I am a new member, any mature harp students on this forum?
Posted 17 April 2015 - 20:55
Posted 18 April 2015 - 23:46
This young lady is playing one of my chosen Grade 3 pieces - Pozzoli, Study 1, Medium Difficolta
I love watching young players - not a care in world & no sign of performance nerves. I want to play without nerves!
Posted 19 April 2015 - 12:52
Hi Angels, thanks for the links. Yes, the young ones don't know what stage fright is and just have a great time playing in front of an audience. By the way, you may be interested in the blog of Dr. Noa Kageyama of http://www.bulletproofmusician.com He writes great blogs about learning music and about overcoming anxiety when playing for other people.
Posted 20 April 2015 - 12:36
I signed up with Ann Sullivan's Harp Mastery soon after I started playing the harp. Ann runs webinars and her next one is tomorrow night called "Express Yourself During Practice. it can't be harmful, except its at 2am GMT. ;-) http://harpmastery.com/
It's a very good idea to hear different opinions on playing and practicing. It's motivational for someone like mewho is far from a big centre, other harpists and groups. I'm not a stranger to Skype so it's very possible once I get a bit further down the road harp playing I'll be looking for master classes via Skype from various excellent harpists.
I was very surprised to read that some musicians and sports people take beta blockers to overcome anxiety and stress playing in front of audiences. I'd rather not so I'm hoping Dr. Noa can help.
Posted 20 April 2015 - 12:43
I should have easily managed a Merit and will aim higher in the future. What are you working towards at the moment?
My partner bought, on Ebay, Handels Harp Concerto in E flat Major for me. It's aspirational at this point but some day it's going to be in my repertoire.
Posted 21 April 2015 - 12:24
I'm pretty much just working on pieces and scales etc for Grade 6 at the moment. I'm planning to play:
Pavane and Variations - Cabezon
Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols - Britten
Study No 12 - Pozzoli
I don't feel I've made a huge amount of progress in the last few weeks but I shall persevere
Posted 21 April 2015 - 18:40
It's interesting to hear what people are doing. I think from what I can see of the syllabus that it splits very much into lever and pedal harp pieces, there isn't much crossover - except for studies? (or all that many lever pieces, but I digress...).
So I'm doing the Dark Woman of the Glen (Bean Dubh an Gleanna?), the Butterfly Tree and the Damase C4 study. The Damase is great, one hand is in B flat and the other in D, it's loads of fun and really different/modern for the harp, especially the Lever harp which tends to have a lot of Celtic repertoire (like my A piece which is an old Irish Air). The B piece is an Alfredo Ortiz, South American Harp piece . My teacher has a Columbian Harp and it is admittedly much, much easier to play it on that - the fingerspacing is much closer (a tenth is closer to our octave) and the tension is SO much looser - it makes all the very fast repetition do-able. I might even borrow her harp for a while to see if I might use it for the exam! It's good to be able to do such a range of completely different styles :-)
What do any of you think of your pieces - what are they like?
Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:18
I found a couple of your pieces on You Tube, Pavanne and Variations played by Prof. David Watkins (Prof. of Harp).
It's a lovely but challenging obviously a piece. I looked at Pozzoli 12, it's in my book. Can't wait to get that far myself and take heart in the fact you have managed to reach such a challenging level in three short years.
Play through the hard times, you'll win out in the end.
Posted 22 April 2015 - 23:36
You asked what I thought of my new pieces - I them, even though they are more challenging. Can't wait to master them.
Alpine Waltz is special to me - it was played as the entrance music to a very special occasion. It's happy and sweet.
Gavotte is challenging but has some very beautiful base - I'm mastering the new level of difficulty much quicker and with less trouble than my Grade 2 pieces.
Pozzoli No. 1 - I have to read every note every time I practice. It's challenging because there appears to be no method in the sequences. I'm going to first play the first note in each hand and say the note name aloud and progress to playing the three notes as a chord instead of a triplet and eventually play the triplets. Teacher says it might help.
Posted 23 April 2015 - 00:33
Posted 23 April 2015 - 12:21
I love the Celtic music too, that's why I am doing the Irish Air.
The Butterfly Tree is actually South American - I found a youtube of someone playing it on the Celtic harp but to be played authentically it should go a LOT faster than this. Whether I can achieve that on the Celtic harp remains to be seen - its much easier on a S American Harp!!
Glad you like your pieces. I am sure the more you look at the Pozzoli the more patterns you will find - maybe your teacher can help? There usually are patterns but it can take me months to find them sometimes! :-)
Hi Collyermun, nosy me, I found the lovely Butterfly Tree played on harp and whistle. It's a gorgeous piece. There is something very special about traditional Celtic music. It's something I do want to investigate and play myself.
Posted 24 April 2015 - 20:13
I'm so new to playing music that I don't have a preferred music genre beyond the very broad range of classics. I guess with more experience playing various composers I'll begin to find a favourite. There's no hurry!
Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:11
The Virtual Harp Circle has an English translation of the Grossi in the files on the yahoo homepage that you can download.
Enjoy! They are very good exercises of course -they are the gold standard for harpists :-)