Students often ask me: What should I practice? How should I practice?
I recommend a simple 4-Step Practice Session:
- Body warm-ups. This helps stretch the muscles, get your blood moving and get you ready for practice.
- Technical exercises. These are muscle-memory exercises to strengthen your hands and to give you stamina. Work with and without a metronome.
- Working on little parts of your song or piece. Working in 2-4 measure sections gives you time to work out kinks. Work with and without a metronome.
- Work on your entire song.
Steps 3 & 4 vary by student, and depend on the music they are working on and playing with.
But Steps 1 & 2 can be useful to all harpers and harpists. So, I decided to create this series of videos, where I will take you through the first two steps of practice:
- warm-ups and stretching, and
- technical exercises.
I’ll first be working my way through Harp Exercises for Agility & Speed by Deborah Friou, a book that is available lots of places. Let me know your favorite exercises, and I’ll add them in, too!
Have you always wanted to play the harp?
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