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Category Archive: Tips

Playing by ear

In two weeks I will be teaching a course on ‘playing by ear’ at the Harfentreffen  in Germany. I’m really looking forward to it, so I here’s a blog to get you all excited about playing by ear too. Many people consider playing by ear to be difficult and something[…]

Choices, choices… (to be made when buying a new harp)

When you go looking for a harp to buy or rent you will learn a lot of new things. You might start wondering why you are having to make all these choices without knowing much about it; it might even seem you are being asked to do the impossible…. In[…]

Start with harp

Around September, with the start of the new school year, many people start a new hobby. This can be anything from salsa dancing to drawing, but in my case I mostly meet the harpists-to-be. A new hobby means you need materials to work with. For harp lessons you should count[…]

Playing (harp) outside

It’s summer again, which means that here in the Netherlands there is a good chance of nice weather. It means that many of my students tell me there is little time to study: the temptation of going outside wins over the temptation of making music. But what if those two[…]

Workshops: what to expect

In May, Jeanette (of harp store de Zingende Snaar) and I are organising the Int. Harp Friends Meeting; this year will see its fourth edition. We started the festival because we ourselves loved going to harp festivals and we wanted to promote the folk harp in the Netherlands. Now it’s[…]