Harp Mastery Notes and Quotes

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Letter to my StudentsThis is an “odds and ends” sort of post with some important news, some blog post updates and a couple of quotes to motivate you. 

Practice, which some regard as a chore, should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised.
– Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (1911-1956)

Post Update: Lawrence had a great addition to the Schubert Ave Maria blog post from last week. Many of you told me you enjoyed reading the different texts to the song, and Lawrence took it a step further and sent me a translation of the Eastern Orthodox text:

O Theotokos* and Virgin rejoice,
Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
for thou hast borne the Savior of our souls.

*Theotokos: (Greek) Birthgiver of God

Music correction: Lawrence also pointed out that the intermediate lever version of the “Ave Maria” that I offered last week assumes that your third octave A is tuned to natural (bar 6).  If your harp is tuned with A flats (for instance, if you tune in E flat Major), you will want to tune that A natural before you start. Good catch, Lawrence!

Good News, Bad News: Bad news first. Due to some exciting change and growth happening at Harp Mastery, I have had to change the Harp Mastery Retreat weekend. I will be rescheduling the retreat soon, so stay tuned for details!

Now the good news. Instead, join me at “Lark Music presents Anne Sullivan’s Harp Mastery.” I will be leading a day of workshops, including a Practice Strategies Workshop and an Ear Training Workshop  at Lark Music Studios in Norristown, PA. The date is Saturday, June 22. You can find all the details at ARS Musica. Register now for a great discount on both workshops!

I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.
– Ray Bradbury, American science fiction writer (1920-2012)

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