What if you discovered there was an instrument inside you
that resonates to your spirit the same way your instrument resonates outside you?
What if this inner instrument had strings like a harp
and they resonated in your inner world – plucked by your creative expression in the outer world?
What if these two sets of strings resonated each other,
so that, when you plucked the strings of one, the other resonated as well?
Those are your strings of passion
Like each octave of a harp, there are seven strings of passion,
Seven principles that take you from creative IMPULSE to creative EXPRESSION
No matter what you’re creating … no matter what your technical ability
These are the seven principles that bring creative expression alive.
What if this is the beginning of the greatest creative adventure of your lifetime?
It can be like showing off, like revealing your inner Diva – or like holding something sacred and secret. It can be a whisper or a shout of joy.
Passion is connecting with your deepest artistic impulses – whatever they are – and expressing them with body, mind and soul.
If you’re a musician it means letting your passion resonate through your instrument – your physical instrument that other people experience – and the strings of your inner instrument – your strings of passion.
(This photo is from the first live “Strings of Passion” retreat in 2011)
Finding your passion is about connecting to those strings.
I’m Deborah Henson-Conant – and the 7 Strings of Passion are the concepts that guide my own creative expression in every facet of my life: as a composer, a performer, as a creativity coach and as a lifelong beginner.
Like my instrument, each time these inner strings are touched, I resonate.
And like my music practice, my inner practice enhances my performance as myself – and that enriches how I engage as a musician
If you do nothing else for yourself in 2018 , discover YOUR strings of passion – the ones that resonate within you … and let them ring through your life and your creative expression.
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Strings of Passion is …
“Strings of Passion” is a 10-Week program of creative discovery to the heart of your inner resonance, your inner instrument. It’s about learning to hear it, to feel it, to remember it.
It’s also about developing of a personal creative practice – not practicING to get something ‘right’ – but a daily practice that connects your inner instrument and your outer instrument. I’ve shared these concepts around the world as a talk, a concert, retreat – and now I’m creating a 10-Week “Strings of Passion” online program just for the members of my Hip Harp Academy.
If you do nothing else for yourself in 2019 – discover YOUR strings of passion – the ones that resonate within you – and let them ring through your life and your instrument.
Join me in January 2019 – for Strings of Passion by registering for the yearlong Academy membership at HipHarpAcademy.com
If you do nothing else for yourself in 2019 – discover YOUR strings of passion
“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 (France)
What are the 7 Strings of Passion?
In this 12-week program I’ll share the 7 strings of passion and how they resonate in your life and your music:
1. IMPULSE: You’ll reconnect with your first, your deepest, your secret creative impulses .
2. STRUCTURE: You’ll discover simple, beautiful musical structures that create a thread for your creativity to crystalize around.
3. CHARACTER: You’ll reveal the hidden richness of your own character to yourself and bring that character to your instrument
4. ROLES: You will discover the power of roles to create freedom in your playing and in your own understanding. You’ll discover the the subtle power of the followship role that allows you to follow your own passion – and you’ll learn how following your passion becomes leadership.
5. PRACTICE: You’ll learn the flip side of practicing towards a specific goal: the developent of a creative practice that provides the rich groundwork for personal and musical expression
6. DECONSTRUCTION: You’ll discover the power of distillation and deconstruction, of moving beneath the details intothe deep power of simple forms that give you power to express spontaneously
7. LIFT-OFF: You’ll experience the moment of lift-off or fluency when you let go of the constructs and shoulds and rules of what you think self-expression should be and truly express yourSELF – the inner instrument that resonates in your own strings of passion.
I have always been a darn perfectionist and always felt like this trait paralyzed and limited my personal (and spiritual!) expression. So, I can’t tell you how happy I am that you have created this course! I can’t wait to work with you more! “
Amelia Gerlach (N.C.)
Feel the power of YOUR Creative Resonance in Your Hands
“Strings of Passion” is the first course in the 2018 “Hip Harp Academy” Curriculum To register, sign up for “Hip Harp Academy” “FULL” OR Register for “Strings of Passion” a la carte
OPTION #1: “Strings of Passion” ONLY
“Strings of Passion” is the FIRST class in the 2019 “Hip Harp Academy” series. You can also sign up for the 10-Week “Strings of Passion” separately get 6 months access to the class (i.e. through July 15, 2019). The program starts Tue. Jan. 22 (warm-up week starts Jan. 15).
If you’re not a harpist, you can still sign up for “Strings of Passion” a la carte You’ll be able to ask DHC how to adapt the program for your creative expression.
OPTION #2: FOR HARPISTS ONLY:
FULL “Hip Harp Academy” Yearlong Membership
When you sign up for the Full ‘Hip Harp Academy’ Year-Long Curriculum. ‘Strings of Passion’ is the first course of 2019, and the full curriculum INCLUDES “Strings of Passion” PLUS over 10 different programs including “Hip Harp Toolkit / Arrange Yourself,” “Jazz for Harps” “Hands on Harmony,” “Building the Bones,” “Blues Harp-Style” – you can see all the courses at HipHarpAcademy.com
($997 $897 during Early-Bird for the full yearlong “Hip Harp Academy” Curriculum with over 10 guided courses INCLUDING “Strings of Passion”)
($997 For the full yearlong “Hip Harp Academy” Curriculum with over 10 guided courses INCLUDING “Strings of Passion”)
(Prefer a payment plan? You get all the courses as in the “Pay in Full” option – but broken into 12 Payments of $93 $82 during earlybird )
(Prefer a payment plan? You get all the courses as in the “Pay in Full” option – but broken into 12 Payments of $91)
OPTION #2: FOR NON-HARPISTS “Strings of Passion” a la carte
If you’re not a harpist, you can still sign up for “Strings of Passion” a la carte You’ll be able to ask DHC how to adapt the program for your creative expression. Choose Full pay or a 3-month payment plan.
“I love the idea of being physically involved in the music instead of the constraint that is taught in classical music.” (J.H.)
“I love the idea that experimenting with a simple practice and letting go of what it sounds like – it helps to develop fluidity with the fingers, traversing “mistakes”, and bring forth some amazing surprising results – Note to self: open yourself to DISCOVERY” (P.D.)
“Stories unfolding, ideas, blocks being tumbled down like kiddie structures…It feels like waking up to my own artist’s soul after a very long sleep. The passion is the process!” [SJB]
“I am loving dipping into the Creativity Gym so far two days in a row! … it felt like an inkling of what it would be to play by resonating with the depths of my passion.” (C.R.)
“The soundscapes – A and B – are really fun!…It is a relief to not feel responsible for lots of notes – but to listen for how one note resonates” (M.B.)
I am only FIVE minutes into watching the String of Passion chat replay, and already I feel like crying, I feel moved, I feel inspired and a longing and a yearning... Deborah, you are such a connector, an inspirer, such a teacher. [B.T]
What are the 7 Strings of Passion?
“Strings of Passion” is about the connection between the instrument we engage with and the instruments we are – and how those two resonate and enrich each other.
It’s about the journey from creative impulse to creative expression.
It’s about human expression ~ and human connection, and the practice of making that connection through the 7 principles of the program and the instrument we play.
How does the Program Work?
Each week we explore these 7 strings and how they enhance each other within you and in your playing.
Each week you get a audio file that you will play along with – not to develop proficiency, but to develop your INNER CREATIVE PRACTICE. You’ll be playing – not to become better — but to reach deeper into your own passion. You’ll be sharing as a community – with the choice to share anonymously – so that the resonance of each member of the group can support the others.
Each week you’ll be writing, drawing and playing – and it will be completely irrelevant how ‘good’ you are at these things. You’ll let go of being good, and do these things for the creative connection they give you with yourself. You’ll learn to do these for yourSELF, not for others – not to reveal things to others, but to reveal you to yourself. And then I’ll show you how you can connect with others using these same techniques.
==> In the weekly video lessons I’ll take you through the individual strings and how they resonate together. You’ll get prompts and heart-play to practice in both your life and with your harp.
==> In the “Strings of Passion” workbook you download you’ll collect your creative discoveries.
==> The weekly Soundscape Audio files provide an enhancement for your practice. You’ll download them on MP3 or listen in the online classroom and play along with simple musical prompts that allow each person play completely differently.
==> The Strings of Passion playbook includes the pieces I’ve composed specifically for this program – pieces you can just listen to – or, if you’re a musicians, that you can play simply or expansively – playing from the inside out – and the outside in, as the strings of passion connect the inner and outer instruments. If you’re a harpist, these are pieces you’ll be able to add to your own repertoire as well as using them for your personal creative experience and for both concert and therapeutic playing you do for others.
==> In the closed “Hip Harp Academy” Facebook Group you can ask questions, share your musical discoveries and connect with the other members of the Core Level Academy.
==> In the weekly Q&A session with me you can ask anything – seriously … anything.