Sometimes it’s really fun to play the harp.
Practicing is pretty hard work, and while it’s rewarding, I wouldn’t call it fun, particularly technical work like scales and arpeggios.
But the other day, when I sat down to practice, I was regretting the coming end of summer. My train of thought lead me to the famous Gershwin song “Summertime,” and my scales adapted themselves to that rhythmic and harmonic flavor. This video shows the result.
By the way, this is a great way to dip your toe in the waters of improvisation. Without worrying about the theory of jazz like blues scales and modes, you can try singing or playing any melody over your scales. Experiment with levers or pedals, rhythms and patterns and see where it takes you!