Monthly Archives: September 2012

Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza–Jumpstart Your Practice

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This is a re-post of a podcast interview I did last year with Mindy Cutcher, principal harpist of the Pennsylvania […]


Can You Be a Successful Working Musician?

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Some people might tell you that a “successful working musician” is a mythical being. But those of us who are […]


House Concerts, or Harp Without Borders

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  While you may not have thought of it this way, we all start out playing house concerts. It’s that […]


Learning and Teaching Key Signatures: Step 2

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In Step 1, you learned the essential pattern for key signatures – movement by perfect fifth. And you are now […]


Play Through a Mental Block

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In a recent post, I discussed how to practice when you couldn’t concentrate. I offered some techniques for overcoming the […]


Organize Your Sheet Music – What’s Your System?

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“One of these days, I’m going to organize my music!” I have heard that threat many times from students and […]


How to Practice When You Don’t Want To

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We all have times when we don’t want to practice. We wish we wanted to practice, but for whatever reason, […]


Learning and Teaching Key Signatures: Step 1

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Many music students hate learning key signatures. It can seem too much like “homework,” and too little like playing music. […]


Don’t practice for perfection!

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If you are practicing for perfection, working to make a piece or an excerpt note-perfect, you may not be using […]