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- 230525 [HTL- 101] Harp Time Live-101st-session-Creative-Resonance-May 25-2023 (230525)Harp Time Live - 101st Episode With our Harps tuned to the Key of C =>Looked at Baroque Flamenco and it's different sections.
- 230323 [HTL- 100] Harp Time Live-100th-session-Creative-Resonance-Mar 23-2023 (230223)Harp Time Live - 100th Episode With our Harps tuned to the Key of C =>We did a 2 part Snippet
- [HTL-99] Harp Time Live-Modes- Creative-Resonance-Feb 23-2023 (230223)Harp Time Live - With our Harps tuned to the Key of C =>We are looking at Modes - Mixolydian Mode foundation of G. =>DHC demonstrated and broke down how to do embellishments on the harp.
- [HTL-98] Harp Time Live-Modes- Creative-Resonance-2023 (230126)Harp Time Live - With our Harps tuned to the Key of C We are looking at Modes
- [HTL-97] Harp Time Live-Holiday Special-Video-Greeting-Cards-2022 (221215)Harp Time Live - With our Harps tuned to the Key of Eb. We are looking at Creating Holiday Greeting Cards
- [HTL-96] Harp Time Live-Holiday Special-HHT-JFH-HHA-2022 (221208)Harp Time Live - With our Harps tuned to the Key of C. We are looking at improvising with the song Joy to the World using simple chords.
- [HTL-95] Harp Time Live-Structure Is Freedom-HHT-JFH-HHA-2022 (221027)Harp Time Live - With our Harps tuned to the Key of C. We are looking at a Calypso rhythm using 3 simple chords
- [HTL-94] Harp Improv Challenge-SOI-BHS-HHA-2022 (220922)Harp Time Live - We're getting ready for the 5-Day Harp Improv Challenge starting Sep 26, 2022. With our Harps tuned to the Key of C. Today we had a sneak peak and looked at a Power Progression of 1 - 6 - 4 - 2 - 5 adding shapes, patterns and rhythms.
- [HTL-93] Summer-of-Improve-Blues-Harp-Style-Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220825)Summer of Improve Harp Time Live - BLUES JAM SESSION It’s all about repetition, patterns and most of all having FUN! Your harp is tuned in C major - we are playing in D Dorian using a Pentatonic Scale starting on D We are doing a call and response - DHC will play something and you will play it back
- [HTL-92] Summer-of-Improve-Blues-Harp-Style-Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220728)Summer of Improve Blues Harp Time Live It’s all about repetition, patterns and most of all having FUN! Your harp is tuned in C major - we are playing in D Dorian using a Pentatonic Scale starting on D We are doing a call and response - DHC will play something and you will play it back
- [HTL-91] Special-Bluesy-Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220707)Special Bluesy Harp Time Live It’s all about repetition, patterns and most of all having FUN! Hip Harp Academy has a brand new BLUES JAM HARP Camp that started Tue. Jul 5, 2022.
- [HTL-90] Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220623)In Harp Time Live today we're going to play the Blues.
- [HTL-89] Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220526)In Harp Time Live today we did a Musical Game with the Baroque Flamenco melody
- [HTL-88] Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220324)Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220324)
- [HTL-87] Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220224)Harp-Time-Live-HHA-2022 (220224)
- [HTL-86] Blues-Meets-You-Are-My-Sunshine-with-Shapes-HHA-2022 (220127)In Harp Time Live today we did a Mash up of a D Blues and “You Are My Sunshine”
- [HTL-85] G-Bass-Downwards-FanFare-with-6th&3rd-chord-HHA-2021(211216)In which we created a kind of Holiday Intro / Cascading-Downwards Fanfare
- [HTL-84] Sit-on-G-Intro-Angels-on-High-HHA-2021 (211118)In which we play Angels on High
- [HTL-83] 1251-inCMaj-then-in-Amin (211021)In which we play 1251 in C Maj then in A min.
- [HTL-82] 2516-2511-in-different-rhythms (210923)In which we play 2516-2511 in different rhythms.
- [HTL-81] 1625-3625 (210701)In which we play 1625-3625.
- [HTL-80] 1625-3625-14-2of6-5of6-6-5sus (210624)In which play the modulating progression: 1625-3625-14-2of6-5of6-6-5sus or ... C-Am-Dm-G Em-Am-Em-G C-F-Bm7 (b5) - E7(95) - Am - G sus
- [HTL-79] Califypso (210617)In which play Califypso again!
- [HTL-78] Dm9 – Am9 Bluesy (210610)In which create a simple Bluesy vamp from two chords (Dm9 - Am9 no 3) and then apply the basic patterns of Bluesy melodic improvisation: pentatonic scale, bending the 4 of the key we're playing in, raising the 4)
- [HTL-77] You Are My Sunshine – Play by Numbers – with Interludes (210603)In which we play "You are my Sunshine" by numbers - and then, on the fly - create spontaneous improvised interludes between each verse, playing it all completely by numbers!
- [HTL-76] Cielito Lindo – Play by Numbers – in C & G (210527)In which we play (and sing very badly) Cielito Lindo - playing by the numbers - first in the key of C and then in the key of G.
- [HTL-75] 2516 Bossa Modulating from C-G-C (210520)In which we play the progression- 2-5-1-6 as a Bossa Modulating from C-G-C
- [HTL-74] Baroque Flamenco Bellica-Bellica-Belly-Belly-Belly Soundboard Percussion (210513)In which we use the words "Bellica-Bellica-Belly-Belly-Belly" to internalize the rhythm of the Baroque Flamenco variations, the Cadenza and the soundboard slaps
- [HTL-73] Modulate from C to G with 2516-2511 (210506)In which we modulate back and forth between the key of C Major and the key of G Major using the progression 2516-2511 (the "Power Progression" from the Harp Improv Challenge)
- [HTL-72] Modulate from C to F with 2516-2511 (210429)In which we modulate back and forth between the key of C Major and the key of G Major using the progression 2516-2511 (the "Power Progression" from the Harp Improv Challenge)
- [HTL-71] Descending Basslines: A minor // C9 and F9 (210422)In which we develop a new sequence as we go along! It started as the Am-Gmaj-Fmaj-Esus4 blowing sequence from "Baroque Flamenco" but when I decided to shift it into the major mode, something completely different happened! We ended up with a beautiful descending bassline sequence with a C9 chord, then shifted it up to F9, then back to C9, then back to A minor and suddenly it wasn't just a chord progression, it was MUSIC!
- [HTL-70] Baroque Flamenco RUNTHROUGHS (A BF5DC Challenge Event) (210415)In which we worked on "Runthroughs" of Baroque Flamenco, focusing on SOLIDIFYING the SEQUENCE - and TWEAKING the TRANSITIONS
- [HTL-69] Baroque Flamenco RHYTHM at Somerset Square Field Trip (210408)In which we went on another field trip to Somerset Square virtual festival site and learned to play the Mexican Triple-Waltz RHYTHM of Baroque Flamenco.
- [HTL-68] Baroque Flamenco FORM at Somerset Square Field Trip (210401)In which we went on a field trip to Somerset Square virtual festival site and learned to play through the form of Baroque Flamenco.
- [HTL-67] Drunken Sailor Rondo & Somerset Square Field Trip Promo (210325)In which we learn to play a Celtic-Inspired Rondo based on "Drunken Sailor" - with a funky improv section.
- [HTL-66] Califypso (210318)In which we learn to play "Califypso" (aka "California Calypso"), a Calypso in Rondo Form, including learning the melody, the blowing section and how to to 'strum' a chord using the autoharp technique
- [HTL-65] Bossa Nova Drill with 2-5-1-6 (210311)In which we play a Bossa Nova drill over and over and over and over on the chord progression 2-5-1-6 (from "5-Day Improv Challenge")
- [HTL-64A&B] Meet My TEDx Coach Kevin Cummiskey & Play You Are my Sunshine (210304)In which we meet my TEDx Coach, Kevin Cummiskey for an impromptu Q&A - and then play a Latin Rhythm version of "You Are my Sunshine"
- [HTL-63] Dmin Pentatonic Improv (210225)In which we play a D min Pentatonic Improv - with the Harps tuned in C
- [HTL-62] Baroque Flamenco (210218)In which we learn the BASICS of creating "Baroque Flamenco"
- [HTL-61] Video Valentine with a Bluesy Twist (210211)In which we learn the BASICS of creating a Video Valentine with the Tunes "Love Me Tender" and "Those Were the Days, My Friend".
- [HTL-60] Video Valentine Basics (210204)In which we learn the BASICS of creating a Video Valentine with the Tunes "Love Me Tender" and "Those Were the Days, My Friend".
- [HTL-59] You Are My Sunshine Video Valentine with a Vamp (210128)In which we learn to create a video valenine that uses the tune "You Are My Sunshine" and a vamp.
- [HTL-58] Strings of Passion Applied to A Mixolydian Vamp (210121)In which we start from two chords, spelled just below middle C: GAD and FGC - and we start building out an arrangement, first adding a bass (just a G), then adding melodies, then creating a kind of musical form/game with a 4-Bar chorus and alternate sections where we play just bass, then just melody, then melody and accompaniment, then just melody and bass -- and all along, we're going through the 7 strings of passion (Impulse, Structure, Character, Roles, Practice(s), Deconstruction & Lift Off) to apply the principles to what we're playing.
- [HTL-57] Calypso 1415 & 4151 (210114)In which we learn to play 3-note 'smooth move' chords (from "Sing & Play Harp") on C, F & G, then change their inversion, then add Calypso bassline & rhythm and play, play, play.
- [HTL-56] Vision Music Suite (210107)In which we go through all the motifs in the "Vision Music" project (from the Vision-to-Action Challenge) and play them one after another, as a suite.
- [HTL-55] Auld Lang Syne – by the numbers (2012131)In which we learn to play Auld Lang Syne by the numbers.
- [HTL-54] Silent Night Glissandos and Angels on High (2012124)In which we learn the all-glissando version of Silent Night from DHC's "15 Days of Silent Night" project and how to play "Angels We have Heard on High" from "Lead Sheet Bootcamp"
- [HTL-53] Happy Birthday! (201217)In which we learn to play Happy Birthday for someone we love ... and make a big deal out of it!
- [HTL-52] Video Hanukkah Card & Fanfare Intro (201210)In which we learn to play the song Dreidel Dreidel and create a Video Hanukkah Card with it. We also learn to play a "Fanfare" intro (even though it's probably not an effective intro for this song)
- [HTL-51] Holiday Video Greeting Cards (201203)In which we learn to make Holiday Video Greeting Cards
- [HTL-50] God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Meditation (201119)In which we learn to create a minor meditation on the tune "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
- [HTL-49] Silent Night Jazz Waltz (201112)In which we learn to create a Jazz Waltz vamp on the first two chords of "Silent Night" (C & F), building them as 1-5-7 chords and adding the jazz-waltz rhythm. Then playing the tune as a jazz-waltz and using the vamp as an improv section.
- [HTL-48] Jingle Bells Samba – As a Holiday Video Greeting (201106)In which we learn to "Jingle Bells" as a (slowed-down) Samba, then put it into an arrangement that we can use as a Personalized Video Greeting Card
- [HTL-47] Love Gone Bad (201029)In which we learn to play the vamp and song form of “Love Gone Bad”.
- [HTL-46] Angels We Have Heard on High (201022)In which we learn to play “Angels We Have Heard on High”.
- [HTL-45] Congratulations, You Made it This Far (201015)In which we learn to play "Congratulations, You Made it This Far" - the Birthday Song for the Birthdays you don't always want to have!
- [HTL-44] Rhythm Changes Prep for YouTube Playalongs (201008)In which we learn to play "Rhythm Changes" well enough to be able to play with YouTube backing tracks.
- [HTL-43] D7#9Groove-inEb-raiseF-belowMidC-and-fills (201001)In which we work on a one-chord groove: D7#9 Groove with our harps in Eb, raising the F# below middle C and working on fills
- [HTL-42] Tango in A minor (200924)In which we play Deborah Henson-Conant's Tango in A minor from the "Blueprint for Improv" Playsheet. Tuning: Put your harp in C major / A minor. You'll need to raise at least one of your G's to G# for this tune (you'll find out which one in the video!)
- [HTL-41] Bossa Dmin-Gsus Workout (2009117)In which we do a workout with a Bossa Nova progression on ||: D min - G sus :||where th RH stays on the same notes and the LH changes LH: D-A RH: F-A-C-E // LH: G-D RH: F-A-C-E
- [HTL-40] La Bamba Progression Modulate C > G (200910)In which we play the "La Bamba" Progression in C (CFG) and then modulate to G (GCD) and then back, adding a little physical workout at the end of each phrase
- [HTL-39] Power Progression (2-5-1) in C (200903)In which we play with the Power Progression (Don’t Get Caught …) including making melodies with a Bossa version
- [HTL-38] Shaping & Timing Glisses with Shifting Basslines (200827)In which we shape glisses - so they're 'timed' to fit in one measure, or two, or four - and also change the bass note to change the harmonic reference.
- [HTL-37] AGFE-SlapBass-Bassline-with-Blues-Melodic-Riffs (200820)In which learn to play a slap-bass bassline of A-G-F-E. Then we ALTERNATE it with playing Blues-type riffs in this order - and in between each experiment, we played the bassline twice. 1. Pentatonic Scale (From top down: DCAGFD). 2. Bend the D to D# 3. Bend the D to D# with a G above it 4. Set D's to D# and play D# E G
- [HTL-36] Sing Amazing Grace in C with a Picking Pattern (200813)In which learn a picking pattern (arpeggiated accompaniment pattern) and play Amazing Grace in the key of C.
- [HTL-35] Scales & Pivots over a Harmonic Sequence (200806)In which learn to create melodies 'mechanically' from scales and pivots, and then we build a harmonic sequence to support that melodic noodling. This 'sequence' is longer and more complex than just a vamp. It combines a vamp - the part that gets repeated - with a kind of 'break' Gsus (Intro) ||: C (EAD). F (ADG) :|| Am. Am/G. F. Dm Gsus
- [HTL-34] Looped Arpeggiated Vamp (200730)In which we create a vamp from two arpeggiated chords. Each had a bass note, 3 notes in the RH and then the LH jumps up to play a note above the RH: #1: LH:A RH:DEA LH: D (above) #2: LH:A RH:CDG LH:B (above) We looped this and then improvised melodically over it.
- [HTL-33B] Bossa F & C (200723)In which we learn a 2-Chord Bossa Nova progression: LH: F-C RH: A-C-E // LH: C-G RH: F#-Bb-E
- [HTL-33A] No-Wrong-Note Gliss (200715)In which we learn a 2-Chord Bossa Nova progression: LH: F-C RH: A-C-E // LH: C-G RH: F#-Bb-E
- [HTL-32] Power Progression: 2-5-1 in the full progression 2-5-1-6 2-5-1-1 (200716)In which we learn to build the power progression that will help us modulate from any key to any other key.
- [HTL-31] Low Stress No Wrong Note Gliss Improv (200714)ln which we create a gliss by raising the G & D Levers and then toggle the C lever to get an alternating gliss we can improvise freely with
- [HTL-30] Build a Song: Sail Me Away! (200702)In which we create a song – and an arrangement of that song using an intro, melody, instrumental improv and ending.
- [HTL-29] Build-a-Song: Sun Shiny Day (200630)In which we create a song – and an arrangement of that song using an intro, melody, instrumental improv and ending. Watch it to see how we built it and what arrangement we finally used.
- [HTL-28B] How to Build a Solo Line (200625)We reviewed the ‘ingredients’ for an improv ‘solo’ line and then had fun ‘shaping’ those into an arc.
- [HTL-28A] ZOOM Games (200625)At the request of Somerset Harp Festival, we created a fun introduction to how to use Zoom, and then followed it with some Zoom Video Games.
- [HTL-27] Summertime! (200623)We learned how to play and sing “Summertime” – it took a few tries to find the right chords! We learned it’s a 16-Bar Blues – and not a 12-Bar Blues!
- [HTL-26] Sequences (200618)How the same 3 notes used in sequences can be very different with different grooves like Rock Me Baby and the Nightingale
- [HTL-25] Heartbeat (200616)We took one chord (Dm7) and focused on the heartbeat of the rhythm when we play it as a slap bass, a comping chord or melodically.
- [HTL-24] Califypso (200611)This tune alternates a calypso melody with a fun chord progression and even some strumming techniques
- [HTL-23] Rock Me Baby – with a Break (1 Bar Blues) (200609)This classic Blues groove is only one bar long - it's great for learning melodic soloing
- [HTL-22] CFCG from Mellow to Calypso (200604)This classic Blues groove is only one bar long - it's great for learning melodic soloing
- [HTL-21] Fever-Like Groove (200602)There's a groove and chord progression used in the tune "Fever" that's used with other pieces as well. In this session we play the groove and then create a musical form around it.
- [HTL-20]-200528-A Min Samba with D7-E7 Release HHA-2020First we learned the basic vamp structure (Am - Am/G# - Am/G - Am/G#) Then we added a samba feel and a 'release' section (||: D7 - E7 :||) with a count-in to get back to the vamp. And a kerfuffle at the end. We did call-and-response during the vamp section, over the looped accompaniment. For the release sections, I comped for everyone.
- [HTL-19] Extending Chords and Altering the Dominant(200526)Extending chords (I, vi, ii, etc) & Altering the Dominant
- [HTL-18]-200521-5/4 Meter in E minor Getting the Feel & Improvising HHA-20205/4 Meter in E minor Getting the Feel & Improvising
- [HTL-17]-200519-Nightingale vs Blues-May 19, 2020-HHA-2020Nightingale vs Blues
- [HTL-16]-200514-Blues in D Dorian with Call & Response Melodies May 14, 2020-HHA-2020Blues in D Dorian with Call & Response Melodies (to a pre-recorded groove)
- [HTL-15]-200512-Stride Left Hand- May 12, 2020-HHA-2020Nightingale vs BluesStride Left Hand (Bass & Comp in one hand) with Melodic Noodling – in a meditative style, and then more upbeat
- [HTL-13/14]-200505 or 07-Blues in D Workout Tue. May 5 OR Thu. May 7, 2020-HHA-2020Blues in D Workout (We lost either #13 or #14 – we don’t know which) Tue. May 5 OR Thu. May 7, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “Stride Bass Meets Satie”
Tue. Apr. 28, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
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Heather asked for a way to practice the stride bass so I came up with a simple two-chord pattern that we could practice with — one that can be used in a meditative improv, or a more rhythmic improv.
 “Baroque Flamenco Simple-Form Improv & Workout”
Thu. Apr. 30, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
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To get our energy up today, we learned a simplified version of the basic “Baroque Flamenco” form, and how to shift between the two sections, then did a playing workout playing through it.
 Blues Workout in D Dorian: 12 Bars Alternating Bass, Comping & Pentatonic Melody
Tue. Apr. 21, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 G Blues Groove Workout – Bass-Comp-Melody
Thu. Apr. 23, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 Amin-to-Dmin Bassline Groove
Tue. Apr. 14, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 1-4-1-5 Funky Groove Playalong in C
Thu. Apr. 16, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 D min > A min Vamp
Tue. Apr. 7, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
Thu. Apr. 9, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “Minor Blues” Call & Response
Tue. Mar. 31, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “2514736” Bossa
Thu. Apr. 2, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “2516” Call & Response Vamp
Tue. Mar. 24, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
 “2516” Modulating (C&G)
Thu. Mar. 26, 2020 ~ 4:30 pm EDT
Open Me for Some Important Notes
After this session, we all realized that the session would have been easier if everyone had the following little map
1. PLAY the 2516-2511* Progression in the Key of C for 8 Bars: Dm G C Am – Dm G C C
2. “Transition” in the relative minor while changing your levers or pedals (change F’s to F#’s) for 8 bars: Am
3. PLAY Ithe 2516-2511* Progression in the Key of G for 8 Bars: Am D G Em – Am D G G
4. “Transition” in the relative minor while changing your levers (change F#’s to F’s) for 8 bars: Em
Rinse & Repeat (but don’t actually rinse)
We realize that we’d like to have a more gracious transition in future sessions but everyone liked knowing that you can modulate into a new key using the “two-five-one”
*in official musical writing this would probably look more like this: ii V I vi – ii V I I