One thing I love about teaching at Hip Harp Academy is getting to see the “Final Beginning Projects” that each student does. This is a culmination of Margi Miller’s experience in the Blues Harp-Style class – and this is just the beginning!

This post is from a series that shares the “Final BEGINNING Projects” from my winter 2015 “Blues HarpStyle” online course for harp players. students created short videos based on what they learned in the course, and answered 5 questions about what they got from the challenge of this project.

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My clarinetist and I did not have time to get back together, so this is my half-baked – but I liked it well enough to post it here.  This has been an amazing experience for me and I LOVE watching everyone’s submissions.

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The 5 Questions

1. Give a short description of what it took for you to get to the place of being able to play what you did – both logistically and emotionally

The hardest part for me was to get right and left hands working together.  I could get the blues rhythm going with my left hand, but it took literally WEEKS of daily struggle to be able to put a right hand melody on top and keep the left hand going!

2. What freedoms and blocks in yourself did you connect with (or struggle with) in the process?

I came to a place where I just wanted it to be OVER, so I could post and “get on” with playing the blues without the pressure of doing a video.  This is definitely a block for me which I find every time I perform.  I just want it to be over…. And how can I share any depth of expression with that thought it my mind?

3. What challenges did you meet to connect with your own freedom of expression in this project?

I wanted to play with a clarinetist friend (who was in the midst of her concert series), so I just set a one hour date for us to get together and record. It helped me a lot to “practice in a frenzy” up to that hour and then I felt like she carried me through. –

4. What were your personal “Ahas”?

That I don’t need to read and memorize music to play the blues.  How freeing is that?

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5. Is there anything else you´d like to tell people who are watching your video?

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Hey, thanks for reading this example of what it’s like to go thru a course with me! Did you have A-ha’s or revelations watching the video & reading the answers she wrote? Add your comments below. Please – no critiques – just share what you learned from someone courageously sharing a project that’s the BEGINNING of a lifelong learning journey.

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