FREEDOM from notes on the page!
Lead Sheet Bootcamp!
An IMPROV INTENSIVE
with Deborah Henson-Conant
Now take the full retreat at your own pace including Basic Training, Bootcamp Sessions and Repertoire Jams.
PLUS RESOURCES like “Chord Symbol Anatomy,” “Left Hand Patterns“and “Chord Spelling“
What if you could …
What if you could instantly expand your repertoire with new tunes in styles from Celtic to Classical to Blues? What if you could add improv to the tunes you already play?
How can some people just sit down and create an entire piece of music from no more than a single-line melody and a few chords?
Do they have some magic ability you don’t … or is it something you could learn? To just sit down and PLAY the tunes you love – not painstakingly ‘work on a new piece’ but just sit down and play it.
“Lead Sheets” are the Roadmaps that musicians use to improvise – and they’re easy to read if you know how. Hundreds of harp players learned the foundations of playing from a lead sheet in just 5 days during my recent “5-Day Harp IMPROV Challenge.”
YOU can learn it, too – and then take that basic skill and use it to create an endless stream of repertoire – from Celtic to Classical to Blues. Tunes you can just sit down and play – creating YOUR OWN liberating, FUN, creative improvisation.
Trying to perfect every single note is what keeps us from playing with fluency. Getting over the hump to play FLUENTLY can be a challenge! That’s why we do it TOGETHER. Yes, even in the self-paced replay version, you play ALONG, you learn while doing it – and you keep going. That’s what gives you FREEDOM.
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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 “Lead Sheet Bootcamp Retreat ” PLUS over a dozen other classes, including Hip Harp Toolkit / Arrange Yourself, Vamps & Loops, Jazz for Harps, Harp Jam, New Blues Beyond the Page, The Nightingale Beyond the Page, Strings of Passion, Baroque Flamenco Beyond the Page PLUS new classes we’re adding regularly. If you have questions about how the Academy works, just email using my Ask a Question Form.
When I thought about what would MOST empower harpists, it’s the ability to read from lead sheets, enriching the melodies with accompaniment and then expanding them into multi-part arrangements.
Why Musicians Love Lead Sheets
Imagine you’re sitting at your harp joyously playing song after song, never turning a page and playing each song for 3 or 4 minutes! Or spinning it out into a 5 minute therapeutic improv.
On your music stand is a binder. Each page in the binder is one song. Each song is a single-line melody with chords written above it. Just a simple melody and chords.
But YOU are playing a full, rich 2-handed arrangement — with an introduction, an improv section, and a melody everyone loves — and you’re improvising it all using a simple creative formula you can use over and over. And each time you use that formula, the music is different, new, fresh – improvised.
This is what it means to play from lead sheet. Anyone has the technical ability to do it as soon they have basic facility on their instrument. BUT you need to know the FORMULA, the PROCESS for applying it AND the PRACTICE of going through it over and over. That’s exactly what you’ll be doing in Lead Sheet Boot Camp.
How it Works
The first thing to know is that turning a lead sheet into a full arrangement has two parts:
- Enriching the melody by adding accompaniment and bass – this is where knowing what to do with the chords above the melody come in)
- Expanding that melody into a multi-part arrangement that can be as long or short as you want. Here’s where you get to be really creative!
You’ll learn to do both these things in the first session of Lead Sheet Boot Camp.
And that’s just the beginning.
Here’s why we call it a Boot Camp…
Knowing how to do it and actually doing it are two different things.
It’s kinda like losing weight. Knowing how to do it doesn’t make the difference. Actually doing it is what’s key. And it’s hard to do that alone. It’s much more FUN and more successful when you do it in a supportive environment with other people.
That’s how we do it in Lead Sheet Boot Camp.
I discovered the secret of teaching this way with my “Hip Harp Academy” during a holiday season. I gave my students a collection of Holiday lead sheets and we all just sat down and played — virtually – over and over and over – together.
The students said they loved this way of learning because they could actually experience using the process with any tune by practicing it over and over with the tunes I gave them.
And we did it TOGETHER. That meant they really learned the process instead of stopping and fussing with it. And that meant they could ask questions.
And because we did it over and over – each time adding new complexities, the less advanced students got to keep repeating the simpler steps, while the more advanced students got to embellish it. Everyone was playing together – with me – but each person could find their own playing level.
In this powerful program, in addition to learning the Enrich-and-Expand process, you’ll get tips like these:
- How to use ‘cookie cutter’ chord shape
- How to avoid lever changes
- How to reduce the notes you’re playing when you hit a complicated part of the music
- How to expand the harmony in simple and beautiful ways
But the most important thing about this workshop is that you’ll go through the process over and over until it becomes second-nature, because that’s what’s going to liberate you from the notes on the page and empower you to truly create enriched and expanded music — from simple lead sheets.
Finding your freedom is about connection
… not perfection.
Your Creative Coach on this Adventure
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”.
When I was 11, my mom gave me a 10-minute lesson on how to play lead sheets on piano – the way jazz players do – but in my little-kid way. It was the fastest way for me to learn to be able to just sit down and play the music I loved: musicals, jazz and 1940’s and 1950’s movie music.
She taught me the basics … because that’s all she knew. But she started me on a life’s adventure with the musical short-hand that is what Lead Sheets are all about.
And guess what? I use a many of the same skills and principles to play the music I record and perform today to perform concerts, one-woman shows, concertos with orchestra – and everything in between. These skills even helped me to get a Grammy-Nomination and first prize in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). They helped me make a living when I started playing the harp in my 20’s. They helped me when I started a band in my 30’s, when I started composing for and playing as an orchestra soloist in my 40’s and 50’s.
I’m living the life I dreamed of as a kid: the life of a composer and a performer. What I didn’t imagine, was that I’d also have the incredible opportunity to create my own Academy to share all these skills with thousands of passionate, committed musicians around the world. That’s what I get to do in classes like “Lead Sheet Bootcamp Retreat.” I hope we’ll be doing it together.
As Featured In:
–Laurie Esch Taylor
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 “Blues Harp-Style” PLUS over a dozen other classes, including Hip Harp Toolkit / Arrange Yourself, Summer Harp Jam, 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.
–BLYTHE TAIT (Australia)