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OPEN ME! There are Your First Three Steps

This page has all the training videos from the “Baroque Flamenco” 5-Day Challenge – PLUS replays of  Q&A sessions and your NEXT STEPS afer the challenge  The first 3 things to do are:

  1. REFRESH YOUR PAGE with the button above you come here  – so you’ll see the newest content
  2. Join the  “Harpists Who DARE” Facebook Group, if you haven’t already. Answer all membership questions to speed up approval.
  3. Sign up for the “Baroque Flamenco” 5-Day Challenge if you haven’t already. That’s important so you get the email communications.

Can’t wait for more?  These are the programs that expand what you learn in the challenge. Check them out now to start expanding your creative horizons!

    • Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page is a 5-Week Class that takes you beyond the page to a new level of learning, with an iconic harp solo you can play as a fiery showstopper … or as a therapeutic meditation – when you know how to take it beyond the page  ($497)
    • Blueprints for Creativity” teaches you the art of playing from Creative Blueprints – with seven creative blueprints including “The Nightingale”, Vision Music, Baroque Flamenco Rondo, Blues, 5-Part Arrangement, Vamp-Expander and Story-form. ($397)
    • Hip Harp Academy” gives you access to ALL Academy classes for a break-through year working with me, including live weekly chats, guided studies and a powerful, supportive online community ($1297)

LIVE EVENT REPLAY LINKS

The events below were held live as part of the 5-Day Baroque Flamenco Challenge in 2022. You can link to the REPLAYS of the LIVE events below.

  1. Sun. May 1 at 4:30 pm EDT: LIVE “Ask me Anything” Q&A – We talked about the challenge, what you can do next, and DHC answered questions.
  2. Mon. May 2 at 2:30 pm EDT: GRAND PRIZE & NEXT STEPS!  DHC picked the Grand Prize Winner and showed how you can take what you learned in this challenge to the next level.

If you have trouble accessing the replays, click the “Refresh Your Page …” link above and try the links above again. If they still don’t work, go to the “Harpists Who Dare Facebook Group” and see if someone is posting a solution to the problem there.

 

WELCOME TO THE WARMUP!

“Mexican Triple Waltz” Rhythm Warmup

Warmup Explanation (click to open)

BAROQUE FLAMENCO RHYTHM WARMUPS

This rhythm warmup leads you into the “Mexican Triple” Waltz rhythm this piece uses, and the harmonic progression that gets used over and over in the piece.  Pattern #1 tells you everything you need to know about the harmony and the chord progression.  All the other patterns are just variations of that one.

Only go as far as you can, but once you find your ‘sweet spot’ – where it’s easy and comfortable – keep playing that pattern while listening to the others and start engaging more of your body. If you find yourself changing what you’re playing slightly to fit with the rhythms you hear, let that happen. Don’t try to control it and ‘doing it right’ – let your body and your hands find the patterns that feel comfortable for you and get used to responding to what you’re hearing and letting yourself go with it.

 That means you may be playing something different than you’re hearing in the video, but the notes will still fit because every section is just an embellishment of the one before it.

As an experiment, you can even try ignoring what you’re supposed to do and just play with the chord progression, find your own patternsthat work for your hands, knowing that pattern #1 tells you everything you need to know about the harmony and the chord progression.

How Far to Go for Your Level

  • Beginners: just do Pattern #1 and/or #2 – then keep playing those as you listen to the music
  • Fledgling (Advanced Beginners): If you can get to #4, that’s great. Keep playing what you can as the music continues
  • Intermediate: Getting to # 6, 8 or 10 is fabulous
  • Advanced: Take it all the way to #12

How Far to Go for Your Level

  • Beginners: just do Pattern #1 and/or #2 – then keep playing those as you listen to the music
  • Fledgling (Advanced Beginners): If you can get to #4, that’s great. Keep playing what you can as the music continues
  • Intermediate: Getting to # 6, 8 or 10 is fabulous
  • Advanced: Take it all the way to #12

A note on how this is written and other variants you can do

  • I actually play these patterns an octave BELOW where they’re written, but they were easier to SEE when I wrote them.
  • Stems down are notes to be played with the LH
  • The low ledger notes in patterns 9-12 are just octaves, so don’t worry about ‘reading’ the low notes, just know they’re octaves
  • I often use ONLY my thumb to play the LH ‘bassline notes’
  • You can always play the LH notes as octaves instead of single notes
  • You can always gliss in the 4th measure of the pattern if you like

 

p.s. Apologies about the FAN NOISE in these videos – I couldn’t get the fan noise to stop and I really wanted to get these ready for you, so just enjoy the imperfection!

 

Warmup Explanation Video

Playalong Video

NOTE: Ignore the fan sound – I couldn’t get rid of it and I wanted to get these to you! Also notice the little GEAR in the bottom right of each video – that lets you slow down or speed up the video.

The Challenge TRAINING VIDEOS will Appear Below Each Day if …

Each Day’s Challenge Video will appear below here – but you’ll need to REFRESH YOUR SCREEN with the button at the top of the page in order to see the new content.  Click that button every time you come to this page in order to see the most recent content (like new videos, or updated PDFs).  Give it a try now to see if there’s anything new on the page.

If you want to see the videos larger, set them to full-screen. To slow them down or speed them up, use the “gear” icon in the lower RH corner of the video.

Download the Handouts

If you currently have Draft 2 of the Notes, please download the new version and replace your sheet music. Thanks!

HANDOUT STATUS: This handout changed on Day 2 when I added the fingered/plucked version of the Intro, then  again on Day 3 when I added a new section to the Cadenza. I realized the NOTES page will probably change yet again before the end of the challenge, so I separated the two pages so you can just download the Note prompts as I change them.

Welcome Video & Challenge Overview

How to Tune & Ground in the Key

CHALLENGE CONTENT FOR EACH DAY 
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DAY #1

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DAY 1 NOTES (Click to open) "Learning the Elements & playing the Bones "

Once you finish watching the video below…

1. 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 connection – not complexity or perfection.   

2. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and post your answers to the following three questions in the Day 1 thread (I’ll try to pin it to the top of the group page, and you can also find it under Announcements and Photos). The winner will be chosen at random – and I’ll love reading your takeaways!

  1. What’s most importnat about the blue sections of the piece?
  2. What’s the most important thing about the purple rectangle sections?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from today’s training – and/or what you learned as you played with it?

3. Give love to other challenge participants.

4. If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, which are each worth a gazillion dollars in the International Space Station canteen) do  the following

  • Share a short video of you playing some part of the challenge music (30-40 seconds) and share it with your post.

 

 

DAY #2

DAY 2 NOTES (Click to open) "The Introduction(s)"

 

Once you finish watching the video below…

1. 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 connection – not complexity or perfection.   

2. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and post your answers to the following three questions in the Day 1 thread (I’ll try to pin it to the top of the group page, and you can also find it under Announcements and Photos). The winner will be chosen at random – and I’ll love reading your takeaways!

  1. What’s the introduction actually ‘about’?
  2. Of the three different ways to do the Intro (fingered/plucked, finger strum or fingernail strum) which one is most interesting to you and why?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from today’s training – and/or what you learned as you played with it?

3. Give love to other challenge participants.

4. If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, now worth 5 gazillion dollar-pods on the Vogosphere) do the following

  • Share a short video of you playing some part of today’s challenge music (30-40 seconds) and share it with your post.

 

 

DAY #3

DAY 3 NOTES (Click to open) "The Cadenza"

 

Once you finish watching the video below…

1. 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 connection – not complexity or perfection.   

2. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and post your answers to the following three questions in the Day 3 thread (I’ll try to pin it to the top of the group page, and you can also find it under Announcements and Photos). The winner will be chosen at random – and I’ll love reading your takeaways!

  1. How is the Cadenza LIKE the Introduction?
  2. How is it DIFFERENT from the Introduction?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from today’s training – and/or what you learned as you played with it?

3. Give love to other challenge participants.

4. If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, now worth 10 nanoboggies on Bogsdort Minor) do the following

  • Share a short video of you playing some part of today’s challenge music (30-40 seconds) and share it with your post.

 

 

Apologies that this video is 17 minutes long – but you don’t need to watch all of it – once you learn that the Cadenza is built on the same idea as the Intro but you just explore it more – that’s all that you need to know – the rest is just various ways you can do that.

DAY #4

DAY 4 NOTES (Click to open) Solidify the SEQUENCE & Tweak the TRANSITIONS

 

Once you finish watching the video below…

1. Spend at least 10 minutes “Marking” the piece (i.e. just establishing each section and then playing the transition to the next) – to solidify the sequence.  What will you have to leave out or slow down in order to stay at your personal level of technical ability and focus on connection – not complexity or perfection.   

2. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and post your answers to the following three questions in the Day 4 thread (I’ll try to pin it to the top of the group page, and you can also find it under Announcements and Photos). The winner will be chosen at random – and I’ll love reading your takeaways!

  1. Which parts of the piece will you leave out or slow down for now – and why?
  2. What does “Blowing” mean (in a jazz arrangement context)?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from today’s training?

3. Give love to other challenge participants.

4. If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, now worth 17 Bargloids  on the 7th moon of Bogsdort Minor) do the following

  • Share a short video of you “Marking” through tune to solidfy the sequence (i.e. briefly establishing each section and transitioning to the next)
  • Share your own script, if you make a different one from mine

 

 

 The PLAY-ALONG portion of this video starts at 3 minutes.

>> Download the Play-along “SCRIPT” here <<

DAY #5

 

CONGRATULATIONS!  You Made it to Day 5!!

You will have until Sunday at MIDNIGHT EDT to complete any of the challenges that you missed and still be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE.

Make sure you put MONDAY at 2:30 PM EST on your calendar for the Grand Prize Celebration because that’s when I’ll tell you what your NEXT steps are!

DAY 5 NOTES (Click to open) Create the EXPERIENCE

 

  • Link here to the Day 5 Post where you can post your answers  
  • DAY 5 WINNER is (TBD)
  • NOTE that even if you haven’t posted every day, you will have the chance to complete all the assignments and be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE – so if you haven’t done them all yet you can do that by MIDNIGHT EDT Sunday. I’ll be picking the Grand Prize on Monday.

Once you finish watching the video below…

1. Spend at least 10 minutes embodying “your” version of the piece. Let go of everything that isn’t working easily and truly EMBODY the parts that are.  Feel the satisfaction of what IS, knowing that, by embodying it, and embracing a sense of completioon, you are opening the door to future dimensions of this piece.

2. Go to our Facebook group: “Harpists who DARE” and post your answers to the following three questions in the Day 5 thread (I’ll try to pin it to the top of the group page, and you can also find it under Announcements and Photos). The winner will be chosen at random – and I’ll love reading your takeaways!

  1. What part of the piece did you choose to fall in love with?
  2. What did that part open up for you as you played the rest of the piece?
  3. What are your takeaways from today?

3. Give love to other challenge participants.

4. If you want to really challenge yourself (and earn extra points, now worth 17 Bargloids  on the 7th moon of Bogsdort Minor) do the following

  • Share a short video of you “Marking” through tune to solidfy the sequence (i.e. briefly establishing each section and transitioning to the next)
  • Share your own script, if you make a different one from mine

 

 

Grand Prize!

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who completed the Challenge.

These are the details of what participants submitted and the deadline (for future reference!)

GRAND PRIZE DETAILS (click to open)

WHAT IS THE GRAND PRIZE??

(Your Choice) 1-on-1 VIP 40-Min Coaching Session with Me OR Free Registration in the 5-Week “Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page” class
$100 Shopping Spree in my Digital Catalog
A Special Hand-Drawn Award Badge — drawn by me for YOU!

HERE’S HOW TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GRAND PRIZE:

A. Complete and post ALL assignments for the 5 days of the challenge in the corresponding threads AFTER you watch the videos for all 5 days (by midnight EDT Sun. May 1).

B. Answer the 3 wrap-up questions as a comment in THIS thread before Midnight EDT on Sun. May 1:

  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 joining in one of my challenges or classes?

C. You can also get an EXTRA ENTRY for the drawing (optional). Read on for how …

 

<< Here’s where you post your Grand Prize Answers >> 

BELOW You’ll Find More Videos from The Challenge

As the Challenge progresses, we’ll post replays from live Q&As and other events below – but you may have to refresh this browser page in order to see it. There’s a link at the top of the page that will help you do that.

Q&A SESSION REPLAY (Sun. May. 1)

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16:27:53 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:
It has been amazon!
16:27:56 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:
amazong
16:31:37 From Mary Misiaszek to Everyone:
Agreed – an amazing challenge!
16:32:04 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Hello everyone.
16:33:40 From Natalie (2)867’82144399 to Everyone:
Hello!
16:34:50 From connieloporto to Everyone:
You can cry MOM, look at all the shoulders you have
16:37:08 From Judy Collins to Everyone:
Hi everyone
16:38:08 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:
ANy recommendations for a double strung. I don’t have levers so I tuned the G on one side sharp and the other side natural. Sadly I couldn’t try strumming. I tried it on my wire but that hurt my fingers
16:38:09 From Karen’s iPad to Everyone:
This is an exact description of my experience.
16:38:41 From jilly to Everyone:
Hi From Wisconsin
16:39:13 From Judy Collins to Everyone:
This challenge has given me the opportunity to become curious again with my playing
16:39:16 From Natalie (2)867’82144399 to Everyone:
What do I do when I have a very tight lever that is difficult ( actually painful) to move?
16:39:33 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Would it be an insult to the music to add another Spanish melody into the credenza for Romance and ty it in.
16:40:14 From Angela to Everyone:
Hi everyone. I think you described well what my experience was. It’s wonderful that we can take it and expand and share and express ourselves through the deconstructed essence of the piece as we construct it (improv) into our own conversation that can change over time.
16:41:38 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:
I had a fantastic time with it and posted one of my practices (day 3 I think) to my chemical sensitivities page and they all loved it so much. It was a bright spot in our very dark lives. That made me feel good. I play slow (as a beginner). This will be a regular when I do bardics! I love the variety in it. It is so much fun to play with even at a beginner level
16:42:35 From Judy Collins to Everyone:
I come from a classical background and find it really hard to trust my own feelings to be able to play improv.
16:42:47 From Faith to Everyone:
This week reinforced my desire to get beyond “advanced beginner”, which is a usual feeling for me. I’m wondering if this desire would be answere by the Support Trainings (Hands-on Harmony, Creating Conducive Conditions, other trainings in the Academy?)
16:42:53 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Romance
16:43:07 From Kimberly to Everyone:
As a beginner, I have struggled most with improvisation because I haven’t felt like I had a strong enough base to move on from. I love the way you give the basic/most simple place to start and then describe some ways to move into improve from there—it creates a safe space to start exploring and actually helps confirm that I do have enough of a base to start the improvisation
16:45:39 From Faith to Everyone:
P.
16:46:32 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Love your harp
16:46:59 From Faith to Everyone:
P.S. I have plenty of improv ideas – I go there all the time when I’m supposed to be practicing, so that’s why I feel a strong need as an advanced beginner to move on technically so I can better express my soaring imagination.
16:48:45 From Judy Collins to Everyone:
Angela mentioned “conversation” and you mentioned stories. I’ve always found it hard to physically express mown thoughts.
16:48:56 From Joke Verdoold to Everyone:
I played it for a new client, when I had to get her mind out of the problem setting. Telling that it was an improvisation on a structure, and that is what live should be. It worked magical on her!
16:49:34 From Judy Collins to Everyone:
Yes its the fluency that I find really difficult
16:50:07 From Lawrence to Everyone:
Opens more possibilities!
16:50:12 From Tammy H to Everyone:
Gives more possibilities
16:50:31 From connieloporto to Everyone:
I had troubles with the tremors and thinking too much on placement I went to just two fingers to process the flow and creativeness. Then worked on placement
16:52:26 From Susan Johnston to Everyone:
<< Slow down – there’s the power >> THAT is the message I need to hear every single day. (On and off the harp.) Thanks.
16:55:17 From Lawrence to Everyone:
For me the most risky place is the quick end of the first melodic phrase, CBCBA if I get going a little fast.. It is often a major flub for me. Is there a good easier alternative to that place in the melody?
16:55:30 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Shelley F. Course can help the beginners
16:56:35 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Creativity has a lot to offer too.
16:58:01 From jilly to Everyone:
Thank you Deborah! This was wonderful and such fun!
17:07:27 From Natalie (2)867’82144399 to Everyone:
That is generally how I practice and play( I break away from ‘ the page even though I can read and such, I just “ hear” other ideas and see other forms”, yet sometimes I worry that I am not learning proper technique and repertoire as a result.I’m a composer in my heart ( and tend to do so with piano,) but wonder if I am letting my ADD and wandering get in the way of getting through pieces. If I had my way, I would deconstruct every piece of music Im working on with the approach of the five week challenge, which is why this resonated with me so much.I also know I need to be somewhat disciplined to a degree as well.
17:08:51 From Kimberly to Everyone:
Deborah, the ending of the show was just amazing in this iteration!!!
17:09:23 From Nancy Cochran to Everyone:
Deborah – You answered my query: How The Golden cage inspired your reaction for future.
17:13:12 From Angela to Everyone:
that love song to the harp is beautiful!
17:15:34 From connieloporto to Everyone:
I love what you did with “Don’t Get Caught Anywhere, Don’t Get Caught”. Lead to many directions
17:19:22 From Karen’s iPad to Everyone:
I love the idea of starting with something small and letting it get to you. That seems to me to be a source of fluency and creativity.
17:19:29 From Elizabeth Murphy to Everyone:
We should pay more attention to random inspiration. If we play around with the idea, it can open us up to more possibilities…even as a beginner!
17:24:07 From Natalie (2)867’82144399 to Everyone:
So, it’s normal and okay not to feel completely connected to your harp? Because it’s a real struggle for me.I am envious of the relationship most have with harps and seem to add to their proficiency ( and enjoyment) while I question a great deal of the time if I am making a mistake embarking on a journey with mine. It’s difficult because after years of health and physical tribulations and saving up for one, feeling I was compelled to play- like literally being called to play harp- it has been crushing to go through so many problems and disconnects with it. Violin, viola felt like sort of a extension at one time, piano is a warm hug,blanket…harp, we are in getting to know each other I guess?
17:24:56 From Tammy H to Everyone:
https://www.hipharp.com/academy/
17:27:18 From Tammy H to Everyone:
https://www.hipharp.com/academy/bfbp-info-page/
17:27:28 From Lyn Thompson to Everyone:
Thank you so much. I need to sign off.
17:27:38 From Faith to Everyone:
After joining the Academy I realized after a few weeks that I could stop trying to find a therapist. The encouragement from DHC,, community support, and realizing I could partake in the classes regardless of my technical expertise. A great feeling after years of struggling with that and almost giving up the harp.
17:31:49 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Deborah, so glad you found that support, and you followed your dream and shared it with everyone. Surprise you were not alone.
17:32:11 From Angela to Everyone:
Such a meaningful conversation. Thank you so much! Your investment to allow musicians to embrace their own music and identity is greatly appreciated!
17:33:54 From Joan Davidson to Everyone:
Sounds so right that you were able to get the support to help you with your musical
17:34:17 From Joan Davidson to Everyone:
Just as you give us such wonderful support.
17:35:22 From Joke Verdoold to Everyone:
Thanks Deborah, I had a tremendous week, playing around with all the different parts and ideas. Now I have to sing off. See you all tomorrow.
17:35:26 From Joan Davidson to Everyone:
I enjoyed doing the challenge for the second time. Just as much fun and with more depth.
17:36:05 From Joan Davidson to Everyone:
Thank you again Deborah.
17:36:22 From Cynthia’s iPad 2 (2) to Everyone:
Thanks Deborah!
17:36:43 From Mary Misiaszek to Everyone:
Thank you for everything – so much food for thought!
17:39:51 From Tammy H to Everyone:
Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page link https://www.hipharp.com/academy/bfbp-info-page/
Hip Harp Academy link https://www.hipharp.com/academy/
17:40:21 From Katerina Sarieva to Everyone:
Thank you Deborah and all asking questions. This helps me to understand a lot more about this challenge. It was something new to me and it took me out of the routine!
17:43:43 From Katerina Sarieva to Everyone:
I also learn from you about life (I’m 16 years old so I don’t have many experience haha) I’ll absolutely take notes and i’ll try to bring these somehow in my life later or sooner. Thank you all!
17:44:41 From Natalie (2)867’82144399 to Everyone:
Thank you so much for that❤️( crying right now- in a good way) and thank you for your guidance through this wonderful workshop
17:44:48 From Janet M to Everyone:
I had so much fun working on this challenge, looking forward to BF beyond the page
17:45:08 From Judy Collins to Everyone:
Thank you bye
17:45:15 From Karen’s iPad to Everyone:
Thank you so much!
17:45:20 From Joan Davidson to Everyone:
💐💐💐
17:45:23 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:
Thank you for doing these amazing workshops. I am so pleased you were able to realize your dream in NY!
17:45:30 From Nancy Cochran to Everyone:
Thank you so much, Deborah! A wonderful conversation for music and for Life.
17:45:52 From Elizabeth Murphy to Everyone:
Many thanks for all you do for us! You are very much appreciated!
17:45:58 From connieloporto to Everyone:
You have a safe trip home.
17:46:55 From connieloporto to Everyone:
Wow! We had a full house today.
17:47:35 From Tammy H to Everyone:
Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page link https://www.hipharp.com/academy/bfbp-info-page/
Hip Harp Academy link https://www.hipharp.com/academy/
17:47:35 From Nancy Cochran to Everyone:
Deborah – Are you still in New York? –
17:47:51 From Alex Alexander to Everyone:
Aloha Deborah and Mahalo
17:47:52 From Nancy Cochran to Everyone:
Where?
17:48:34 From Alex Alexander to Everyone:
Go to the Met, while you are so close…. Aloha~
18:01:33 From Faith to Everyone:
I have to leave but thanks everyone – always great to connect!

GRAND PRIZE CELEBRATION & Q&A ~ REPLAY (Mon. May 2)

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14:27:02 From connieloporto to Everyone:

Hello, early birds

14:32:53 From Mary Misiaszek to Everyone:

Oh no! Cracked seen is no fun!

14:33:55 From connieloporto to Everyone:

I honestly thought Joke said bust

14:34:40 From Mary Misiaszek to Everyone:

Will we still have access to the Harpists Who Dare Facebook group?

14:35:13 From Colleen Jones (she/her) to Everyone:

I realized when I was going through the challenges that I don’t have a lever on the G strings! I kind of ignored it and played an A instead, but I don’t think that will work for the introduction. Any suggestions for how to workaround that?

14:37:04 From Julia’s iPad Pro to Everyone:

Wow, that truly was a beautiful story Joke! So inspiring!

14:39:45 From Natalie (2)867’82144399 to Everyone:

That is lovely, Joke! ( and so kind of you to work with the young adults)

14:41:15 From Colleen Jones (she/her) to Everyone:

I’m a beginner with a 26-string rental harp

14:45:38 From Colleen Jones (she/her) to Everyone:

Retune the string to G#, don’t play the G, work around with different chords using G?

14:45:45 From Angela to Everyone:

I love your approach…get creative. think out of the box. try something else. change what you have. try something new. explore.

14:46:02 From connieloporto to Everyone:

Or substitute

14:46:05 From Judy Collins to Everyone:

We can leave it out and work around it

14:46:09 From Joke Verdoold to Everyone:

!. retune, 2 accept/ignore, 3, don’t play it

14:46:40 From Lawrence to Everyone:

Sing on an open vowel?

14:47:45 From Natalie to Everyone:

Not for this specifically,  but in other instances would it be okay to play the e harmonic equivalent if the lever is not “available”?

14:48:05 From Natalie to Everyone:

* enharmonic

14:48:46 From Lawrence to Everyone:

Or Ah instead of La

14:49:15 From connieloporto to Everyone:

I left my lever up  and went  around it for the restBut I don’t play it traditionally

14:51:02 From Nancy C’s Laptop to Everyone:

From umpteen trainings with you, I’ve learned to do this playing muted with the Sunday Zoom strings chamber ensemble group.

14:51:52 From Natalie to Everyone:

I did actually do the harmonics, too ..but it has been kind of difficult!

14:52:37 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:

sharping ring ix what the Paraguayan harps use

14:53:12 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:

our harps are tuned a lot tighter than a paraguayan

14:53:30 From Nancy C’s Laptop to Everyone:

There is also a lever raiser took.

14:54:46 From Betty Herloski to Everyone:

When I play my little harp I play in Dm with C#

14:57:51 From Sally to Everyone:

I knew this piece prior to taking the early Baroque Flamenco bootcamp. I wish I had waited till the class to learn it. So beautifully taught and breaks it down to its bare bones. Amazing

15:02:22 From connieloporto to Everyone:

I purchased the Nightingale course.  But with internet issues did not get to use it.  It expired.  They are setting in fibre now so we will see great internet soon. Loved the Blueprints for Creativity.

15:02:45 From connieloporto to Everyone:

DHC earrings yaaaa. I think she sleep in them

15:03:10 From Kimberly to Everyone:

I won some freedom to move away from the notes on the page and not stress about it!

15:03:37 From Tammy H to Everyone:

Confidence to play what I can where I’m at right now with my Harp playing

15:03:52 From Betty Herloski to Everyone:

Being able to break down music to its structure and able that to other pieces.

15:03:53 From Joke Verdoold to Everyone:

More freedom in playing, without bother.

15:04:51 From Karen’s iPad to Everyone:

I won the idea of a script or other tool that is far away from notes.

15:04:59 From Faith to Everyone:

I won the confidence to believe I could learn a piece and improvise on it with total freedom and also the encouragement to improve my technical prowess.

15:05:01 From Lawrence to Everyone:

We have learned how to simplify many things for easier playability. I appreciated the permission to simplify the signature Baroque Flamenco tune to make it more playable.

15:05:06 From Kristen Barry to Everyone:

I won the joy of bringing light thru music to other people. I am a beginner so the connection not perfection is great. And they don’t know if I flub it!

15:05:18 From Karen’s iPad to Everyone:

Yes

15:05:22 From connieloporto to Everyone:

I won  won won.  With challenges, a place to be creative being me. And learning new tools and expressive means

15:05:30 From Angela to Everyone:

a week of learning together, connecting, and learning to approach a piece differently…a mindset shift

15:05:43 From Judy Collins to Everyone:

I won a connection with people at the local markets by playing a simple version of the Baroque Flamenco on Saturday morning.

15:07:02 From connieloporto to Everyone:

I have difficulties, holding hands up and learning from a sheet or waiting for the next piece.  Your methods give us small pieces to memorize and teach us the means to connect the dots.

15:07:38 From Julia’s iPad Pro to Everyone:

I won super joy & inspiration! This challenge was so much fun and a wonderful way to connect with and learn from fellow harpists from around the world.

15:07:38 From Judy Collins to Everyone:

And I’ve won the motivation to take your Bootcamp

15:07:53 From Joan Davidson to Everyone:

I won all of these things that everyone else has won. What great luck!

15:09:04 From Katerina Sarieva to Everyone:

I won the confidence that I’m able to be creative and improvise and it really sounds good even at the moment. I won a chance to break my practice routine. I won a great experience and new harp community

15:09:29 From Natalie to Everyone:

I gained the ability to let go of needing to hold myself to a particular set of standards and parameters while learning a new instrument,while allowing myself to “let go” and “be me”as I improvise  in the safety of a supportive space.

15:10:17 From Faith to Everyone:

I also learned that my habitual noodling (which I much preferred to formal practice) was not only acceptable, but encouraged! Even though I can easily read music, I always preferred noodling, and DHC’s approach gives me a foundation for my noodling. foundation and a

15:12:15 From Colleen Jones (she/her) to Everyone:

This has been fabulous, but I have to dash as my food has arrived! 🙂

15:13:00 From Angela to Everyone:

Q: Any advice on how to create our own blue print/script from sheet music of pieces we are learning?

15:13:01 From Nancy C’s Laptop to Everyone:

I, also, learned  to be open to freedom, and  to adapt and dance and  sing with a harp. More Joyful, expressive, also meditative..

15:16:05 From Angela to Everyone:

1. look for repetition (melodies and bass notes especially strong beats)

15:16:50 From Angela to Everyone:

haha that would be my approach to have highlighters out! helpful to think of what to leave out.

15:17:48 From Angela to Everyone:

Thank you that is very helpful! 1. repetition 2. non musician look 3. patterns.

15:18:35 From Mary Misiaszek to Everyone:

Cannot believe how much I have learned – thank you for this amazing opportunity !

15:19:12 From connieloporto to Everyone:

Safe trip,  don’t forget to pack your stuffs and pillows towels

15:19:26 From connieloporto to Everyone:

Yaaaa Rowena

15:19:42 From Natalie to Everyone:

I really hope to be able to participate in the academy at some point, if I’m ever able to afford it,I certainly will! ( I just wanted you to know that)

15:19:42 From Kimberly to Everyone:

Thank you once again for a fabulous challenge!!

15:20:31 From Natalie to Everyone:

And yes, that when I read/ hear what others in the community are are saying ( including you) it resonates to the core

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