“She plays stuff you just wouldn’t think could possibly come from the instrument that St. Peter hands out to new arrivals at the pearly gates.” Jeff Kaczmarczyk – Grand Rapids Press
I love that quote from Jeff Kaczmarczyk — and the following videos I will show you how I make some of those sounds! You can also see these techniques LIVE at my 2 next shows:
- THIS Saturday, June 20th at the Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, ME (TIX)
- Wednesday, July 1st at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival at Wequassett Resort (INFO)
In this video I show how I create a strum technique for voice & electric harp using my arm to create bell-like harmonics and percussive sounds
Juanito’s Left-Hand Bossa
In this video I show how I developed a left-hand bossa-nova pattern to use with voice & electric harp
Looper Pedal Bassline
In this video I show how I use my looper pedal to clone myself with electric harp
Brubecker Multi-Area Tuning
In this video I show how I tune parts of the electric harp in different keys so that I can shift harmonic area when I shift to a different physical area of the instrument.
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LOVE all of these videos. Harpists like me would for sure PAY if you put on a link just to get the SCORES for them. Beats listening to them note by note to try to figure out what you are playing and why I love it so much!!
Ha ha ha, Margi! I would pay for a link to the scores for these, too! There ARE no scores — but I AM curious which are the ones you would most want the notes for and why. It’s so funny … I never even think of these as things other people might want to do since I’m still in the discovery phase.
Oh … I guess I’ll probably ALWAYS be in the discovery phase, won’t I? I guess that’s my personal life-long phase.
I Love the way you play. I have a Pedal harp, so I need the Cords to play it. Thanks a lot. Yours Claudia
Oh, Claudia – you don’t need the chords! Improvise! Listen! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from taking classes with Deborah – there’s no WRONG! It’s only imperfect completion. So – mess around with the SOUNDS that you’re hearing Deborah make – you’ll find what the notes are. But does it really matter? I mean, whote the NOTES or CHORDS are? What really matters is the technique, the cool bluesy/bossa nova(y)/jazzy sounds you can make. Then you can come up with your OWN notes and chords!
And Deborah – I am SOOOO excited to be taking the improv class with you at Somerset. My students can’t wait either – they lap up whatever it is that I can share with them. Thank you!
Wow … this is so interesting! I had created these videos for audience members and it never occurred to me that other harpists would want to play these things — but I totally understand that it would be helpful to you if I outlined what I was doing – even just saying what the notes are or the tuning.
This is something very interesting for me to think about — especially at the point when I release the MP3s. So thank you for that idea!
You say harp hacker. I still say harp wizard!! Love these videos! So helpful–and fun!!