Welcome to The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
at the Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold Ohio!
- INTRO TO IRISH ORNAMENTATION
Learn some basic ornamentation that is often played in traditional Irish music. By the end of the workshop you'll have the confidence to incorporate these into the rest of your repertoire. An accompaniment will be taught as well. Ideal for Beginners.
- FINDING THE "LIFT" IN AN IRISH DANCE TUNE
There's more to playing Irish dance music than the notes ~ you want to get toes tapping and people dancing! Find out some of the best ways to give a tune the oomph it needs to get your listeners on their feet. Intermediate Level.
- THE LIFE & MUSIC OF TURLOUGH O'CAROLAN
Find out more about this 17th Century Irish harper & composer and his works, along with the best approaches to accompanying his music. Learn a tune from his vast repertoire and the story behind it. All Levels. Open to Companions and other instruments too!
- HARP FROM THE HEART - HARP 101
“Oh, I could never play a harp. You need lots of lessons to do THAT!” In this session, Cass will demystify the harp. You will re-discover just how easy it is, and you will have fun playing in a harp circle! Ideal for beginners.
- WITH HARP AND VOICE
Learn how to lend a therapeutic quality to your voice while complementing it with your harp. Cass will also discuss ways to protect and care for your vocal instrument. All levels welcome. Bring your harp!
- BEAUTIFUL TUNES FROM SCOTLAND
Add to your repertoire with some of these beautiful, esser known Scottish tunes. Carol travels to Scotland every year to study the traditional Gaelic tunes and will include a couple of these, along with favorites from various regions of Scotland. Intermediate level.
- DAMP IT ALL!
An introduction to the technique known as dampening or muffling. It's a routine part of classical harp training but many lever harpists never learn how to do it. For any type of music, it's especially important for the left hand to clean up the long sustain of the bass strings. In both the right and left hand, it's used to give more tonal clarity and to create contrast and rhythmic effects. Exercises will include individual finger damping, open hand damping, muting, staccato, walking bass lines and more. Intermediate but all levels welcome.
- BEAUTY TUNES
What qualities make a melody beautiful and why do certain tunes speak to us more than others? Using a sampling of slow airs in various modes and styles, Kim will discuss what she considers some essential ingredients of a "beauty tune" and share ideas on how to discover (or compose!) your own. Working from lead sheets, suggestions will also be made for easy but effective left hand accompaniment patterns.
All levels welcome.
- MUSICALITY 101
As we learn to play the harp, we are learning to make music. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of musicality, including exercises for tone, phrasing & dynamics, stabilizing rhythm, leaving space between the notes and finding the pulse of the music. Learning to play expressively is achievable and rewarding for any level of technique.
- INS AND OUTS: DOUBLE-STRUNG ARRANGING WITH INTROS AND INTERLUDES
Have you hit the double-strung wall? Need a longer arrangement? Or one that sounds "more like you?" Introductions and interludes can make all the difference. Learn tricks of the trade from Cindy to put your own spin on arranging for the double. Participants will sight-read music in this workshop; bring your own music stand. For intermediate/advanced double-strung harp players; beginning double-strung players also welcome.
- SING WITH YOUR STRINGS: SELF-ACCOMPANIMENT FOR SINGING HARPERS
From the Book of Psalms to traditional bards, harp music and the human voice have been a "dream team" in many cultures. Learn how you can use easy 2-hand patterns to accompany your own singing (or someone else's vocal or instrumental melody). Cindy, an experienced singer and choral director, will also share vocal tips for getting those pipes comfortable. Participants will sight-read music in this workshop; bring your own music stand. All harps and levels welcome - come to play AND sing!
- DOUBLE THE ROWS, DOUBLE THE FUN: A DOUBLE-STRUNG HARP TASTING PARTY
“That's really cool… how do you play that thing?” Explore the exciting possibilities of the parallel double-strung harp in this mini-concert and music tasting session, complete with introductory hands-on opportunities. Cindy will also debut music from her newest publications for double harp. A limited number of instruments may be available for the session; if you have a double and are willing to share it with new enthusiasts, thank you! All levels and companions welcome.
- SPECIAL THURSDAY WORKSHOP: "ARE YOU LISTENING??"
Listening is what music is all about! Are you listening to yourself when you play and practice? How about listening to musicians you might be performing or rehearsing with? In this fun workshop, we will discover new ways to listen to ourselves and others through live and recorded performances. There will be a sample ensemble performance with Mike and a Q & A to follow.
- TECHNIQUE TUNE UP!
Having a challenge with a sticky passage or dicey scale? Maybe technique 'tweaking' is the answer. Join us for tips, suggetions and solutions which will help polish your technical approach. All are welcome.
- FINGER PUZZLES and SHAPES FOR THE HARP
Finger Puzzles and Shapes for the Harp is a collection of drills, arranged in three sections. You will discover the relationships between the position of the notes on the staff and the shape of your fingers on the harp strings. Finger Puzzles and Shapes for the Harp will sharpen your sight-reading skills, reduce buzzing, improve your finger dexterity, and make you a more confident player. All levels.
- I LOVE IT LOUD
For those who want to turn up the volume on their playing, this class is for you! We will look at how P.A. Systems, Small Amplifiers, Microphones, Direct Inputs, and Effects work, and how they can enhance your playing experience and help in those challenging, hard to hear venues. All levels and open to companions!
- BEAUTIFUL TUNES for BEGINNERS
Learn three tunes using a multi-modal approach that includes ear training, kinesthetic and proprioceptic feedback, visual cueing, notation reading, and basic music analysis. Great for beginners, and also for harp teachers!
- MUSIC THEORY and MODES
Get the big picture: starting with the basic building blocks of intervals and scales, learn about chord structures, notation systems, common modes and their variations, chord progressions, and why (and why not) to tune your lever harp in E flat.
- PERFORMING IN PUBLIC: EVERYTHING "EXCPT" STAGE FRIGHT
How to prepare to be on stage by identifying how things are likely to go awry, and how you can plan and practice for them. Stage environment issues, your general presentation, choosing your music, and other concerns are covered. All levels welcome; harps not needed. Open to companions.
- ELEMENTS OF ARRANGING
Sharon will use the tune, Star of the County Down to show a variety of arranging ideas for both hands. Included will be different chord configurations, chords played in different inversions, parallel 6th and 10ths in the left hand, echoing techniques, arpeggios, chord substitutions, variations, pedal tones..so many possibilities! We will also talk about introductions and endings! This is a progressive workshop, ideal for beginner through intermediate players.
- COMFORT CHORDS
Learn how to play and recognize chord inversions and how to easily read them off the music score. Using major chords, you will experience shaping your hand and placing your fingers on the strings in root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion. As we play some inversion etudes, you will memorize the inversion by seeing them played with your fingers. After this workshop, the harp will make more sense and your playing will reach another level! Beginner through early intermediate.
- HARP MAINTENANCE
Learn about lever regulation, repairing small dings, locating the elusive buzz, tuning pin issues, weather and humidity, cleaning your harp and any questions you may have will be answered! Open to all, including companions.
- GEOGRAPHY OF THE HARP
Have you ever thought about the geography of the harp? If you understand the geography of the harp (string spacing = finger spacing), you can learn your repertoire faster and literally play faster on the harp because your fingers "know" what to do before they touch the strings. This hands-on workshop will help you think of the harp in a new way with ideas and exercises that will improve your playing. This is a hands-on workshop so bring your harp. All Levels
- YOU'VE GOT RHYTHM
This hands-on workshop will start with the basic building blocks of rhythm (time signatures, notes, rests, beats, etc.) and move into different rhythmic patterns. We’ll learn the value of rhythmic patterns in the left hand for playing lead sheets, and once you get the hang of that, we’ll explore rhythms of other musical traditions. Some will be easy and some will be challenging. We will discover the fun of syncopation, complex rhythms, and conducting patterns. There will be lots of clapping and tapping, and you’ll be able to immediately translate these rhythmic concepts to the harp, so bring along your instrument. By the end of class, you’ll be excited about rhythms—both old and new—and you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to your playing. All Levels
- JAZZ TECHNIQUES FOR THE HARP
Bring your harp and get ready for some fun! In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the most common jazz harp techniques such as slap bass and walking bass. We will also learn other exciting techniques such as touch damp, swing, lever slides, and more. Students should be able to read music and play a three-note chord with both hands. Intermediate to advanced levels