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Class #1: "3-Chord Magic"

“3-Chord Magic” is the first in a series of “Sing & Play Harp” Classes

Register now ~ Class Opens Mar. 6, 2019 for Self-Paced Learning

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What if you could … 

√  Just sit down and sing and play – any time you want, without music, all alone for fun… or with friends and family ?

√  Accompany singers – or any other instrument – by reading simple chords and creating accompaniment patterns on the fly

√  Create a super-simple arrangement of a song someone asks you to play for them

√  Learn a whole set of songs to add singing to your harp repertoire

√  Sing & play songs that people know and love – in therapeutic situations

√  Create a sing-along for children – children in your family, or at a library – or even a children’s concert

√  Feel totally coordinated when you put singing and playing together

√  Have a set of SIMPLE STEPS to follow as you learn to understand the basics of how singing-and-playing works –  so you could create your own songs.

If you have basic to advanced harp skills from advanced-beginner level to professional, this class will give you the skills to do all this and more – to just sit down and play and sing –  from a sheet of lyrics and chords,  just the way folk guitarists do.

“Sing & Play the Harp” Immersion Series 
teaches you to sing and play harp 
the same way people learn to sing & play guitar: 
with chords and picking patterns you use over and over in different ways.

What if three hours from now…

√  You could sing & play a dozen songs with your friends and family – and know exactly how to add even more songs to your repertoire

√  You’d know how to play along with others in simple 3-Chord songs. That means you’d be joining in on jams, at church, or around the campfire (wait … does anyone sing around the campfire anymore?)

√  You’d be playing simple, effective accompaniments for singers (including yourself!) – or any other instrument – by reading simple chords

√ You’d be able to lead children’s sing-alongs (or anyone singalongs)

√ You’d be singing song people love in therapeutic situations – or, better yet, play for them to sing with you.

√ You’d have the basic skills to start creating your own songs

Most importantly – you’d be truly DOING it – not just ‘learning how’ –  but doing it, connecting, sing and playing and having so much fun doing it!

What if you could learn right in your own livingroom when YOU wanted to learn – day or night?

And go over the lessons again and again if you like.

Class #1: "3-Chord Magic"

“3-Chord Magic” is the first in a series of “Sing & Play Harp” Classes

Register now ~ Class Opens Mar. 6, 2019 for Self-Paced Learning

 

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Read what students say about “3-Chord Magic”:

"Really Powerful"

 Singing with the harp is a much more intimate way to connect -and playing simply gives so much emotional support to the singing.

It’s really powerful. I NEVER considered singing and playing…… but now I will.  (Laurie Grant)

"This is the Breakthrough"

Accompaniment on the harp has eluded me. This is the breakthrough – the relationship between the song and the chords  – instead of playing the melody on the harp.  (Kate Schell)

"I felt so supported"

I felt so supported by the harp to sing. To feel that support from myself created a huge connection with myself and the instrument and all of you out there.

 (Alicia Dawes-Salazar )

"Incredible Versatility"

There is an incredible amount of versatility with these few chords.  Who knew that something that sounds so great could be so easy!!! (Anne Horton )

"Clear Instruction Locks it In"

Clear instruction, with repeating internalizes and locks it in. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon  (Nicole DeVault)

"Perfect Step by Step"

It was PERFECT to do things step by step, first the RH, then the LH, then the voice…  (Margi Miller)

"Opportunities to Improvise"

I’m seeing tons of opportunities to improvise  (Kathy King)

"Great for Ear-Training"

This is great for ear training – hearing these chords  (Robbin Gordon-Cartier)

"It Sounds Nice & Full"

I love that you can add very, simple picking and it sounds nice & full  (Sally Walstrum)

"This is great! I'll use this with kids"

I will use this in May when I play for Kid’s Day at Lindsborgs Mill-Fest. Last year I had about 300 kids in my “Discover the Harp” demo. This is great! (John Miller)

How does the “Sing & Play Harp” Immersion Series Work?

The classes in this series are called “Immersion Classes” because it’s most effective to take the entire class in one day – and then start putting it into play.  Of course, you can also review it – or take it at your own pace – you’ll have 3 months access. But you won’t need that. Once you learn the basics, it’s all about putting them into play and starting the process of gaining fluency and opening to discovery.

It’s a Series – because I’ve planned it as 5 separate classes. As I build the program and add more Immersions to the series, you can buy each additional immersion as an add-on if you want to move on to the next level.

Each new immersion class unlocks a new level of completionbut you don’t have to move through all levels to be able to sing and play to your heart’s content.  I’m building the series with these ‘stopping points’ because I want you to take time between each level and put what you’ve learned into play – because that’s where the magic really happens.  I also want you to know that you can be fully expressive at each level – and to explore that.

As you become fluent at each level and learn to ‘speak’ with the music, you’ll start to discover new things you can do – and to connect more with your yourself, your instrument, the music – and other people!

The first class of the series is “3-Chord Magic.”

“3-Chord Magic” teaches you the 3 basic chords that unlock your ability to play hundreds of folk songs, how to play these chords so well you can do it with your eyes closed, how to coordinate playing with singing, add a bass-line – and how to do this all by yourself – or with friends.

You’ll get a 12-song setlist (lyrics & chords), a 5-minute warmup you can do daily, and video lessons you can watch over and over so you know how to put it all together.

You also get two very cool BONUSES: a super-simple version of my song “The Nightingale” and a song you can sing with others called “You Have a Voice.”

Warm-Up Sequence

This short warmup gives you the basic patterns of the chords and picking patterns in a simple warmup you can do daily to help you develop and retain the skills you’ll use in this class. (TIP: The warmup sequence becomes an arrangement sequence!)

Smooth Move Patterns

These patterns help you play the chord patterns even with your eyes closed! Once you know the basic pattern, it’s easy to shift it to new keys to can find the best key for your voice for each song.

Picky-Picky

Learn 4 simple picking patterns  you can use over and over to flesh out any tune on your set-list

Set List

You’ll get a 12-Song setlist of traditional folk songs that only use these 3 chords (you’ll be surprised what they are!) – plus a bonus peak at the next level in this series with songs that use just one or two more chords.

Add A Bass

Add a simple left-hand to create your bass – or play with a friend and split the bass & picking pattern between you!

Let’s Play!

Now you’ll sit down and sing and play and sing and play and sing and play, creating a simple arrangement as you play by using the warm-up patterns you practice every day.

Invest in Your Creative Expression

Join me for this brand new class from Hip Harp Academy
the first class of the “Sing & Play Harp” Immersion Series

“3-Chord Magic”

Including your Warm-Up Sequence,
Smooth Move Patterns, Picking & Bass Patterns,
Training Videos and Set List.

 

 

PLUS you get these GREAT BONUSES:

ONLY the FIRST 25 PEOPLE WHO SIGN UP!!! (only 3 left!)   

BONUS ENROLLMENT in my first ever 4-Week “Jazz for Harps” Beta program.  This brand new 4-Week “JAZZ for HARPS” Beta program is normally only open to Hip Harp Academy FULL Yearlong Members – so jump in on this bonus now! This is a chance to take everything you learn in “Blues Harp-Style” and learn how to apply it to jazz tunes. 

SUPER SIMPLE “NIGHTINGALE”  This arrangement is way simpler than the commercial arrangement, and you’ll get a video to help you learn to sing and play it by ear.

“YOU HAVE A VOICE” This beautiful, simple tune is also a simple way to get other people singing in harmony – without having to remember any words!

$139 $95
During the Beta Launch

Purchase includes 3-Months access to all online materials PLUS download of all PDFs & MP3s from the class.

NOTE:  All students currently in Hip Harp Academy at the FULL Level – are ALREADY REGISTERED for this class. DON’T REGISTER AGAIN if you’re already taking ongoing classes at the Academy.  – and will get ALL bonuses announced for this program (so if you’re already a FULL-Level member of the Academy, don’t sign up again!). 

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 “Sing & Play Harp” PLUS over a dozen other classes in arrangement, improv, jazz & blues PLUS any bonuses I create for classes and series like this one.  If you have questions about how it works, just email using my Ask a Question Form.

Your Guide on this Creative Journey

Hi! I’m Deborah Henson-Conant – and singing-and-playing harp is one of my favorite things to do.

I learned my first 3 chords on the ukulele when I was 7, and in that moment, I realized that being able to accompany my own singing gave me freedom and power to express myself.

When I started playing the harp, I thought it was a ‘classical instrument’.  I never thought of singing and playing the harp — that seemed almost sacrilegious.  Oh, yeah, sure, I did it secretly, because singing was such an important part of my creative ‘voice.’

And little by little I shared it on stage.  Now I sing in every show – even if I’m hired as an orchestral soloist.  And I love to sing with the audience, too — especially with an orchestra accompanying us.

Singing and playing is now a huge part of my life. I’ve sung onstage with Bobby McFerrin in Boston’s Symphony hall, with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, at the Kennedy Center, in my own PBS special. In solo shows, with bands and chamber ensembles and orchestras – and always while playing my harp

And it all started with 3 chords on the Ukulele.

That’s where we’ll start with “Sing & Play the Harp” – only we’ll use a harp instead of a ukulele. And we’ll take it as far as you can go.

“Sing & Play the Harp” is a brand new program. You’ll be joining the BETA team, which means mega-fun and a special Beta price.  Get on the First to Know list now – and for a super special discount, fill out the survey.  The links for both are at the top of this page.

And then  – let’s sing … and play!

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OPTION #2:  JOIN the FULL “Hip Harp Academy” Yearlong Membership and get a full YEAR of classes

Sign up for the Full/Core ‘Hip Harp Academy’ Year-Long Curriculum. ‘Strings of Passion’ is the first course of 2017, and the full curriculum INCLUDES “Strings of Passion” PLUS over 10 different programs including “Hip Harp Toolkit / Arrange Yourself,” “Summer Harp Jam,” “Hands on Harmony,” “Blues Harp-Style” – you can see all the courses at HipHarpAcademy.com

BEST DEAL

Pay in Full

($1997 for the full yearlong “Hip Harp Academy” Curriculum with over 10 guided courses INCLUDING “Strings of Passion”)

PAYMENT PLAN

12-Month Payment Plan

($178 each month)
For the full yearlong Curriculum with over 10 guided courses

OPTION #2:  Join the Jazz Harp Track

You get 4 Classes for 4 full months of Training

    • OPTION 1:  Pay in Full  ($997 for the 16-Weeks of Jazz Harp Studies including Blues HarpStyle, Blues by the Dozen, Jazz for Harps and BONUS Summer Harp Jam 
    • OPTION 2: Payment Plan  (4 payments of $265)

Class #1: "3-Chord Magic"

“3-Chord Magic” is the first in a series of “Sing & Play Harp” Classes

Register now ~ Class Opens Mar. 6, 2019 for Self-Paced Learning

Register Now

“You provide the most inspiring, amazing space for students to break through the challenges, let go, and feel free. 

It is so fascinating how you explore the emotional and spiritual aspects of music together.

I love how you keep it real and think out of the box all at the same time, and I love both the fun and profound sides of what you express and explore.”

Tess Nurman

If there is one lesson that DHC emphasizes over and over, it is to appreciate and enjoy what we can do at this time, knowing that we can and will continue to improve.

This support has had an effect on me that has gone beyond my harp-playing.

Harriet McKenna

“I play almost daily at the hospital or hospice, and put all of this into practice immediately, so it really sinks in.”


Betsy Scott Chapman

“This has been the best workshop ever! I like having plenty of alone time to work with the concepts in the lessons. At other workshops I can’t hear myself think or play. I really like the online course”
Dawn Sessions Penland

“I have not had this much fun playing my harp for months. Since I’m fairly new to the harp; I’m also learning a great deal from the suggestions, ideas and comments of everyone. Taking copious notes & tucking them away for when I’m ready for new concepts.”
Laurie Esch Taylor

What this course is NOT

This course will give you everything you need: the skills, the freedom and the power to sing and play harp at the same time, or with others. It will give you the power to CONNECT with yourself, the music, your instrument and others.  If you apply what you learn, you will be fluent at playing-and-singing.  AND … there are a few things this course is NOT about:

  • Vocal Technique. We will be singing from the start, and we won’t be focusing on how you sound. but our focus is on how to combine singing and playing. If you want to work on your vocal technique, your sound, or your ease of singing, I’ve arranged a special discount from a well-known voice-coach in the Boston-area who can work with you virtually – either 1-on-1 or in her online classes.
  • Vocal-instrumental ‘arrangements’. You will get – as a bonus – two of my simplified arrangements for harp and voice, but this class isn’t about learning to play vocal-instrumental arrangements. It’s about being able to sit down to play-and-sing like you would sit down to have a conversation.
  • Styles such as Pop, Classical, Blues, etc. You can apply what you learn to many different styles of music, but in this series, we’re concentrating on traditional folk songs (mostly American folk songs) – though you’ll be able to apply what you learn to many different styles of music
  • Songwriting. We won’t be talking about song-writing in this series – though you’ll definitely be able to apply what you learn in this series to writing your own original songs.   

Here’s what I need YOU need to do:

Embrace the joyful imperfection of learning to sing-and-play as if you were a child. Leave your critical voice outside the room and embrace the foundational principle of all my work:

Music is about Connection ~ not perfection.

And commit to having big, wonderful FUN, learning to ..

Sing & Play the Harp

REGISTER NOW for “BLUES HARPSTYLE”

“Strings of Passion” is the first course in the 2017 “Hip Harp Academy” Curriculum
To register, sign up for “Hip Harp Academy” “FULL” OR Register for “Strings of Passion” a la carte

HERE’S HOW:

A. HARPISTS ONLY:  Register for the Full “Hip Harp Academy” ($997 for the full year – OR choose the 12-month payment plan). Core ‘Hip Harp Academy’ Curriculum is a yearlong program that INCLUDES “Strings of Passion” PLUS over 10 different programs including “Hip Harp Toolkit / Arrange Yourself,” “Summer Harp Jam,” “Hands on Harmony,” “Blues Harp-Style” (see them all at HipHarpAcademy.com)

B. ANYONE:  Register ONLY for the 10-Week “Strings of Passion” program  a la carte  ($797 for the 10-week “Strings of Passion” program – or choose the 3-month payment plan)

You have a voice that’s yours alone

This is the tie to bind you
Deep in the dark of evermore
That’s how your soul can find you

So raise your voice,
for in the end
it’s all we have to bring.
This is the sound that turns lost into found,
When we sing

 

You have a voice that tells a tale
Nobody else can tell it as well

This is the tale, the song,
The story of you.

So raise your voice,
for in the end
it’s all we have to bring.
This is the sound that turns lost into found,
When we sing

(Deborah Henson-Conant  – from “You Have a Voice.”)

 

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