of the piece we’re working on. You get catch-up days, especially as the course progresses – and at the end of the 3 weeks you’ll have a version of the piece under your fingers if you’re learning it for the first time – and you’ll have it much more honed, if you’ve already learned the notes.
You’ll get another week to ask questions and even have a chance to get my personal feedback on your performance.
Q: DO I NEED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL TO TAKE THIS?
“Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp” is open to a players in the following categories:
A. Advanced Beginner
Each lesson is split into 3 parts – one for each level – so you only need to take the part that relates to your level of playing. Teachers, of course, will be interested to go through all three levels if they’ll be teaching the piece to their students. And many people take different sections from different levels to create their own customized, personalized version of the piece.
Q: DO I NEED TO ALREADY KNOW THE PIECE?
No. You can learn it from scratch, or take the course to hone it. Obviously, your results will be different depending on whether you’re learning it for the first time, or honing what you know – but even if you’re learning for the first time, you’ll be able to go back and review the course videos for 3 months after the course is over – and the course includes a full warm-up module with exercises you can use to learn or hone specific sections of the piece.
Q: IS IT SKYPE LESSONS?
No, it’s not skype lessons. It definitely feels like it’s one-on-one because of the videos I create for the course, but you can take it on your own time. That means you can watch five minutes, then come back later and watch another 5 minutes. You can practice in between, or just go about your day, fitting in the lesson in to whatever time you have, whether it’s 5 minute block of time or a 2-hour block of time.
Q: IF IT’S NOT SKYPE LESSONS … WHAT IS IT??
It’s a 4-Week online learning bootcamp where I teach you – step by step – to play my fiery powerhouse showpiece for harp, “Baroque Flamenco!”
Here’s how it works:
As soon as you register, you get access to the students-only ONLINE CLASSROOM where you can immediately start working on the warmups I provide and watch videos playthrough of every technique in the piece.
if you sign up early you get a head-start on all the warmup exercises, and you get to join the private Facebook group to start interacting with me and the other students right away.
Once the course begins, the individual modules open one by one and where you have access to all the resource modules including a step-by-step video playthrough of every technique in the piece, and downloads to the newest unreleased edits I make in the piece including simplifications and embellishments of the sheet music.
The first week moves very fast, because I release one lesson every day for the first 4 days, so you get the basics very quickly. After that I release each lesson every 3 or 4 days so you have plenty of time to practice and catch-up in between.
If you have questions that aren’t answered by the trainings, you send them via the “Ask a Question” form and I either answer them immediately, or I add them to the list of questions I’ll answer live online in the weekly online chats.
It’s also an online community of other harpists all over the world who are learning and playing this piece – harpists who’ll give you support and encouragement as you add this fiery showpiece to your repertoire.
Q. HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE COURSE TAKE EACH WEEK?
A. That’s pretty much up to you. You could spend as little as 20-30 minutes a week if you only wanted to download and read through the PDF – and you can get tons of great ideas that way. Some people who are busy like to do that, and then watch a couple videos and come to the online chats (or watch them later). That’s one way to take the course ‘just for fun’ – and that’s perfectly fine.
People who want to ‘get the most bang for their buck’ can spend as much as an hour or more a day, watching the videos, downloading the materials and then putting it all into practice on their instruments, and then submitting homework for feedback.
Most people fall between those two extremes – and it’s totally fine how YOU want to use the course and how it fits into YOUR life right now. That’s also why you get access to the course website for at least 6 months after the course ends – so you can go back and review. And that’s why I added the “auditor” option for people who know they’ll just get stressed trying to submit homework.
The absolutely most important thing you can do each week is to find one simple concept from the lesson and put it directly into your playing at any level.
If you do that ONE thing each week you’ll get more out of the course 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 lesson, find your ‘nugget’ for the week, put it into practice and feel great that you’re getting something that will change your playing.
On a practical level, to just go through the videos and the handout for each lesson each week takes about 60-90 minutes.
And you don’t have to do it all at once! I break up each lesson into a bunch of mini-sections so you don’t have to do that all at one time. One very cool thing about this course website is that you can ‘check off’ each activity as you do it (an ‘activity’ is a video or a page, or a discussion) so that when you go back, you can see exactly where you left off. So it’s very easy to log in once a day for 10-15 minutes and go through one or two ‘activities’ each time.
A lot of people take the course more than once because there’s a lot of content – and you simply won’t get it all the first time through! And that’s why I try to add a guest coach for each session, so that people who are taking the course for a 2nd or 3rd time, can add a little extra to what their learning – and find new ways to put it into practice.
Q. DO YOU PROVIDE MUSIC TO GO WITH THE COURSE, OR DO I NEED TO PROVIDE MY OWN?
You get to download the sheet music for the whole piece – all three levels (Adv. Beg., Intermediate & Advanced) – plus all the warmup exercises, PDFs and MP3 I created for the course. Most people print it all out and put it in a binder, but some download it to their iPads and do the entire course from the iPad.
So you don’t have to provide anything except an open mind, willing hands and a reasonable in-tune harp!
Q: WHY DID YOU CREATE THIS COURSE?
“Baroque Flamenco” was a featured work at both the American Harp Conference (New Orleans / June 2014) and the World Harp Congress (Sydney, Australia / July) – including the “Passion Meets Performance” masterclass at the World Harp Congress.
I originally created the course to help applicants for the Masterclass prepare their audition materials and then realized it would be more useful if I taught the whole piece, on all three levels – so everyone can get the benefit of bootcamp – whether they’re learning the piece for the first time or they’re advanced players planning to perform it with symphony orchestra.
Q: WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED FOR THE COURSE?
A. Even people who consider themselves completely non-tech-savvy are able to access and enjoy the course. Some people even say that one of the big benefits of the course is getting more comfortable with online tech formats! Most student take the course via their computer, but some use iPads.
For each of the 10 modules, the course information is provided in three formats: video, audio and PDF handout so you’ll able to access the basic course materials in whatever way works best for you.
Here’s what you get:
– Training videos you watch online
– Audio versions of the trainings that you can download and listen to on your ipod or computer
– A PDF overview of each training as a reference for any notes you take yourself
– Bonus PDF Worksheets to help you organize and focus your learning and practice
– Homework assignments (optional) to help you put the training directly into practice. If you’re signed up for the “Full Feedback” version of the course (i.e. if you’re no “Auditing”), you’ll submit homework, usually as a video. If you’ve never uploaded video to YouTube, you can read my tutorial on how to do that, which is part of the course resources.
There’s also a live online Q&A chat and spotlight coaching sessions to give you my focused coaching in the areas you need the most help with. These live online sessions are conducted through an video webinar site and we always try to have a tech-assistant on hand in case you’re having trouble and need assistance.
And if you can’t make it to the chat, it’s recorded so you can watch or listen to it later.
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 – and online chats and masterclasses will never be as high-fidelity as being there live – but many people have actually 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?
A. It’s possible to take the course on “air-harp” and just learn the basic concepts – but you’ll have a lot more fun if you set aside at least an hour for the first 4 days, and then 20-30 minutes each day for the rest of the course.
Q: CAN I PAY IN INSTALLMENTS INSTEAD OF ALL AT ONCE?
During the pre-launch period, there’s no payment plan. Once we official launch, there’s usually a 2-pay or 3-pay option that you’ll see listed under the payment. If you don’t see it there and you’d like to know if it’s available, use the “Ask a a Question” link below to ask.
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“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)
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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.
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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?
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