We’re all shy in different ways, even those of us who can seem bombastic. Me, I can go into a small panic attack when I haven’t posted on Facebook for a week and I know I need to.
And I KNOW that the best way to get comfortable with something is to do it over and over again, to commit to showing up, to find your own way with it, to develop a personal relationship, to tease out all the things you ‘think you’re supposed to do,’ and find your own way, to commit to doing it imperfectly, even awkwardly – and then little by little find your comfort with it, changing one thing each day, hiding less, bringing more of yourself to it – until it becomes a part of your voice.
Me, I love live interaction – and I struggle with the tech to connect live line with the same sense of connection I feel on stage. So I made a commitment to show up on FACEBOOK LIVE for 30 days in a row – every day – some time before midnight. I set a few more ‘rules’ for this game as well, so here they are:
- Show up every day before midnight
- Get more comfortable with my big PEDAL harp as well as my electric lever harp
- Play different music every night
- Share something ABOUT what I’m doing each night: the techniques, the ideas behind it, how it works
- Try some early morning sessions to connect with my new friends in Hong Kong and China – and with different parts of the world
Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss my Facebook LIVE Events:
- GO TO my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HipHarp
- CLICK the LIKE button if you haven’t already done that
- The text on the button will change to “LIKED” once you’ve liked the page
- HOVER over the “Follow” button until a drop-down appears
- In the drop down, under notifications, CHECK “On”
ARCHIVES: From 30 Days of Facebook Live (An Experiment in SHOWING UP)
Scroll down to see archives of the 30 days of showing up on Facebook live or go to ALL MY FACEBOOOK LIVE VIDEOS on Facebook. We’re still adding these and we’re often about a week (or two!) behind so come back later to see the additions. And enjoy!
Sun. Oct. 1, 2017 ~ Blue Bossa, Blue Monk, Black Orpheus, The Phoenix
SetList: Blue Bossa • The Phoenix • Blue Monk • Black Orpheus
The Post Read: I finally got my big concert harp up to my attic studio, so I’m taking it out for a test drive tonight on Facebook live. Come on in! I mentioned some free stuff in – you should be able to download it all at http://www.HipHarp.com on the home page except for the new coloring harps pages, which is at http://www.ColoringHarps.com
Notes: This was the first in the set. This was an all-instrumental event. I spent about 40 minutes warming up and another 40 practicing the tunes before I even started. Then I played some of my favorite jazz standards, along with one of my first contemporary jazz originals.
Mon. Oct. 2, 2017 ~ Improv, Summertime, Kentucky Babe
SetList: Improv • Summertime • Kentucky Babe
The Post Read: I’m back in my studio with my harp. My fingers are sore from last night, but I promised myself I’d show up. Because showing up is everything. So come on in. To grab a free MP3 check out http://www.HipHarp.com
Notes: I started having distortion problems plugging directly in to the computer with the harp. I’d noticed it a little during my warm-up, but it seemed to get more and more pronounced the more I played. But hey, the goal isn’t to do this perfectly, but to show up and BE HERE — to share what IS. As I think of it afterwards, that’s an opportunity you don’t get a lot: to hear distortion on a harp – intentional or not.
Tue. Oct. 3, 2017 ~ Blues & Over the Rainbow
Set List: Blues & Over the Rainbow
The Post read: It’s Facebook Live Time in my studio! I’ve got the big concert harp hooked up again and let’s see what happens – on the set list tonight – some Blues and Over the the Rainbow. If you missed it, get free MP3s at https://hipharp.com and if you like to COLOR, download my new coloring pages http://my.leadpages.net/serve…/14588e2f3f72a2:15afa1d42b46dc
Wed. Oct. 4, 2017 ~ Bachianas Brasilieras & Black Orpheus
Set List: Bachianas Brasilieras & Black Orpheus
The Post read: LIVE from DHC Studios in Boston, MA! It’s the 4th day of my commitment to SHOWING UP! Here’s the link to the coloring pages I talked about: https://hipharp.com/blog/17215 and here’s the link to the Free MP3s I mentioned: http://www.HipHarp.com. Thanks so much to everyone who was there live and hope the rest of you enjoy the replay! Tonight I played a medley of Bachianas Brasilieras and Black Orpheus.
Thu. Oct. 5, 2017 ~ I Couldn't Get on Line
I suddenly couldn’t get on line this night. Eventually I realized that it was only Firefox that wouldn’t let me on and I switched to Chrome for the rest of the series.
Fri. Oct. 6, 2017 ~ Exploring Baroque Flamenco
Set List: Baroque Flamenco
The Post read:Come join me on Facebook Live – I’m exploring the piece Baroque Flamenco. For sheet music of this piece go here: https://gumroad.com/dhc# LINKS: For sheet music of this piece: https://gumroad.com/dhc# To learn more about my Academy: https://hipharp.com/academy/ To see other performances of this by other harpists, check out my blog: https://hipharp.com/blog/and search for the word Baroque or Flamenco. To get my freestuff: https://hipharp.com/academy/freebies-from-dhc/ To download my new Coloring Pages of Harps: https://hipharp.com/blog/17215 THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING!
Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 ~ Simple Accompaniment Ideas (Cindy Cindy)
Set List: Cindy Cindy (with Additional Verses)
The Post read: From Facebook Live: I’m in my studio with my big concert harp – exploring some ideas about singing and playing at the same time. Session Notes: The song I played here is “Cindy Cindy” with additional original verses. The program I talked about where I’ll be teaching some of these techniques is my yearlong “Hip Harp Academy” https://hipharp.com/academy/ – The next class starts Oct. 18 and it’s all about arrangement and repertoire development – using some of the concepts I shared tonight – it’s called Hip Harp Toolkit ( http://www.HipHarpToolkit.com ). Thank you for coming!!!
Sun. Oct. 8, 2017 ~ Budapest & Georgia on My Mind
Set List: Budapest & Georgia on my Mind
The Post read: Live Now: Jazz Harp – Latin & Swing – exploring two facets on a sultry night in Boston. I played a Latin piece called Budapest and “Georgia on My Mind”. If you play the harp, here’s where you can get the jazzy freebies I mentioned: https://hipharp.com/blog/16649
Mon. Oct. 9, 2017 ~ Man in the Moon
Set List: Man in the Moon
The Post read: Live on Facebook -in my sultry studio – with harp in hand – let’s put this night to bed! Thank you so much to everyone for helping me put this night to bed! If you missed it, here’s a little present: you can download my song for Foodies, “I’ll Be Your Sous Chef, Baby” https://hipharp.lpages.co/…/141fd75f3f72a…/5756433131896832/ OR if you like to Color, here’s my new coloring pages, “Bring Your Playing to Life” http://my.leadpages.net/serve…/14588e2f3f72a2:15afa1d42b46dc – enjoy! And see you tomorrow! Some time before midnight in Boston! Thank you so much for sharing the end of the evening with me!!!
Tue. Oct. 10, 2017 ~ Under the Bed
Set List: Under the Bed
The Post read: LIVE! Celebrating 10,000 fans! THANK YOU, my friends around the world. It’s so fun to meet you into my studio with Facebook Live and my HARP! I played a piece called “Under the Bed” tonight. It’s in 7/4 time – counting 1234-123|123-1234. This is the Freebie I talked about: the Jazz Harp Starter list for harp players – best jazz standards to start with if you play harp: https://hipharp.lpages.co/…/143e9e9f3f72…/5722467590995968/…
Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 ~ HaRpy Birthday
Set List: Congratulations! You Made it This Far!
The Post read: LIVE on Facebook now! Tonight I talk about HACKING the harp! How to Hack Happy Birthday, how to hack an arrangement and just what IS hacking on a harp? PLUS: My “FREE DHC: Week of FREE Stuff” https://hipharp.com/blog/17417
Thu. Oct. 12, 2017
The Post read: LIVE! In my studio – I’m talking about Jazz Lead Sheets tonight and my Jazz Tune Starter List for Harps https://goo.gl/UdNnAs If you play harp, register for this FREE “Instant 3 Part Arrangement Formula” webinar on Sunday https://goo.gl/idBhVn –I’ll go over some of the ideas I shared tonight in a play-along webinar.
Fri. Oct. 13, 2017 ~ Left Hand Patterns
The Post read: LIVE on Facebook with my #Harp! I’m playing with LEFT HAND PATTERNS tonight! It’s Day 13 of my 30-Days of Showing Up Live and I’m sharing my NEW FREEBIE “Left Hand Pattern Playsheet” https://goo.gl/ruYsvx with my ELECTRIC HARP & Looper Pedal. I talked about my PLAY-ALONG WEBINAR for HARPISTS on SUNDAY: Register for it here (you get a replay link if you can’t make it live). https://goo.gl/idBhVn
Sat. Oct. 14, 2017 ~ Watermelons & Zuchini
Set List: Watermelon Boogie, Zuchini Song
The Post read: LIVE on Facebook – Night 14 of my 30-Day SHOWING UP challenge. I’m here in studio with my electric #harp. Join me! I have no plan, no set list, no agenda – just showing up. The webinar I mentioned is on Sun. Oct. 15 at 2:30 for harpists: https://goo.gl/idBhVn I played the Watermelon song, the Zuchini Song (a premiere I think) and showed you a preview of the warm-up exercises I’ll be publishing early next year.
Sun. Oct. 15, 2017
The Post read: LIVE on Facbeook! Join me on Day 15 of 30 Days of SHOWING UP! In my studio with y #harp – no agenda, no setlist, ready to be real, and excited about my new program Hip Harp Toolkit – about to start next week.
Mon. Oct. 16, 2017 ~ Cowboy Songs
The Post read: LIVE again And committed to SHOWING UP in every way I can. Watch this one at your own peril (Seriously)! I’m singing Cowboy songs tonight. Well … one cowboy song – the only one I know. Red River Valley — then egged on by folks in the chat I went on to Camptown Races, Red Red Robin, Motherless Child, and Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie. I warn you: I haven’t gotten much sleep, but I’m COMMITTED to showing up anyway in my 30-Days of Showing Up on Facebook Live!
Tue. Oct. 17, 2017
The Post read: I meant to just do a short test, but played for 50 minutes because you guys are so much fun to play with! I played Byador, and of course I played your comments and then two lullabies. And I’m excited because Hip Harp Toolkit, my foundational arrangement class starts TOMORROW!!! So if you’re a harpist and you haven’t joined yet, run on over to http://www.HipHarpToolkit.com and jump in so we can MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER (and funny music, and sweet music, and every kind of music we love). THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming tonight!
Wed. Oct. 18, 2017
The Post read: Tonight – on Facebook Live – I will attempt to balance on the tightrope of TIME – and stay ONLY 10 MINUTES in studio – with my harp … without a net! Well .. ok with a net. The internet. Still – staying for only10 minutes is a huge challenge. My timer is ready!
Thu. Oct. 19, 2017
Fri. Oct. 20, 2017 ~ Shapes of Music
The Post read: LIVE! I’m on day 20 of my 30-Day Showing up Challenge and I’m late because we were working on this blog post about my new class: https://hipharp.com/blog/8060 and this Play-along Webinar I’m doing for harpists on Sunday https://hipharp.com/blog/webinar-shapes-of-music-171022 ! So now I can finally kick back for a few minutes before bed — and before I go to a reading tomorrow for THIS musical (ignore the terrible website – we’re updating it, I swear https://hipharp.com/zeroclub/scenes/act1/act1scene01.html )
Sat. Oct. 21, 2017
The Post read: Live on Facebook … to talk – and play – about showing up. And if you play harp – make sure you sign up for my FREE Playalong Webinar Sunday “Playing the Shapes of Music” https://hipharp.com/blog/webinar-shapes-of-music-171022
Sun. Oct. 22, 2017 ~ Setting up for the Webinar
The Post read: Harpists! I’m setting up for today’s “Playing the Shapes of Music” FREE Playalong Webinar -jump in behind-the-scenes before I start and SIGN UP for the FREE training (registration includes a replay link) https://hipharp.com/blog/webinar-shapes-of-music-171022
Mon. Oct. 23, 2017 ~ Take Off the Handcuffs
Tue. Oct. 24, 2017
Wed. Oct. 25, 2017
Thu. Oct. 26, 2017 ~ Under the Hood
The Post read: Doors close TONIGHT for “Hip Harp Toolkit” guided course, so this video takes you under the Hood to the classroom! If you play harp and haven’t registered yet jump in now or lose your chance ’til next year! https://hipharp.com/academy/hht-info-page/ – join nearly 150 harpists from around the world all committed to CONNECTION … not PERFECTION — and to expressing themSELVES with their music!