Author Archives: Anne

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Practice Scales

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I used to resist practicing scales. My teacher thought they wee important, but I just couldn’t see it. Playing music […]


Escaping The Technique Trap

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Are you in the technique trap? Maybe you have managed to escape the trap, or maybe you just don’t yet […]


Four Essential Elements of Technique

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Do you think you know what the essential elements of technique are? I used to think I did. From early […]


Listen Like a Superhero

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“Be sure to listen!” This was my teacher’s final piece of advice before I played my first orchestra rehearsal. I […]


Three Times When Not Practicing is NOT an Option

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Are you not practicing today? Those are the most powerful words that anyone can ever say to me. They are […]


Beautiful Thumbs or All Thumbs?

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Do you love your thumbs? We harpists have a love/hate relationship with our thumbs. They can carry the melody well […]


Moving Up or Going In Circles?

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Are you moving up, making progress? Or do you feel like you’re going in circles? I always visualize progress as […]


Follow Your Ambition

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Ambition is not just the property of the young and upwardly mobile. It isn’t exclusive to those destined to be […]


Focus: Keeping Your Eye on the Ball

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Focus is the difference between whiffing and missing the ball or hitting it out of the park. I am finally […]


What You Don’t Know About Deliberate Practice

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Do you understand “deliberate practice?” If you don’t you’re not alone. Much has been written about deliberate practice since K. […]