Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Seven Habits of Highly Satisfied Harpists

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  With my apologies to Stephen Covey, I offer here seven habits that you need to develop to truly achieve […]


Fourth finger giving you problems? Five quick tips…

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Often a harpist’s fourth finger is a matter for concern. Or rather, it isn’t a matter for concern until all […]


Three Lessons from 32 Metronomes

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This metronome video came my way on Facebook recently. If you haven’t seen it, it is amazing and beautiful, not […]


The Three Necessary Stages: Stage Two: Conscious Memorization

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In a previous post I wrote about rote memorization, the repetitive process that can be summed up in the words […]


Top 10 Reasons Every Musician Should Practice Bach

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I would find it difficult to pick one composer to call my favorite. I love the way Mozart’s music glistens […]


Why Your Practice May Be Holding You Back

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Here’s a radical thought – don’t practice so well.But wait! Isn’t careful practice what I am supposed to do, so […]


Taking Music Lessons? The Three Questions You MUST Ask Your Teacher

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Lessons are not given, they are taken. – Cesare Pavese, Italian author and poet (1908-1950)   First, the facts. 1. […]


Nervous? 3 ways to stop focusing on performing and start playing

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Being nervous is a terrible feeling. It can be physically debilitating, with symptoms from cold, clammy hands to nausea and […]


Music for an American Triumph Over Tragedy

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I do not choose to recognize September 11 as a day of mourning any longer. We remember those we lost […]


The Three Necessary Stages of Memorization, Part 1

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  It is easy to know when we don’t have a piece memorized. It is more difficult to know when […]